Sleep Easy is a proprietary blend of traditional Ayurvedic herbs that soothe, calm, and support the nervous system.* Although Sleep Easy is calming, it is not considered a sedative. It is important when balancing sleep that we support natural rejuvenation of the nervous system so that the body can sedate itself in the evening, allowing for a deep and restful sleep.*
Sleep Easy is a formula designed for vata-induced sleep issues, which are often connected to stress and exhaustion. According to the rhythms of nature, the nervous system starts to excite around 2:00AM. If you do not have the energy needed to sedate yourself during this early morning activation, you will wake up without the energy needed to get back to sleep. The key here is deep rejuvenation.*
Suggested Use: Take 2 capsules before bed or as directed by your health care professional.
Bottle Contains: 90 vegetarian capsules, 475 mg each
Ingredients: Organic Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola Herb), Organic Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha Root), Organic Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap Herb), Organic Passiflora incarnate (Passionflower Herb)
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Does not contain: Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives or artificial coloring
Kosher Certified: No animal derivatives
The most widely accepted theory relating to sleep issues is that being too stressed, wound-up, or wired makes it difficult to settle down and get to sleep. This type of sleep-inhibiting stress is commonly associated with high cortisol levels in the evening which, normally, should be winding down as the sun sets.
The logical solution would be to calm down or sedate the nervous system in order to turn off the mind and turn on a good night’s sleep. On the surface, this solution makes sense, but in practice, it turns out to have limited effectiveness.
In my clinical practice, I’ve observed that most people with sleep issues may seem wired, but are actually deeply exhausted and often physically, mentally, and emotionally depleted. Exhaustion, while caused by stress, is also a cortisol-surging stressor. According to Ayurveda, the body needs energy to settle itself down in order to sleep. Without such energy, the nervous system may respond by continuously releasing stress hormones. A person at this deep level of exhaustion may not have enough energy to settle their mind and, although tired, may stay wired and be unable to truly rest.
Whatever the case, getting insufficient amounts of sleep has been linked with increased weight, decreased quality of cognitive function and cardiovascular health, degenerative health concerns, and disturbances in our circadian rhythms that link us to nature’s light and dark cycles. (1-6) Getting enough quality sleep is of crucial importance to your health and well-being!
Those of us who struggle with getting a good night’s rest will try just about anything. Sedatives, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, may only be sedating an already sedated or exhausted person—offering short-term, symptomatic relief at best.
I have had much greater success addressing the lack of energy with deep herbal rejuvenation.
The 4 Best Herbs for Sleep
There are a handful of herbs that I use in my practice that naturally support a healthy response to stress while acting as nervines, tonics, or adaptogens for the nervous system. Be careful, as many herbs commonly used for sleep are actually too calming, causing lingering tiredness throughout the day.
My rule of thumb for identifying a true nervous system tonic is to be sure it supports both sleep at night and healthy energy during the day—making it neither a stimulant nor a sedative. Here are my favorite “four horsemen for sleep,” which make up my Sleep Easy formula in the LifeSpa online shop.
Brahmi (Centella asiatica)
Brahmi, also known as Gotu Kola, is one of my favorite herbs for deep nervous system rejuvenation. It has shown to be rejuvenating for the nervous system with a long history of supporting healthy sleep. (7, 8) In addition, studies have shown Brahmi to help support healthy cerebral microcirculation, natural sleep patterns, and normal memory function. (7)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is considered one of the most well-studied adaptogens and is used to help reset healthy sleep/wake cycles in those with circadian imbalances. (9) As a deep rejuvenative for the mind, body, and mood, it supports energy during the day while under stress, and also supports the body’s ability to normalize cortisol levels so that they are in sync with natural daily circadian cycles. (10) Ashwagandha has shown to support the brain in response to stress-related sleep deprivation, encouraging healthy levels of locomotion, learning, and memory. (11)
Poor brain lymph drainage is linked to poor sleep, and poor sleep is linked to poor brain lymphatic drainage. One study showed that glycowithanolide, a bioactive constituent of ashwagandha, induced an antioxidant effect in the brain and liver, which triggered a natural protective effect against heavy metal damage, shielding the body’s main blood- and lymph-cleansing organ. (12)
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap is another well-studied adaptogen, nervous system and mood tonic that can support healthy daytime energy and the ability to settle the nervous system in the evening. (13, 14)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Passionflower is the final piece of the four horsemen of adaptogenic herbs used in my Sleep Easy herbal formula. Passionflower supports healthy mood and energy during the day while supporting normal sleep cycles at night. For centuries, it has been used as a nervous system, mood, and sleep tonic. (15, 16)
Important Note: A sleep disorder is broadly defined as a physical or psychological problem that impairs your ability to sleep or causes increased sleepiness during the day. Everyone can experience sleep problems from time to time. However, you might have a sleep disorder and should consult your primary healthcare practitioner if:
- You regularly experience difficulty sleeping
- You are often tired during the day, even if you slept for at least seven hours the night before
- You have a reduced or impaired ability to perform regular daytime activities
- Your partner has told you that you snore loudly and sometimes seem to stop breathing
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