In Ayurveda, there are two main causes for insomnia, namely unbalanced body elements(Vata) and interruption in the daily routine of an individual.
The signs of aggravated Vata include restlessness, anxiety and worry. mental stress, increased body activity, fasting, staying up late all can create disturbance in the normal body system and thus bringing a total imbalance in Vata. Emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, hypersensitivity, excess thought and worries, may be precipitated by a history of constipation, irregular digestion and eating habits, and systemic dryness.
Other then the 2 main cause’s insomnia can also be brought on by stress, excessive thinking/worrying, drugs or stimulants, excess travel, overwork or an irregular schedule and lack of a regular routine.
Simple Remedies for Insomnia:
Follow the nature’s pattern of sleep and wake fullness, means rising with sun and sleep in sun set (typically at least 7-8hours of sound sleep)
Regular exercises and yoga can also help. Yogic asanas such as paschimottasana, shirasana, sarvangasana, uttanasana, have proven to be extremely helpful.
Do not eat a heavy dinner, and avoid spicy food at night. Ayurveda recommends a light dinner eaten at least three hours before bed.
Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
Cow’s milk is nectar for sleep. A cup of warm milk with 1 table spoon of honey will induce sleep.
Soaking your legs in warm water for 5-10 min before sleep, and massaging the calves, soles, palms, collar, neck, head with sesame oil is useful.
Shiro abhyanga: – Prescribed medicated oil application for head before bath is helpful.
Adding the following herbs like calamus, Bramhi, Amalaki (Indian goose berry), Aniseed, Celery, Sarpaganda, Aswaganda, Valerin in your diet are useful in insomnia
In the early stages of the problem there’s no need of medication, cooling and calming the body is the recommended line of treatment. At this stage some simple therapies can be followed like:
Abhyangam: (Oil massage):
Soft oil massage induces good sleep and blood circulation; the oil application should be mainly to the head, face, earlobes and foot.
Shiro dhara: (oil dripping for forehead):
Dripping of Luke warm oil over the forehead is good not only for headache & stress but also insomnia.
Thalapodichail: Covering the head with herbal paste
Tharpanam: A dam of herbal oil and juices is kept around the eyes with the help of medicated paste.
Nasayam: (Nasal medication with milk and some medicated ghee)
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