How can you use Ayurveda to sleep better?
I often hear people bemoan getting in those 7-8 hours of sleep. The jokes, the snide remarks, the detachment to sleep is astounding. Some of the same people eat healthy and exercise but when it comes to sleep, they have a different opinion. “Sleep is for losers.” Sleep is important in this ancient healing system from India. Ayurveda considers sleep as one of the three pillars of health along with proper diet and proper management of sexual energy.
What happens when you don’t sleep well!
Ayurveda reminds us that sleep strengthens our immunity, boosts our memory, improves cognitive functions, increases focus, helps lower inflammation in the body and so much more. Did you know that inadequate sleep is linked to chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, chronic inflammation, and a few others? Research also tells us that poor sleep quality and quantity in children and teens can have negative effects on their mental, emotional, and physical health.
Ayurveda and sleep
Ayurveda has a great deal to say about how to support balanced sleep in general. It acknowledges the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection. If you are battling chronic pain or if your mind is overactive (due to a myriad of reasons), you will probably find yourself struggling to sleep. According to Ayurveda, excessive sleep is because of Kapha Imbalance. On the other hand, insomnia is because of Pitta/Vata imbalance.
Ayurveda reminds us that we are a miniature of nature. It proposes that the more we align ourselves with nature’s rhythms, in accordance with our individual nature, the more we will experience a life in balance. Often, simple adjustments to routine, exercise, diet, and lifestyle habits can have a profound impact on sleep.
Here are a few tips!
As I wrote for SEEMA Magazine, there are 12 ways Ayurveda can help you sleep better:
- Stick to a consistent sleep routine.
- Eat nutritious and appropriate meals according to your dosha.
- Have an early and light dinner, preferably 3 hours before you go to bed.
- Don’t drink caffeine after 2pm.
- Turn off your phone and tablets at least an hour before bed.
- Avoid consuming news and conversations that lead to sensory overload.
- Go for nature walks.
- Exercise regularly but nothing too stimulating in the evening.
- Practice self-massage on your feet, head, and the temples. It’ll help ease stress, calm the mind, and soothe the body.
- Cultivate a daily meditation practice to lower stress and promote sleep.
- Try self-reflection and gratitude journaling.
- Practice alternate nostril breathing. It calms the mind.
Would you like to improve the quality of your sleep using Ayurveda? I can help you from an Ayurvedic perspective!
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional. If you are looking for advice from a trained Ayurvedic coach, contact me.
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