At one point in our lives, most of us have probably struggled with getting good sleep. Insomnia and chronic fatigue are common problems in our modern lives. Sometimes, loss of sleep is temporary, like staying up late traveling or studying for a test. Other times, it’s chronic—and that’s when real health problems can arise.
Dreams - what are they and what do they mean? These two questions have puzzled civilizations for thousands and thousands of years as people have tried to use dreams to their advantage.
The Achuar Indians in the Amazon share their dreams before sunrise as a map of the challenges to come. Practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga in India interpret dreams on the basis of psychological and physical imbalances in the Doshas.
Dreams can be terrifying or wonderful, or oftentimes a mix of both. Dreams mean different things to different people. Some take them seriously as inner guidance, and some hope to use Yoga and meditation to quit having dreams entirely and instead enjoy complete peace while sleeping.
Like everything in our bodies and minds and the world around us, our dreams are influenced by the three Doshas. Each Dosha has unique characteristics of what they inject into our dreams.
In Ayurveda, sleep is considered one of the pillars of good health. In today's modern times getting balanced sleep can be difficult. Luckily Ayurveda, being the timeless art and science that it is, has many different things people can do to bring their sleep cycle back into balance. In Part 2 of our sleep series, we go into 9 practices and 6 herbal remedies to prescribe your patients for relief from all types of sleep disorders.