In our 24/7 society, far too many people see sleep as a luxury rather than a necessity! According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30% to 40% of adults say they have occasional insomnia, and 10% to 15% people say they have trouble sleeping all the time.
There could be various reasons of insomnia like:
- An acute or chronic illness
- Intense worries
- Improper digestion
- Irregular eating habits
In Ayurveda insomnia is known by the name of ‘anidra’. It suggests that insomnia can be alleviated by balancing aggravated body energies. The route it follows? By following a customized diet, suitable lifestyle choices and taking medicines recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. Besides that, relaxation of the mind is also an important part of the treatment.
7 Remedies for insomnia
Sip warm milk before bed
Milk stimulates the production of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.
Have this concoction
Boil 3 grams of fresh mint leaves or 1.5 grams of dried powder of mint leaves in 1 cup of water for 15-20 minutes. Take lukewarm with 1 teaspoon of honey at bedtime.
Relax with yoga and meditation
Reduce screen time
Shut all screens two hours before you go to bed. The blue light emanating from screens affects the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
If you are suffering from extreme insomnia, stop consumption of all caffeine drinks, coffee, tea and aerated drinks. If you are suffering from mild insomnia, then do not drink them after dusk.
Tap the power of Ayurvedic therapies
Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara help relax the mind and quell disorders like insomnia. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor to know which therapies are best suited for your system.
Move that body
Practice a sport or workout for at least 30 minutes daily to tire your body and channelize the energy. Know how yoga can help you deal with insomnia.