A certain amount of work is very healthy for you. Sounds strange, but it’s true! While we may bicker from time to time about the daily grind, this doesn’t hide the fact that it is good for us to get out there and be productive in society during our work week, whatever that may look like.
However, work is also stressful. And sometimes there are things out of control, such as having to work long overnight shifts or some overtime to catch up on bills. Even if you are lucky to enjoy to have a job that suits your lifestyle to a ‘T,’ it is more than likely that your body could use some extra support to wind down from work once you get home.
That’s where herbs like ashwagandha root can be of help. Ashwagandha is an herb that has found a wide range of uses in Ayurvedic medicine. Two of these uses include supporting the nervous system and helping the body react to stress. Here are just a few reasons you may wish to wind down from work with ashwagandha root.
Relaxing Your Nerves
One reason you may be able to wind down from work with ashwagandha use is because the herb has been known to support the nervous system. In particular, Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce cortisol levels. Your body naturally releases cortisol in response to daily stress, but when too much of the hormone is released there can be unwanted results. Ashwagandha also helps repair nerves. In some cases, the herb has been known to support cognitive health.
It can be difficult to turn the page from the challenges of your work day to the responsibilities of everyday life. As good as it feels to crack open a beer and put your feet up once you get in the door, there are healthier options out there. Ashwagandha has been known to have a calming effect on the nerves. A cup of Ashwagandha tea might be just what you need to put a stop to the swirling thoughts that try to follow you home from the workplace.
Promoting Restorative Sleep
Another way ashwagandha can be of use is by supporting a healthy sleep cycle. Ashwagandha has been known to rejuvenate the body and address stress-related exhaustion. This certainly relates to individuals who must work irregular hours which challenge their bodies’ circadian rhythm. At one time or another, we have all experienced difficulty in falling asleep. This can be a debilitating feeling since we know that a good night’s rest is necessary for performing our best at work the next day.
There has been research suggesting ‘shift work’ can have a negative effect on your health. That is to say that when we are putting in hours of work that do not coincide with daylight hours, we are potentially putting our health at risk. Stomach problems, challenges to cognitive health, and increased risk of physical injury have all been linked to irregular work hours. Yet modern society does not allow people in many different professions to keep these “normal” hours. One of the best ways we can support our bodies is by making sure it gets restorative sleep.
When it comes to dosing ashwagandha, 300-500 mg is considered a normal amount. There are tinctures and tablets of the herb available that are recommended to take with a meal. A way to take ashwagandha that some may want to try is by drinking the herb as a tea. While it is possible to make ashwagandha tea from the comfort of home, there are tea packets one can purchase for convenience. Popping a tea bag into a cup of hot water when leaving work may be something to add to your daily routine.
Ashwagandha root is a fascinating herb that continues to be studied for its potential medical benefits. The herb shows promise for a wide range of daily uses, most notably for nervous system and sleep cycle support. When used correctly, one can certainly wind down from work with Ashwagandha. Work is necessary, but it doesn’t have to take more of a toll on your health than it should. Let ashwagandha help.