Ever just had one of those sleepless nights where no matter how hard you try, you just can't find that perfectly comfortable position? And even more dauntingly, the amount of time until you need to wake up is slowly wilting away until you're left with a blaring alarm and tired eyes. We've all been there, and as annoying and frustrating it may be, a lack of sleep can lead to much more serious consequences.
We spend at least one third of our lives sleeping, those recommended eight hours per night can have a major impact on your health. This is the time for relaxation and rejuvenation which can help with both cognitive and physiological function.
Everyone experiences sleep differently and once again it all comes back to your dosha! If you need a quick refresher, check out our previous yoga blog here.
A vata individual usually experiences light and irregular sleeping patterns. They are also prone to sleep walking and talking and even grinding their teeth at night. Most importantly, when it comes to sleep, vatas can be interrupted quite easily but then have difficulty falling asleep again.
When pitta becomes imbalanced, the ability to fall asleep is usually affected. As pitta is at it's peak between 10pm-2am, its simple for individuals to become too preoccupied with their thoughts and other mundane tasks which should be left out of the bedroom.
Luckily for kaphas, they usually experience a heavy sleep filled with both calm and soothing dreams. However when kapha is out of balance, this may lead to excessive tiredness and heaviness.
Ayurveda recognises the importance of sleep and how it affects your overall health. There are many different ancient practices and remedies which can get you back to dream land much easier!
1. Establish a Routine
We've previously discussed the importance of having a sound daily routine. In fact, you can check out our previous blog on morning routines here. They can also have a positive impact on your sleep cycle! Having a sense of consistency and rhythm in your day can give you a calmer mind and better sleep. Simple tasks such as having a consistent bed, wake up and meal time can have a major affect.
2. Good Habits
Hygiene is also extremely important when it comes to Ayurveda! For both vata and pittas, having a bath right before bed can have an excellent affect on your sleep. Feeling clean and calm will help sleep come much easier. For vata individuals, make sure the water is quite hot, while kaphas should only be bathing in warm water to pacify the dosha.
3. Wholesome Diet
If there's one thing, we know it's food! If you're looking to bring some balance to your diet, we can help you out! Having a health diet can make a world of difference to your sleep routine! Check out our menu here for some great options.
4. Eliminate Stimulus
Make sure the bedroom serves it's purpose! Every night, you should be leaving work, stress and other activities such as surfing the Internet and reading outside of your sleep sanctuary. These activities can lead to stress and disrupt your rhythm for sleep.
With Ayurveda, sleep can come much easier. You can say goodbye to those stressful nights and instead focus on the much more important things like soft pillows and cozy blankets!
We hope you have sleep dreams!