Sleep is crucial for wellness. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, avoid getting sick, and lower your stress levels. That’s why we’re bringing you this new franchise all about ways to step up your shut-eye game. It’s also part of why we developed Calm Mab Sticks. Packed with CBN, ashwagandha, chamomile, hops, and lemon balm, they’re great nightcaps to support restful sleep. 

In this installment, Kevin Spelman, Ph.D., herbalist and molecular biologist based in Ashland, Oregon, weighs in on adaptogens for reducing stress—and helping you sleep sounder.

The Background: 

“When stress is having its way with us, it increases the concentration of stress hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine,” says Spelman. Cortisol is stimulating (read: it revs you up), can cause wear and tear on the body and—get this—can shrink your brain if you’re stressed long-term. 

So it follows, then, that by lowering your cortisol levels you will have better quality sleep. “If stress hormones are not nibbling on your hippocampus, your sleep quality improves which makes recovery from a stressful day much more efficient,” Spelman says. “This increases one’s resilience.”

Ok, so we should reduce our stress levels, right? Easier said than done. One way to do just that is by adding adaptogenic herbs to your routine. It is believed that these special plants increase our ability to adapt to environmental factors (think: that stressful work deadline or taking care of a newborn). Interestingly, this is said to reduce overall stress while simultaneously making you feel rejuvenated.

There are a number of adaptogens but we want to call your attention to one in particular: ashwagandha. It’s been suggested to help our bodies adapt to stress when taken regularly—and it adds value to the ecosystem as a crop.

The Hack: 

While some ashwagandha is probably better than none, adaptogens are best used regularly and in the correct doses. Luckily, you can find it perfectly packaged in Mab & Stoke’s Calm Mab Sticks. Bonus: Each Stick also contains calming chamomile, CBN, hops, and lemon balm. Pro tip: Mix yours into hot water or tea and add a squeeze of fresh lemon.

The Bottom Line: Take adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha regularly for the best purported stress-relieving, sleep-enhancing results. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.