What is Insomnia?
Insomnia has made many people's lives difficult in the world. Often, it becomes a chronic disease, which exhausts us completely, because it does not allow us to get the right amount of sleep, and day after day we become more and more tired.
The good news is that in many cases this condition is treatable. Taken on time, a series of comprehensive measures can give a great result for our recovery. It's great if we can solve our insomnia without getting too intoxicated with medication, so we turn to the millennial knowledge of Indian health science Ayurveda.
The first is to determine the nature of the condition that bothers us. This usually happens in a long conversation with an Ayurvedic doctor who has to determine what the balance of our doshi is, or in other words, what our constitution is. This usually determines the nature of the problems we have with sleep. .
People with a predominantly wata profile often fall asleep easily, but wake up at night and cannot return to sleep. Those who find it difficult to fall asleep usually have a more pronounced pita dosha. With those with a constitution, sleeplessness is rarely observed, but there are cases where, at exacerbated levels of the dominant dosha, they suffer from falling asleep even though they are sleeping normal hours or even more than the others. In such cases, treatment is not much different from patients with classic non-insomnia symptoms.
A great cure for Ayurvedic insomnia is the herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
It is a powerful adaptogen, which means it cures many conditions and virtually has no side effects. Because of the miraculous effect of this plant, its glory is worn long and wide and many people call itIndian Ginseng.
Ashwagandha can be taken in many different forms– Pharmacies are sold in capsules as well as in powder, with a different dose of the herb, alone or in combination with other medicinal extracts. Nowadays, ashwaganda foods can be found in organic and specialist stores, but it is best to buy it in its purest form, to be sure of the contents of the bag. Although you cannot overdo it with the extract, it is a good idea to consult the daily intake of extract from this plant, if for no other reason, so that you can get the maximum benefit from it.
Another herb with a very healing effect is the so-called tagar
So-called, because this powerful remedy that can cure many diseases is actually well known in Bulgarian traditional medicine. Tagur in ayurveda has even more strange names like asarun, sugandhbala, kutil – and for us here is the well-known and almost ordinary … valerian.
Valeriana wallichiiis an herb that in the past has been consumed by our grandmothers as tea, and today can be taken in many forms, including various developments of its extract are also available in the pharmaceutical industry as capsules, solutions and others. In conventional Western medicine it has long been arguably proven that valerian intake suppresses catabolism of an important neurotransmitter, called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), thus increasing its concentration, lowering the activity of the central nervous system or, say, the nervous system. sleepy.
Ayurvedic people use valerian or tagar in the form of tincture, powder and extract
Its oil contains calaric, maalitol and ar-turmeric. It has an unpleasant, rather heavy aroma because of isovaleric acid. Just a quarter teaspoon of icing on a powder can help us fall asleep if we drink it with a glass of milk.
In Bulgaria, unfortunately, this segment is still not so much marketed and it is harder for the end user to find powder valerian. In addition, we have to consider the country of origin of the plant whose extract we accept because Indian varieties of valerian have a higher content of medicinal ingredients.
Sleep is key in Ayurveda
One of the key things to recovering our Ayurvedic balance is to go to bed at the same hour in the evening but also to get up in the morning at the same time and generally keep up with the rhythm of our daily lives.
In Ayurveda, getting up early is recommended early in the morning around sunrise. It is best for people who are predominantly cotton wool to get up at about 6 in the morning. In contrast, those with the most common dosha pie are advised to start their day around 5:30, and people with a dominant coffee dosha should be up to 4:30 am
According to Ayurveda, insomnia is often caused by inappropriate diet and difficulty digesting
If our sleep problems turn out to be caused by this, then the measures we need to take should specifically address these causes of our condition. This again has to do with the prevalent dosha or group of doshas in our country.
It is surprising which Ayurvedic foods are actually recommended to be avoided and to which advantage. That is why it is important that we discuss with our specialists our way of eating before making cardinal changes in it.
They can help us understand how milk and other lactose products affect our body. According to Ayurveda, milk is a wonderful natural sleeping aid, as long as we can assimilate it well into our digestive system.
A regular way to deal with insomnia is an effective way of dealing with insomnia
Exercise known in the Western world simply as yoga. It is good to practice regularly, preferably daily, and the exercises should not be done alone in the evening. Sun greetings are great for people who struggle to normalize their night sleep.
Practice them regularly, bearing in mind that you can apply different variations, on the one hand, so that you do not get bored and on the other, to develop your body as fully as possible. Yoga activities normalize heart rate and help us find peace of mind, which is one of the most important things for our restful night's sleep.
Our lifestyle is a great effect on the fight against insomnia, so for some of us change is not as easy to achieve as it is for others. Experts advise that we prepare our own program in the morning and evening so that it fits our constitution.
For some people, it is recommended that they stick to a lighter rhythm before bedtime in order to rest their sleep. This type of person, for example, should not overdo exercise, physical and emotional stress in the last hours before retiring to sleep.
Conversely, for others, it is utterly necessary to expend the tension and energy of the day, because otherwise they would not be able to sleep at all. Usually, sleep problems occur in people who have imbalanced levels of watt dosha, but it is not necessary that watt dosha be prevalent in order to suffer from insomnia.
For people with problematic sleep, ayurvedic specialists recommend going out after nature often. It is important to walk, and not always to ride or drive a car, it is also very important to learn how to breathe properly. Of course, walking in the mountains is the most appropriate. When all the chakras are open, it will be much easier for us to fall asleep, and we will be much more awake in the morning.
Feet rubbing is a great way to take care of ourselves. Applied in the evening before bedtime, a good Ayurvedic massage will soothe the circulation and help us fall asleep faster. At the discretion of the healer, abhyang massage on the head may be added to the therapy.
The forehead, face, temples are rubbed with special oils that act directly on the skull area. In this case, the therapist adheres to the treatment schedule with the constitution of the patient, as well as with the removed symptoms of the specific diagnosis.