Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a plant-based adaptogen that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Adaptogens are plants that support your body's response to stress. Both rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha (two of the most commonly used adaptogens) have been linked to lower levels of stress and anxiety and better sleep.
In this 3-minute article we discuss when and how to take ashwagandha and whether you should take it in the morning or at night.
Ashwagandha has dramatically increased in popularity in recent years due to its powerful potential benefits. This includes reducing blood sugar levels, decreasing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and boosting testosterone and fertility levels in men and women.
As a general guideline, you can take ashwagandha at any time of the day—day or night, it really doesn't matter. The time of day you take ashwagandha is based on your preference and goals.
Unfortunately, ashwagandha's numerous health benefits will not be felt right away. In fact, it can take up to 8 weeks before you begin to notice its effects. With that being said, however, do not let the timeline of ashwagandha's effectiveness discourage you from taking it. Once ashwagandha "kicks in" it is one of the most effective adaptogens in the world.
If you are taking ashwagandha for stress, anxiety, muscle growth, or really any purpose other than for a better night of sleep, it is recommended that you take ashwagandha in the morning with your breakfast, coffee or tea.
If you are taking ashwagandha for sleep it is recommended you take it 30 minutes to an hour before bed. If ashwagandha upsets your empty stomach it is probably best to consume a light snack before bed or switch the time you consume ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha can be safely consumed in a capsule, tablet or powered form. More recently, it also now available as an oil or cream in various cosmetic products. The correct dosage of ashwagandha is determined by the type of ashwagandha you use. See ashwagandha dosage amounts here.
Although not common, there are a few potential side effects of taking ashwagandha. This can include:
You can read more about negative side effects of ashwagandha here.
Ashwagandha can be taken day or night. The time of day you take it depends on your goals and preference. As a general guideline: