Sleep is an essential component of good health and peace of mind. Not just sleep, but deep sleep. Experiencing a deep sleep is when little or no energy is consumed with vivid dreams, nightmares or negative thoughts. This quiet state gives the body and mind a chance to renew, refresh and restore.
Modern day's over-stimulating lifestyle often keeps our minds tense throughout the day and consequently, into the night. Many people, despite sleeping 8 to 12 hours (if they're one of the luckier ones), wake up feeling exhausted. Without the practice of relaxation and meditation, the person may only experience light sleep or a dream state where energy is still being expended. Deep sleep may not be accessible.
Low-quality sleep or insomnia interferes with our ability to work and think clearly. Our bodies feel heavy and lethargic. The appetite is weakened and digestion is impaired.
Some common causes of insomnia are:
Ayurveda offers dietary guidelines, herbal remedies, Yoga and meditation to support a healthy sleep free of nightmares and stress.
First and foremost, make sure that you are setting aside enough time for sleep. Six to seven hours of sleep is sufficient for most though some may need more or less depending on their Prakriti. People with a predominately Vata constitution may benefit from more hours of sleep while Kapha types benefit from less.
Having a good diet and balanced digestion is about what you eat and when, where and how you eat. Good digestion is essential for a relaxed body and mind and good sleep. Here are some simple tips for stress-free eating:
One of the keys to relaxing at night is to reduce the number of stimuli you are subjected to during theday. Find some down time during the day to relax and meditate or read something spiritual. This can make the body and mind's transition to sleep easier when it's time for bed.
Stress in our lives comes from our mental and emotional reactions to external events. Feeling peaceful involves a positive mental attitude. Meditation is an effective way to reduce stress, dissolve anxieties and invite a sense of calm to your mind. Practice meditation 10 to 20 minutes per day.
Practicing Yoga is very therapeutic for the body, mind and spirit. One of the most calming and soothing postures or asanas for the entire nervous system is Savasana or Corpse Pose. This pose gives total relaxation to the body reducing physical, mental and emotional stress and strain and fatigue of all kinds. Try practicing Savasana for 10 to 30 minutes before bed, using aromatherapy.
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Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health.
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.