Singaporeans are amongst the world’s worst sleepers. In fact, according to a study conducted by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore is the third most sleep-deprived of the 43 cities studied, but before you break out the melatonin, read on.
For many, treating the cause of these conditions is vital and here is where CGH Earth Wellness, the brand behind a collection of leading luxury Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala, India, believes that the ancient practice of Ayurveda could provide a helping hand when it comes to restoring the quality of your sleep.
In Ayurveda, sleep disorders are called Alpa nidra and insomnia is known as Anidra. According to Ayurveda, the doshas responsible for this disease are Tarpak Kapha, Sadhak Pitta or Prana Vata.
We have put together some ayurvedic tips from CGH Earth Wellness that is said to be able to help combat sleep disorders.
Insomnia Due To The Lack Of Proper Nutrition
While it may seem bizarre to even consider such a possibility here in Singapore, fad diets and the desire to be a certain size, have caused many women, us included, to skip a meal or two or more.
Tarpak Kapha is a sub-dosha of Kapha (water). It nourishes the brain cells and facilitates a good night’s sleep. Imbalance of this dosha causes poor nourishment of brain cells, leading to insomnia.
● Take carbohydrate- and fat-rich foods at night before 8:00 PM
● Drink fat-rich milk with nutmeg and jaggery or sugar before bedtime.
Insomnia in workaholics
Sadhak Pitta is a sub-dosha of Pitta (fire) and is located in the heart. It controls a person’s emotions, desires, decisiveness, and spirituality. An imbalance in Sadhak Pitta makes a person demanding and a workaholic, thereby leading to situations that may cause a lack of sleep.
● Drink ash gourd or sugar cane juice after dinner.
● Take five soaked almonds at bedtime.
● Drink 100 ml of lukewarm almond milk at bedtime
Insomnia due to anxiety and stress
Prana Vata is a sub-dosha of Vata (air). It is linked to insomnia, anxiety, and conditions such as depression. As Prana Vata makes the nervous system sensitive, a sensitive nervous system coupled with an aggravated Prana Vata leads to insomnia.
● Wash your legs with warm water and massage your feet with butter.
● Make a paste of milk and butter and apply that paste over your bregma (crown of the head) and feet.
While we haven’t tried these tips out ourselves at the time of publication, we do intend to try those that are relevant and hope that they work for you.