Kava: A Natural Sleep Aid

kava as a sleep aid Kava is well known for its mind and body relaxation properties making it the ideal all-natural sleep aid for those who have trouble getting to or staying asleep. Heavy kava is the kava for sleep as it is best suited to nighttime consumption. If you have problems meeting the Sand Man, here’s why you might like to consider making kava your new herbal sleep aid.

Kava for Sleep and Relaxation

There are lots of reasons people sometimes find it hard to get to or stay asleep. One of the most common causes of sleep problems is stress. When the stresses of the normal working day or life are high, it’s common for your mind to race and you over-think all the issues you are dealing with. The result is an inability to get to sleep or a fretful night of tossing and turning only to awake still feeling tired in the morning.

If that resonates with you, then taking kava for sleep could be your new best friend. A drink of kava will quiet the mind and calm you down. The active ingredients in kava root, kavalactones, affect the brain’s limbic system. Within the limbic system is the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for regulating feelings of fear and anxiety. The kavalactones in kava have been shown to bind to the receptors in the amygdala and this is thought to be the reason why kava calms the mind and generates feelings of an improved sense of wellbeing – perfect for getting to sleep.

Another reason people often suffer from an interrupted night’s sleep is due to body aches and pains. Here again, a drink of kava for sleep can be the solution. Kava has also been proven to relax muscle tension by making your limbs feel heavy.

kava for sleep and as a sleep aid for insomniaWhen to take Kava for Sleep

It’s best prepared and consumed a couple of hours before you plan to sleep, preferably before you eat, or 2-3 hours afterward as kava’s effectiveness as an all-natural sleep aid is greatly diminished on a full stomach. When drinking Kava, whether it’s from the traditionally prepared root or flavored instant kava, your body will begin to relax. The stress from the day will melt away naturally and you’ll be nothing but a pile of goo ready for a great night’s sleep!

As you continue to use Kava as a natural nighttime sleep aid, you don’t have to worry about diminishing effects. With many other products and medications, your body can get “used” to them, requiring you to take heavier dosages to get the same beneficial results. That’s not the case with kava. Kava does not work that way, it’s an adaptogen which means that it enhances the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress, so you may even find you need to drink less kava for the same results as time goes on. And there are no addictive qualities to drinking kava, so you don’t have to worry about that either.

Choose a variety that promotes sleep

There are over 103 varieties of kava so it is important to select a variety that is best for nighttime use and will act as an all-natural sleep aid. The effectiveness of any kava to promote sleep will vary widely based on the variety and the freshness and quality of the kava.

Kava varieties are usually classified as Heady, Heavy, or Balanced. Heady kavas impart relaxation while not making you too sleepy. Heavy Kavas are known for their relaxation with the added benefit of muscle relaxation and sleepiness. Balanced kavas are a good mix of both and can usually be used during daytime or nighttime.

We recommend the variety, Borongoru, from Vanuatu, to our customers looking to use kava for sleeping problems. Borongoru is a heavy kava and best for evening consumption. Our other heavy, nighttime kava is Vulu Waka, from Fiji. Read about how I discovered that variety here. All our kavas come with thorough instructions on how to blend the roots to create a potent all-natural sleep aid that will lull you to sleep.

Noble Vanuatu KavaBuy Quality Noble Kava

When buying any kava please make sure to buy Noble, lab-tested kava. That’s what we promise our customers. Take care to avoid any Tudei kava products or products that could be adulterated with Tudei kava. A cheap kava could be an indication of a Tudei or poor quality kava. Read our article on Tudei vs Noble Kava to learn more.

Kava Lulls You to Sleep

In conclusion, Kava is a natural way to combat any general inability to sleep due to stress, worry, body aches, or muscle tension. In our fast-paced, ever-changing global world, there is a lot to get the mind racing and make our body tense and stressed. When we’re constantly on edge and challenged it is a challenge to get a good night’s sleep. So, it’s nice to know that kava is a natural herb that you can turn to when anticipating a restless night.


Above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Before starting a dietary supplement, it’s always wise to check with a medical doctor. It is especially important for people who are: pregnant or breastfeeding, chronically ill, elderly, under 18, taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines. None of the information is intended to be an enticement to purchase and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Herbal products contain phytochemicals that are not ordinarily found in typical food sources and may produce physiologic effects. Indiscriminate use of any herbal product is not recommended except under the direction of trained health care professionals. In addition, there may be drug interactions that may produce reactions or interfere with the efficacy of prescription medications.

11 Responses

  1. Blake
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    I just ordered the first option that was searched under most popular. I have no idea if its borongoru which sounds like the one I really need. I’m wondering if this just placed order can be changed if it isn’t a heavy kava. I need the best one for sleep.

  2. Marcia Marill
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    I just ordered my first bag, how much root tea/water do you use?
    Thanks Marcia

  3. Joanna
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    I don’t know if the variety I ordered was an instant kava or the kind you prepare traditionally with the muslin bag, I ordered one of both, but it doesn’t specify the grind, just the type I ordered- for my insomnia. I’m assuming I’ll be kneading it into a tea in the hot water when it arrives after seeping it?

    Some forums are saying this strain is middle of the road, but I need help falling asleep, not euphoria.

  4. Lee
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    Does the instant type of kava allow the same effect as the loose type that you steep? I am thinking about ease of use, especially for travel. I’ve had kava in local bars and I just made my first batch at home.

    • Mike
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      Hi Lee,
      Instant kava is a great option for on the go or traveling. It’s easier to prepare and most times just as effective as kneading the whole root in water. Evening or more sedating varieties include Borongoru, Vula Waka and Melomelo which are all good for occasional sleeplessness.

  5. Suzi
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    Hello…I am confused. In the article above, it is stated that Borongoru and Vulu Wala are heady kavas […Borongoru is a heady kava and best for evening consumption. Our other heady, nighttime kava is Vulu Waka, from Fiji…]. However, elsewhere on this site, they are also described as heavy. I am looking for muscle relaxation and a good night’s sleep, and do not desire as much of a heady feel. Can you help me choose? Thank you.

    • Mike
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      Hi Suzi,
      Apologies for the confusion and thanks for pointing that out! It was a typo – yes, Borongoru and Vula are our heavy kava varieties and best for evening use. Thank you!

  6. Katarina
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    Many years ago I used Kava-kava drops for a couple of months when I had sleeping problems. It really helped me!

  7. Kent
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    which product would be best for sleep aid?

    • Mike
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      Typically, Boroguru, Borongoru, and Melomelo varieties are best for sleep. When looking at the Chemotype of a kava, you would look for low quantities of Yangonin (#3) and higher quantities of DHK(#2) and to some extent DHM (#5).

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