Health Tip – Dec. 9 – Surprising Supplement for Sleeplessness
Dee Dee – Health Tip
Used regularly, ginseng increases energy, vitality, improves skin and muscle tone, and helps build resistance to stress. And now, results of a small, new study from Korea suggest that it can also improve sleep quality. Researchers at Kwandong University recruited 15 healthy males, ages 15-37, and instructed them to take 1,500 mg of red ginseng by mouth three times a day for seven days to see whether it affected their sleep quality.
One day before, and seven days after the participants took the ginseng, the investigators used overnight polysomnography to monitor their sleep. For this test, sensors are attached to the head, chest and legs that can measure brain waves, the oxygen level in blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements.
The research team reported that the participants slept longer and more efficiently after they had taken the ginseng, but they noted that larger studies would be needed to confirm these findings.