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Ashwagandha May Help Improve Sleep Quality Including For Insomniacs

For hundreds of years, people have used the roots and orange-red fruit of ashwagandha for medicinal purposes. Now a recent study has found that ashwagandha may help improve sleep quality in people with and without insomnia.

Eighty adults participated in the study. Half of them had insomnia and half did not. They were given 600 mg of ashwagandha or a placebo daily for 8 weeks. Sleep parameters including sleep onset latency, total sleep time, wake after sleep onset, total time in bed, and sleep efficiency were evaluated at baseline and at the end of the study period.

Both participants with and without insomnia in the ashwagandha group saw significant improvements in sleep parameters compared to the placebo group. These included reductions in sleep onset latency, wake after sleep onset, and total scores on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. They also saw significant improvements in the Hamilton Anxiety scale-A questionnaire.

The study was conducted by researchers from the D Y Patil University School of Medicine. It was published online ahead of print on August 17, 2020 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

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