5 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Night Sleep

24 Oct

We all have read or heard the age-old adage: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Right?

Ayurveda says – a sound night sleep is the base of a healthy mind and body. Getting a sound sleep is the most important thing you can do to enhance your health, happiness, and well-being.

Today, life is fast, extremely fast. Resting and sleeping for 6-8 hours every night is scarce. Extended office hours, travel time, exposure to television, and overuse of mobile phone eats aways time meant for sleeping.

Do you tend to toss and turn at night, failing to fall asleep? Do not worry, Ayurveda can help you. Here are 5 Ayurvedic tips to improve your night sleep.

  • Daily intake: Digestion and sleep are interconnected. At noon, Jatharagni or Digestive fire is strong. It is capable of digesting a bigger lunch. It is recommended to eat a heavy breakfast, medium lunch and a small dinner in the evening. A heavy meal in the evening affects your digestion and disturbs your sleep since digestive fire is weak in the evening. Choose Sattvik food over regular food because Sattvik food improves overall health.
  • Drink milk: Dump the caffeine. Avoid sipping tea and coffee or other beverages. They disrupt your digestion and sleep. Drink warm milk, especially cow milk or almond milk. Add a pinch of nutmeg. Nutmeg helps in calming the nervous system.
  • Practice Pranayama: A bit of Yoga here. Practicing Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing helps you balance the left and right hemispheres of your brain. Pranayam will also reduce Vata and help you sleep.
  • Gentle massage: Massage your temples (two sides of your forehead) and navel with Ghee. Ghee helps in balancing the Vata by countering its dry properties. Cool and calming properties of Ghee help relieve you from Pitta.
  • Sleep time: Time of going to sleep plays a very important role. As per Ayurveda, the day is divided into 3 four hour cycles, known as Doshas – Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. They control your body functions. Pitta Dosha is active between 10 pm and 2 am, while Vata is active between 2 am and 6 am. Pitta is governed by fire and Vata by air and space. To maintain the balance with these Doshas and to cope with today’s fast life, Ayurveda recommends going to bed before 9pm and wake-up by 5:30am.

Why is it important to be asleep between 10pm and 2am? It is because this time is of internal cleansing. The absence of internal cleansing can result in excessive heat in the body, acidity, indigestion, irritability, nausea, and cause metabolism issues.

We are sure you found the above Ayurvedic tips helpful and will be able to apply them with much ease and relish good night sleep.

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