A good night sleep is pivotal in maintaining health and balance of the body. It is the time to let the body repair and heal as the mind regains its balance. However, catering to several circumstances our sleeping regime gets distorted. According to Ayurveda, there are three major types of sleep imbalances pertaining to the variations in body types.
Vata: Wind Energy
Vata individuals are characterized by lean, tall, and skinny physique. They often have a very hard time falling asleep with a repose time limited to four to six hours a day. According to the Ayurveda, the nervous system gets excited around 2 am. Lacking the energy needed to pacify the body results in poor sleep.
Overcoming Sleep Imbalances – the vata way
Soaking into a hot relaxing bath followed by a full-body massage with warm sesame oil before drifting off ensures sound sleep for the night.
Consuming Ashwagandha rasayana calms the body and restores balance. It is the best herb for vata-type.
Drinking hot milk blended with chopped dates, coconut flakes, cardamom, ginger, or honey helps in improving the quality of sleep.
Breathing exercises like Chandra bhedana and meditation before snoozing to bed may aid in calming the mind and ensuring intact sleeping pattern.
Pitta: Fire Element
Pitta individuals are characterized by toned, athletic bodies, with medium height and moderate build. Pitta-based sleeplessness is usually distinguished by difficulty in dozing between 10pm to 2 am. Their sleeping regime extends for around six to eight hours.
Overcoming sleep imbalances – The Pitta way
A cup of Brahmi tea or warm milk with chopped dates, cardamom, ginger or honey may help in relaxing the body.
Aromatherapy with a few drops of sandalwood, marjoram, or benzoin resin oil may come handy as a solution to this sleep disruption.
Massaging the head and feet with warm ghee soothes the body.
Practicing a one minute meditation regime followed by five minutes of Ujjayi breathing.
Maintaining cool temperature in the bedroom also helps in attaining a good sleep.
Adding sweeter, juicy fruits to the diet aids in curing the insomniac patterns.
Drinking Chamomile tea before bed works well as a good remedy for vata sleep imbalances.
Kapha: Water and Earth Elements
The kapha body is often perceived to be physically strong, compact and overweight. Kapha individuals can sleep for very long hours, extending for eight to twelve hours. Kapha-based sleeplessness is manifested by an inability to fully wake up predominantly after 6 a.m.
Overcoming sleep imbalances – The Kapha way
Waking up in the morning followed by exercise routine proves to be healthy.
Drinking a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of Brahmi or raw honey is recommended.
Indulging in a head and foot massage with ayurvedic oil makes the senses more active.
Aromatherapy works particularly well for kaphas. Adding a blend of marjoram, frankincense, rose, and ylang-ylang essential oils into a hot bath.
A One Minute Meditation improves the quality of sleep incredibly.
Dr. Vinitha, Ayurvedic Physician, AyurCentral, Doddaballapur, Bangalore
AyurCentral, No. 1,2& 3, Devanga Sankeerna, Rangappa Circle,
Doddaballapur, Bengaluru 561203
Phone : +91 80 99804 99201