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Ayurvedic Sleep Aids
As we continue to study and practice the sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda at our studio, here are some other excellent Ayurvedic sleep aids:
If you have trouble falling asleep (vata)
•Go to bed before 10 p.m., earlier in winter.
•Rub warm olive oil on your head and feet right before bed to calm an overactive mind.
•Avoid caffeine, raw foods, crackers, cold cereal, and other dry, light foods that aggravate vata dosha.
•Avoid TV, intense phone conversations, and exercise after 9 p.m.
•Choose quiet evening activities to wind down, such as washing dishes, folding clothes, and other simple tasks.
If you wake up between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. (pitta)
•Avoid computer use and other work at night. Organize a to-do list to get a head start on the morning and settle your mind before bed.
•Avoid arguments or controversial discussions at night.
•Take an evening walk to clear your brain and cool your body.
•Avoid spicy or fried foods at night.
•Eat a juicy pear every day to cool the hot pitta dosha.
•Drink warm milk flavored with cooling organic rose syrup before bed.
•Rub your head and feet with coconut oil before bed.
If you feel exhausted after a good night’s sleep (kapha)
•Eat a light soup with whole-grain crackers or steamed vegetables for your evening meal.
•Flavor your food with digestion-stimulating spices, such as fresh ginger, cumin, and black pepper.
•Avoid meat, cheese, potatoes, and heavy desserts at supper, as these tend to clog the tissues, promoting snoring, apnea, stiffness, and morning lethargy.
•Make an effort to get up before 6 a.m.
•Exercise daily, if possible during the morning kapha cycle between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Nancy Lonsdorf, MD is a prominent Ayurvedic physician, speaker and author of The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty After Forty with Maharishi Ayurveda (MCD Century, 2004). Her site is Women's Health and Beauty with Maharishi Ayurveda. We found this article at http://www.ayurveda-ayurvedic.net/insomnia.html.