Sleeping is a very important procedure for our system as it plays a vital role for our health and our wellbeing. During sleep the body is able to rejuvenate for the next day, muscles are relaxing, tissue grows and repairs and energy is restored. Sleep helps our immune system stay strong, it balances our appetite, regulates the levels of the hormones and improves the function of our heart.
Sleep affects directly the quality of our lives and defines how full, energetic, in good mood and ready we feel to respond to each day.
It is a sad fact that more and more people nowadays are experiencing sleeping problems which co-exist with the high stress levels we have everyday in our lives. Stress doesn’t allow the relaxation of the nervous system causing the activation of fight or flight response. Our body feels like it is in danger and the message received from the brain is to work hardly for an instant solution. Simply put, this is the main reason you stay awake during night.
About sleeping problems
Sleeping problems vary and each individual experiences them in a different way.
The main sleeping problems are:
You stay awake the whole night, there is no feeling of need to sleep. You are in an alert state.
- Troubles with falling asleep
Your mind is over working, either over-analysing or experiencing the monkey mind. The fear has taken over.
- Bad sleeping patterns
You are able to go to sleep but you wake up several times during the night. Your subconscious mind has unresolved issues.
- Waking up early no matter what time you go to bed
You are experiencing a big level of anxiety or uncertainty. Your system is in a survival mode.
- Going to bed late
You have a lot of excess stress stored in your body. Either it is because of the day that just passed or a chronic issue.
Not being able to sleep means that your system is not taking the time needed to relax and rejuvenate. If this becomes a habit, then you will experience a lot of difficulties in your performance and your health will be downgraded.
So here comes the solution from Ayurveda, the Indian traditional Medicine System that is totally nature based and respect and serves the individuality of each human being.
Tips & Tricks for sweet dream
Warm Spiced milk
Have a cup of warm milk of your choice, add 1 pinch of cardamon, 1 pinch of turmeric and dizzle in honey or maple syrup.
Sandalwood essential oil
Put 5 drops of sandalwood in a diffuser and place it in your bedroom. Sandalwood is well known for its ability to promote tranquility and enhance deep sleep.
Warm sesame oil
Massage your feet with warm sesame oil, put your socks on and rest.
Small pillows filled with calming herbs exist on the market but you can always make your own. Choose a herb like lavender or chamomile and place the small pillows inside your bigger one.
It is a yogic breath that calms and balances your nervous system. You breath alternately from your nostrils. Start with the left nostril, closing the right with your thumb, take an inhale here. Close the left nostril now with your small fingers, open the right one and exhale through the right. Inhale from the right, close it, open the left, exhale from the left. This is one circle.
Perform 5 to 10 times before bed time.
Siting in a meditative mode for 15-20 minutes clears up your mental and energetic field. Going to bed with a clear mind and and open a calm heart is the goal.
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Yoga Nidra is a yogic practise known us “conscious sleep”. You can either perform Yoga Nidra before going to sleep to calm your system or during the day when you feel restless. It has an immediate effect on your energy levels, mood and clarity.
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