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If you are a working professional with a job that takes most of your time, you will connect with me instantly on the lack of sleep. The stress levels and increased work timings have pushed people more and more towards losing their sleep. A sound sleep, believe it or not, has become a myth for many people. People, both old and young, are struggling to find time for a good night’s sleep.
People are trying everything they can to sleep, from taking pills to yoga to Ayurveda, the spectrum is broad. With the increased awareness of natural remedies for any sort of issue, people are preferring Ayurveda over taking medicines.
Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing system, is an ancient science that originated in India. Ayurveda literally translates to “the science of life” is a practice that teaches you to live a healthy life without the use of medicines.
Ayurveda consists of three critical pillars of health - sleep, proper diet, and balanced sexuality. The term used for naturally induced sleep in Ayurveda is ‘Bhutadhatri,’ a Sanskrit derivation from two words, ‘bhuta’ - physical body, and ‘dhatri’ - mother. Just like a mother nurtures a baby, similarly, sleep nurtures and nourishes the body. According to Charaka Samhita, a renowned Vedic text, sleep provides you with everything like strength, knowledge, contentment, fertility, happiness, and fulfilled life.
Follow these simple tips from Ayurveda to rejuvenate yourself with a naturally induced sleep.
This tasty recipe will add flavors to not only your milk but also your sleep. Milk is consumed by every human being right from birth, and consuming spiced milk provides the body with maternal care before you retire for the day. Making this milk is extremely easy, warm some on the stove and add spices like cardamom, turmeric, saffron, and cinnamon along with some sugar and bring it to boil.
A pro tip: Add nutmeg for added flavor and will pace up in inducing natural sleep.
Ayurveda agrees to the saying of Benjamin Franklin - “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Practitioners of Ayurveda aim to go to bed by 10 p.m. to rise by 6 p.m., as it provides the body with a natural boost to increase immunity and get clarity and optimism, something called ‘sattva’ in Sanskrit.
Sattva is the ethos of peace, harmony, synchronization, and balance in Ayurveda and yoga psychology. The sense of satisfaction that you get without a concrete reason; the joy of being alive is provided to the body by ‘sattva.’
Apart from the benefits mentioned above, waking up early will also prompt you to sleep earlier, thus improving your sleep quality.
Meditation is at the pinnacle of uncluttering your mind and sleeping without bothering thoughts at night. You will be surprised by how fast can a clear conscious, and subconscious mind helps you in sleeping.
Try meditating by chanting “om.” Hold the focus on your heart, inhale, and chant “om” as you exhale. Hold the ‘o’ sound while you inhale and the ‘m’ sound while exhaling. Do this for a minimum of ten minutes. Not only will it make it easier for you to sleep, but it will also nourish your physical and emotional heart.
An Ayurvedic oil massage, which increases the blood circulation in your body. All you have to do is warm some sesame oil (til) and massage your body using it. Massage from your extremities into your heart, enabling the oil to get soaked by the skin, followed by a soothing warm shower. A tip to remember for ladies, avoid this practice in your menstruation.
Be it Ayurveda or any other practice, having an early supper is beneficial to everybody. It eliminates bloating and gives the body time to digest your food. Sleeping after a heavy dinner makes it tough to lie down, and hence it is always suggested to have your dinner by 7:30 p.m. every day.
Ayurveda is a strong force that has been around for as long as you can remember. These practices might sound easy, but the fact is they have a proven track record of working miraculously. Who doesn’t require a good night’s sleep? It is a crucial element in boosting your health, well-being, mental peace, and being happy.