Sleep is More Than Just About “feeling good”
According to the ancient text of Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, when the mind withdraws from its activities, then you’re able to sleep. Proper sleep causes happiness, nourishment, strength, potency, knowledge and life. Improper sleep brings misery, emaciation, weakness, sterility, ignorance, and death. Good sleep happens when you eat right, blood circulation with a good massage, destressing with a good hot cup of herbal tea, sleep hygiene through activity that calm the mind and body at night. Ayurveda distinguishes three types of sleep problems and immediate steps to bring relief.
When Your Mind Cannot Shut Down
The first type of sleep problem is when your mind cannot shut down and you have difficulty in falling asleep. You generally feel anxious and worried as you think over the day’s activities. This problem is related to a Vata imbalance. Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing, and the movement of thoughts across the mind. Since Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it, Vata is considered to be the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body. It's very important to keep Vata in good balance. Try to turn in early at night by 10:00 p.m. and get up by 6:00 a.m. regularly. Avoid any mental work in the evening. Have a warm, unctuous, Vata-pacifying meal like sweet fruits, avoid eating dried fruits, eat cooked vegetables, and avoid frozen, dried or raw vegetables. Have a warm bath after a warm-oil massage with Moisturizing Herbal Massage Oil which calms the mind and body and improves circulation. Avoid watching action movies in the evening for sleep hygiene. Take the herbal preparation Blissful Sleep which contains Ashwagandha, for boosting resistance to stress, along with a cup of Slumber Time Tea, which relaxes the mind for a better quality of sleep, by helping to disengage the mind from the senses to fall asleep easily and wake up refreshed and alert.