About 25% of adults suffer from occasional sleeping disorder or sleeplessness (insomnia), 7% frequently or even permanently.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, insomnia reflects a Vata imbalance. Vata is the principle of movement and activity; it is light, active, changeable and quick. In Western industrialized countries, stress, over-stimulation and hectic pace very much contribute to Vata-imbalance. The results are symptoms such as restlessness, worry, anxiety, racing thoughts, cold, dryness or tension. Relaxing becomes increasingly difficult. Needless to say, these are not conditions beneficial for good sleep. Bad eating habits, excessive talking and thinking, lack of exercise and/or a poor sleeping routine also result in Vata disorders.
In an Ayurvedic cure, the physician will find the exact causes of insomnia during a detailed consultation and through pulse diagnosis. Based on his findings, he will design a personalized treatment strategy. The focus of the therapy will be on harmonizing oil massage, Shirodhara, Thakadara, foot baths and other special applications with dosha specific oils and herbs. In addition, special herbal remedies will be prescribed based on the individual constitution. The physician will also make recommendations for a Vata-reducing diet. Yoga and an extensive recreation program complete the cure.
In order to sleep well, Ayurveda recommends a healthy diet, sufficient exercise, regular meditation and a daily routine. Good sleep is a result of physical and emotional balance during the day.
To keep Vata in balance, Ayurveda doctors generally recommend:
One of the most effective practices to calm the mind is meditation, ideally right after getting up and before dinner. The serenity will accompany you throughout the day and into the evening.
Soothing Oils and Herbs
Ayurveda utilizes warm, sweet, heavy scents to calm Vata. Sandalwood, vanilla and Indian Patchouli can be used in the room before going to bed or added to a warm bath.
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