In the fast-paced life we live in, adequate sleep is crucial to good health, you may be sleeping 7-8 hours a night but are you getting quality, restorative sleep? Did you know 700 million people suffer from non-restorative sleep (NRS), so what is non-restorative sleep? The official definition is the subjective experience that sleep had not been sufficiently refreshing, even if the sleep appears physiologically normal. People who regularly experience NRS wake up feeling exhausted. Studies have associated NRS with a variety of effects including; increased fatigue, lower cognitive function, lower quality of life, stress and anxiety, and depression. Are any of these effects sounding familiar?
Let me introduce Shoden Ashwagandha. Shoden® Ashwagandha is a high purity, clinically studied, whole plant ashwagandha extract (roots and leaves). Shoden is standardised to a high potency of 35% glyco withanolides far exceeding industry standards.
Ashwagandha, a well known traditional Indian medicinal plant has risen in popularity recently for use in stress reduction, sports performance, immune support, cognitive enhancement, thyroid function to name but a few benefits, but have you thought about using ashwagandha to support sleep health?.
Shoden ashwagandha has undergone numerous clinical studies showing efficacy in several areas such as improving feelings of energy and vitality, increasing sports performance and improving non-restorative sleep. A newly published clinical study in 2020 (Deshpande et al.) demonstrated that consumption of Shoden® ashwagandha for six weeks under randomised, double-blind, placebo‐controlled conditions significantly improved sleep measures which define NRS. The participants were given either 120mg of Shodan® ashwagandha or a placebo 2 hours before their evening meal in the six weeks the results we as follows in the Shoden ashwagandha group:
By week 6 patients reported the following significant changes:
Shoden® ashwagandha root extract is a natural compound with sleep-inducing potential, well-tolerated and improves sleep quality and sleep onset latency in patients with insomnia at a dose of 120mg daily. It could be of potential use to improve sleep parameters in patients with insomnia or non-restorative sleep.
Written by Lea McIntyre ND