Ayurvedic Treatment for Insomnia – Alveda


Insomnia from the point of view of Ayurveda

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which person have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. The condition can be short-term (acute) or can last a long time (chronic). Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks. Chronic Insomnia is when it occurs 3 nights a week for 3 months or more. There are two types of insomnia : Primary insomnia - sleep problems aren’t linked to any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia - have trouble sleeping because of a other health conditions - asthma , depression , arthritis , cancer , heartburn , pain , alcohol Primary causes include - Stress related to big life events, like a job loss or change, the death of a loved one, divorce, relocation, big light, hot or cold temperature Secondary causes of insomnia include - Mental health issues, depression and anxiety Medications for colds , allergies , depression, high blood pressure , and asthma ,Pain or discomfort at night, also Caffeine , tobacco , or alcohol use. Hyperthyroidism and other endocrine problems.

How Ayurvedic doctors treat Insomnia

Insomnia in Ayurvedic terminology is called Anidra or Nidranasha . And it comes under Vata Dosha imbalance.  Ayurveda understands sleep at one of three pillars of healthy sustenance of life, along with food , healthy conscious relationships and sleep.  

In Ayurveda Insomnia is not just an illness, but it is a symptom of an underlying imbalance and sign of many other chronic physical, behavioral, cognitive and mental issues. Good sleep is essential for –joy, proper physical growth and tissue nourishment, immunity, fertility, logical thinking, lengthy and good quality life. 

Panchakarma procedures – Virecana (Purgation) , Abhyanga (body massage), Padabhyanga (foot massage),Shiroabhyanga (head massage) with medicated oils.

, shiirodhara with medicated liquids . 

Treatment include aslo Ayurvedic herbal medication therapy – which is based on individual case. 

Devastating thoughts and emotions

Insomnia is a state of mind when it cannot relax! It’s anxiety, stress, thoughts, unhealthy relationships, financial problems, insecurity, fear.

Depressed man suffering from insomnia lying in bed

Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Insomnia:

  • Teas –  chamomile, cardamom, and hibiscus-based teas are excellent calming agents 

  • Massage –  using oils and herbs that can help reduce stress, muscular tension and nervous pain

  • avoid all stimulating drinks like coffee and black tea in the evening

  • drink warm milk before bed

  • Relax with yoga and meditation

  • Shut all screens two hours before you go to bed

  • Avoid heavy meal at night

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