By: Dr. Manoj Samantraya
A good sleep in the night kick starts your morning else, you remain down and dull throughout the day. You might miss your office, wouldn’t be able to concentrate, feel irritated on slightest of provocations and can even get into traffic accidents. According to Ayurveda, sleep is the most important factor for a healthy life as it rejuvenates your body and mind like Anidra, as insomnia is known in Ayurveda, is caused by excessive Vata dosha. Vata plays a crucial role in the thinking process, activity and movement and its imbalance leads to mental stress. Though there are several allopathic medicines to treat insomnia, people prefer opting for ayurvedic home remedies to get back their solid sleep at night. There are a myriad of home remedies suggested by Ayurveda to deal with insomnia, but the proven yet the simplest ones are listed below.
Treat The Underlying Cause
As excessive vata dosha is the reason behind insomnia, one should begin by balancing it. To do so, try having a vata-pacifying dinner that comprises of warm and moist food. On the other hand, avoid drinking chilled beverages and eating raw foods. Try to have dinner 3 hours prior to the bedtime and follow this routine daily. Besides, you can consider having a bath or doing editation to relax your body and mind and let them get into the sleep mode.
Give Yourself a Relaxing Massage
Panchkarma therapy to treat insomnia suggests abhyangam and pada abhyangam, which is full body, head and foot massage with anti-vata oils. To induce a sound sleep, it is advisable to massage your full body with sesame, jasmine, almond or coconut oil. A good massage with Brahmi oil proves to be very effective for head relaxation. Castor oil is best for foot massage, so go for it and enjoy a relaxing sleep.
Drinks To Induce Sleep
Drink a glass of warm homemade almond milk prior to going to bed to get a good night sleep. Besides, one can go for plain milk and consider adding nutmeg or cardamom to enhance the taste and make it healthier.
Some people are prone to consuming more than the suggested doses of caffeine, despite of knowing that it is hampering their sleep. Caffeine sensitive people should give it a replacement with chamomile tea that is not only caffeine free, but also works as a great remedy for sleeplessness.
Ayurvedic Herbs: A Boon For Insomnia
Brahmi being a calming herb acts as an effective brain tonic that improves mental functioning. A cup of tea prepared from Brahmi induces a relaxing sleep and can even cure insomnia if taken regularly.
In addition to Brahmi , Ashwagandha is a great tonic for improving vitality and maintaining balance between body and mind. A half teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder taken before bedtime with warm milk or sugar and ghee can work wonders for treating insomnia. Vacha or Acorus Calamus is known for treating a number of ailments like insomnia, epilepsy and headache. Hence, it can be taken be consumed with amla and Brahmi powder to bring back the sleep you are wanting.
If you are tired of sleeplessness, then go for any of the aforementioned remedy and enjoy a fresh morning every day.
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