In Ayurveda, health is about balance. There are three types of energies called doshas. When you get out of balance and one of the energies takes over, you can get complaints. This article shares his insights and tips for sleeping problems from the Ayurvedic perspective.
The vata sleep: light, interrupted sleep, or insomnia
Most vata people tend to worry. They suffer from insomnia at times due to restless thinking. Normal vata sleep is the shortest of all types: six hours or less is typical, and this gets shorter with age.
What vata types should pay particular attention to is that they get plenty of rest, don’t tire themselves out, and pay close attention to regular lifestyle habits. These measures may not seem natural to many vatas, but for physical or mental problems they often lead to a rapid improvement. From vata we derive our fundamental sense of balance; it is absolutely vital to keep it intact.
Kapha Sleep: Deep, Prolonged Sleep
Kapha sleep is long and deep. True kaphas often sleep more than eight hours a night. Their signature sleep disorder is not insomnia but sleeping too long. In the morning they take a long time to get going, but afterward they feel energetic until late in the evening.
Everything that becomes heavy increases kapha. Gaining weight, feeling heavy inside, or having a very cloudy day will all make the kapha dosha stand out more. If your sleep becomes much deeper than usual, or if it makes you feel drowsy instead of refreshed, it’s probably due to too much kapha.
What Kapha types should pay particular attention to is that they keep moving forward. Any stagnation turns the kapha stability into inertia. Kapha types may avoid clinging to the past, clinging to people and possessions, or shrinking from change. Ensuring that they are given a lot of stimulation, even if it is not natural for many kaphas, will show their vitality. This does not happen because of heavy, cold food, lack of exercise, overeating, and routine work. The kapha-dosha gives us the feeling of inner security and firmness, an essential aspect of a healthy person.”
Ayurvedic tips for better sleep
Tip 1: Get enough rest and meditate
Get plenty of rest. This is of utmost importance in any vata problem. If you feel you are putting yourself under pressure or going too far with any activity (including mental activity), stop and rest for five minutes.
Getting enough sleep every night is also very important. You do not have to resign yourself to insomnia, even if you have suffered from it for years. The best rest, besides sleep, is the deep relaxation you get through meditation. The dosha that benefits the most from this is vata. After just a few minutes of transcending, as the process of meditation is called, vata is completely relaxed and emerges refreshed.
Meditating has another great benefit: it helps integrate the mind-body connection. This, in turn, makes every natural cycle in the body complete and have a smooth beginning, middle, and end. You can discover with this that fulfillment is a state that you can experience continuously within yourself. It is not a rare flower that you should pursue. Discovering this represents a huge step forward in discovering your true nature. Try this meditation to fall asleep with your guardian angel.
Tip 2: Try out self-massage
Between your eyebrows is a marma (Ayurvedic massage point, ed.), this continues to the middle of the forehead. Gently massaging this area with your eyes closed is good for worry, headaches, mental tension, and other vata problems at the top of the body. You can gently and gently massage the forehead marma to fall asleep at night. Pressing hard or moving in a hurry can disrupt your vata rather than encourage it to rest.
Tip 3: Use aromatherapy
In Ayurveda, aromas are used to send specific signals to balance the three doshas. These aromas help per dosha:
• Vata is balanced by a blend of warm, sweet, sour aromas such as basil, orange, rose, geranium, cloves and other spices.
• pitta is balanced by a blend of sweet, cool aromas such as sandalwood, rose, mint, cinnamon and jasmine.
• Kapha , like vata, is balanced by a blend of warm aromas, but with a more spicy undertone, such as juniper, eucalyptus, camphor, cloves and marjoram.
You can put about ten drops of aromatic oil in hot water to fill the room with a light scent for half an hour. However, you can make this time as long as you want. There are special aroma pots available that are heated with a candle flame, but using a teacup with a small tea light has the same result. A suitable time to inhale the aroma is in bed, because during the day the various sights and sounds often overpower and hinder the effect of the scents. The aroma helps many people to fall asleep and can stay in the room all night.
Also read: Aromatherapy: these four calming scents bring peace to your home
Tip 4: Go to bed on time
The Ayurvedic bedtime is between 9.30pm and 10.30pm. According to Ayurveda, you go through a cycle of kapha, pitta, and vata during the day and at night. When you go to bed too late (i.e. after the slower time of kapha), you find yourself in the fiery energy that should keep you warm at night and you have a hard time sleeping.
To get up at the crack of dawn, you can go to bed early. Because kapha types are geared to the kapha cycle that concludes the evening, they prefer to go to bed around 10 p.m. This is the Ayurvedic ideal for everyone. It allows the body’s rhythms to naturally unwind, providing a deeper, more relaxed sleep. You also give the body time to make new tissue, which mainly happens at night.
If you’re up well past ten o’clock, the ensuing pitta period will leave you yearning for activity. That’s why people feel sleepy early in the evening to get an energy surge around midnight, the absolute peak of the pitta period. Going to bed early is therefore very important for your body. A week of self-discipline can ensure that you wake up refreshed every morning.