Lack of sleep can slow down your daily functioning and can result in a deficit of concentration, which in turn, makes you prone to making mistakes. Luckily, Ayurveda prescribes several remedies for tackling insomnia and getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleeping well is a sign of good health by itself, but sleeping less could mean that you either already have an unhealthy condition, or may develop one due to prolonged sleeplessness. You can measure the quality of your sleep by observing whether you wake up fresh & well-rested in the morning, and by counting the number of hours you’ve slept.
Are You Suffering From Insomnia? Here Are Some Of The Symptoms –
Long term insomnia and lack of sleep usually present as a result of stress, life events or habits that hamper sleep and its quality. Figuring out and dealing with the underlying cause can resolve insomnia, but sometimes it can last for years.
How Insomnia Occurs
How To Prevent Insomnia?
Firstly, understand the reason(s) for your poor sleep and insomnia, apart from medical reasons.
Think about your day and identify your problematic habits, like “I drank a coffee late in the afternoon” or “I had an energy drink during my break”. Try to avoid these. Drink some herbal tea instead!
Keep it simple!
Alcohol may seem like an answer, but in the end, it just messes with your mind. As aforementioned, alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes you to wake up in the middle of the night.Prefer some herbal teas, like chamomile.
Even the content you watch on TV needs some consideration. Avoid movies or shows with violence and loud noises, or horror movies which keep you in suspense. If you have to, watch spiritual content (not necessarily religion-based) or light romcoms and so on. The idea is that it should be soothing to your senses.
A candle-light dinner (which doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic!) or a light, wholesome dinner a few hours before going to bed is nourishing and satisfying for your body and helps you get adequate sleep.
A glass of spiced (cardamom or cinnamon accordingly) warm milk before bedtime can help you fall asleep.
Keep it light!
Stress related reasons affect us all. If you know you can’t get rid of the cause of your stress (for example, you might have a very stressful job or a big family with lots of requirements), figure out a way to manage it week by week, or day by day. If you want to learn more about how you can set your mind to dealing with stress and other external factors negatively affecting your daily life, check out The Sattvic Mind: The Ayurvedic Secret to Mental Health & Emotional Bliss
Meditation is the best answer. Also, consider Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara for mind and body relaxation. It may be available at an Ayurvedic center near you.
Set a sleep pattern for yourself and stick to it. Even if you’re traveling different time zones. This is how you tackle insomnia and other sleep problems.A head or foot massage may be all you need to help you relax.
Read More: Ayurvedic Massage: Everything You Need To Know About Abhyanga
Diffuse aromas. For example, use these aromas separately or blended:
A good night’s sleep is something that can pace your next day or week. Rest repairs your body. Let us know if you follow any Ayurvedic tips for tackling insomnia and sleep problems.
Have a good night!
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein.
Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.
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