Sleep is probably one of the most important activities of the day. In this seemingly passive state, a whole lot happens in the body. Most of us are well aware of the effects of one challenged night’s sleep—poor mood, not as attentive, difficulty with concentrating, sleepiness throughout the day. But the consequences of having chronically challenged sleeping patterns go much deeper. When sleep is compromised over a long period of time, there is more of a chance to have accidents, which can be serious especially when driving or when working with heavy machinery. Quality of life also suffers due to lack of energy or affected mood, disturbing social interactions. The likelihood of having high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disturbances increases, the immune system suffers, and weight gain becomes much more likely.1
Over a third of adults report sleeping less than seven hours per night.1 Sometimes this is out of circumstance, but many times it is due to an inability to sleep well. In Ayurveda, all doshic imbalances can have an impact on sleep. Regardless of the cause, I Sleep Soundly is a product that can help.
Unlike many sleep supporters, this product does not work by overly sedating like a tranquilizer.
To help illustrate this, let’s take a closer look at some key ingredients in I Sleep Soundly. Ashwagandha is an herb well known to help the body naturally adapt to stress. In doing so, the body is calmer and more relaxed at the time of sleep, allowing the mind and body to enter a more restful state. The same ashwagandha herb provided by Banyan Botanicals was tested in an online survey. According to the survey, taking this herb showed improvement in sleep quality by 66.9% in total, including an enhancement of nearly 13% in the ability to fall asleep and a 15% decrease of waking up during early hours of the morning.
Skullcap is another key ingredient in I Sleep Soundly. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in healthy volunteers, taking this herb improved mood and anxiety without reducing energy or cognition. Therefore, skullcap also helps one get to a more restful state by calming the nervous system and easing the mind.2 This is a common American herb used by people to help support restful sleep.
Bhringaraj, similarly, is an Ayurvedic herb that many use to calm and soothe the mind, particularly with pitta imbalances. Valerian is an ideal herb to help increase heaviness and kapha (tamas) in the mind to help with sleep. In fact, in a randomized, controlled trial in postmenopausal women, taking valerian significantly improved the quality of sleep and scores on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.3 Chamomile, a favorite for sleep and relaxation, is also included in this beautiful formulation.
If you are in search for more restful sleep, give I Sleep Soundly a try! Your mind and body will thank you every morning! For more deep-seated difficulties with sleep, you may need to take the product for a longer period of time as the herbs help balance the energies in the body.
1 Chiara Cirelli. “Insufficient sleep: Definition, epidemiology, and adverse outcomes.” UpToDate, accessed August 26, 2016, https://www.uptodate.com/contents/insufficient-sleep-definition-epidemiology-and-adverse-outcomes?source=preview&search=sleep&language=en-US&anchor=H8&selectedTitle=10~150#H433566388.
2 C Brock, et al. “American Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia): a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of its effects on mood in healthy volunteers.” Phytother Res. 28, no 5 (May 2014): pp 692-8.
3 S Taavoni, et al. “Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial.” Menopause. 18, no 9 (September 2011): pp 951-5.