Will Moringa Help Me Sleep?

Will Moringa Help Me Sleep?

There is nothing worse than waking up after a night of poor or no sleep.

Sleep is basically linked to every health benefit out there (Source).

I remember some years ago I was having trouble sleeping through the night.

As we all know, I’ve always been a Morning Moringa drinker. (Source)

I had known for awhile that Moringa could possibly help with sleep, but I was confused because I normally took it in the morning for energy.

But I thought, what if I just took my Moringa at night instead?

It couldn’t hurt too much as I’m already not sleeping well!

Will Moringa Help Me Sleep?  

Moringa, which supplies Tryptophan, which helps your body produce serotonin and melatonin, will increase total sleep time, the time spent in in deep sleep (REM) and how long this stage lasts. Not only will Moringa help you sleep, but it will aid in you getting a better nights rest.

More information on moringa, it’s wonderful benefits and how moringa will help you sleep is below.

How Does Moringa Help Sleep?

Moringa helps you sleep due to it’s unique amino acid profile. Moringa has 18 different kinds of amino acids.  (Source)

  • Threonine
  • Lysine
  • Leucine
  • Isoleucine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Valine
  • Methionine
  • Tryptophan
  • Histidine
  • Proline
  • Tyrosine
  • Aspartate acid
  • Glycine
  • Arginine
  • Alanine
  • Glutamate acid
  • Serine
  • Cysteine 

That list is pretty extensive, but for the emphasis on sleep, we will mostly refer to the bolded amino acid, tryptophan.

What is Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid.

What this means is that our bodies can not produce it on their own.

We have to get this amino acid from our diets. The main function on this amino acid is to aid in the production in melatonin and serotonin which regulate the sleep-wake cycle. (Source)

For many people with sleep issues, the problem is simply they do not have enough tryptophan in their diet.

Moringa and Tryptophan

Now, increasing tryptophan levels by eating loads of tryptophan-containing foods may not directly increase your melatonin or serotonin levels, as most tryptophan doesn’t actually go to into the brain.

There is a ton of science on this, but basically it is pretty tough to break the blood brain barrier – as your body is incredibly selective about what passes through to the brain.

Some nutrients do make it through, like Tryptophan, just not every single mg of Tryptophan you take will be absorbed by the brain.

Increasing the amount of Tryptophan in your diet will take some time to show results.

Several studies have shown that tryptophan does have an impact on the amount of serotonin and melatonin your body produces.

This, in turn, has an impact on sleepiness [Source, Source].

Not only does Moringa have tryptophan, It has more of it than most meats do!

girl sleeping after taking moringa tea

Tryptophan Table Resource

Moringa Tryptophan contents versus some very famous foods.

Food Amount of Tryptophan (mg) 
Moringa (100g dried leaf powder) 425mg
Chicken Breast (6oz) 687mg
Leaner Pork (6oz) 627mg
Salmon (6oz) 570mg
Turkey (6oz) 488mg
Milk (16 oz) 211mg
[Source, Source]    

How to Take Moringa For Sleep?

To take moringa for sleep, we suggest you make a nighttime Moringa tea without honey or sweetener.

After a long hard day, there is nothing better than slowing down and sipping on a nice tea.

This tea doesn’t have to be complicated, and simple solutions work best.

For a Moringa nighttime tea recipe, we suggest simply boiling the Moringa leaves.

Leave the leaves inside an infuser and pour the hot water into a glass.

Once you see some light green color and the water has cooled, you can drink it.

Many people add honey to their teas for Moringa.

While we think this is a great option, we usually only suggest this for Moringa that is taken in the morning.

For a nighttime tea, we suggest you add a lime to your Moringa (has no sugar).

You can simply cut a lime in half and squeeze it into your Moringa nighttime tea.

This combo is both simple and delicious, and a super easy way to settle into the night.

There are a ton of benefits of taking your Moringa in the morning, and we go over that and more in what Moringa tea good for

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Will Moringa Help Me Sleep?

Now, we know that Moringa has a ton of Tryptophan in it, which will help us produce both serotonin and melatonin.

We also know that these are pivotal in the sleep-cycle (Circadian Rhythm).

But how does this work?

The way melatonin works is by alerting your body that it is time to rest.

Once taken, studies have shown that an increased availability of melatonin will increase PSG measures of total sleep time, effectiveness of REM and elongate specific stages of the cycle. (Source)

In simple English, Moringa, which supplies Tryptophan, which helps your body produce serotonin and melatonin, will increase total sleep time, the time spent in in deep sleep (REM) and how long this stage lasts.

Not only will Moringa help you sleep, but it will aid in you getting a better nights rest.

moringa clock after time

Final Thoughts

If you’re struggling with falling asleep or staying asleep, one of the suggestions I always give my friends is to try out a Moringa tea before bed. 

It takes about 5 minutes to make a Moringa tea at night, and could potentially change the way you sleep forever.

Imagine tomorrow you woke up feeling rested and ready to take on the day.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

FAQ

How Long Does it Take For Moringa to Start Working

Moringa’s long term effects can take a couple of weeks, but some of the shorter effects can be seen within a couple of hours. This is because the body is able to break down the nutrients within Moringa within a shortly after ingestion.

Benefits of Drinking Moringa Tea Before Bed

The benefits of drinking moringa tea before bed are increased relaxation, hydration, better overall sleep and improved dreams.

Does Moringa Relieve Stress?

Moringa is one of the strongest superfoods on the planet. One of the key benefits of taking Moringa daily is the reduction of stress and anxiety.

Shelby Kaplan

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