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Sleep issues and Ayurveda

Sleep is one among the best elixir and tonic of life. It is a natural rejuvenator to refresh every living being in the earth. Any alterations in the quantity, quality as well as the patterns of the sleep, contributes to various disorders of sleep.

Difficulty to get to sleep or sleep well at night, can be caused by stress, excitement, jet lag, a health condition, the medications you take, or even the amount of coffee you drink. Insomnia can also be caused by other sleep disorders or mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Whatever the cause of your insomnia, improving your sleep hygiene, revising your daytime habits, and learning to relax will help cure most cases of insomnia without relying on sleep specialists or turning to prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills.


Insomnia causes symptoms like -Difficulty falling asleep at night,Waking up during the night or up too early,Not feeling well-rested in the morning ,Daytime tiredness or sleepiness,Irritability, depression or anxiety,Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering,Increased errors or accidents,Ongoing worries about sleep.



Ayurvedic approach


In Ayurveda, Sleep or Nidra have been explained as one of the triads for sustaining life. The alteration of the same as well as etiopathogenesis along with the management is being explained in the classics in the terminology “Nidranasa.” Among the three doshas controlling the human physiology, such a condition results from the aggravation of the doshas – Vatha and Pitta, and also depletion of the dosha – Kapha. Also the sleep is regulated by the performance of the dosha in relation with the functioning of manas ie. Rajas Hence it may be manifested both in physical as well as psychiatric disorders. The initiation of sleep is promoted by Vāta and the maintenance of sleep is enhanced by Pitta. Fundamental functions of Vāta, in connection with mental business are activation (pravarttaka), controlling (niyanta) and motivation (preraka). These basic functions are impaired, while the aggravation of Vāta takes place due to specific causes in any conditions, including sleep. The clarity of the sense organs also is contributing to a normal physiologic sleep. Consequently, mano nivṛtti, a relaxed state of mind is very much for a sound sleep to get ensued. In nidranasa, the aggravation of Vāta occurs which will further vitiate the other doshas, Pitta as well as Kapha as per the etiology. Vatha and manas are very much related in their functioning. Hathayoga Pradeepika highlighted the inter-relationship of Vāta and Manas by saying that mind gets active on the light of Vatha. Vatha kopa also results in dhatukshaya which in fact may lead to depletion of the ojus and hence results in physical as well as somatic ailments. Hence it is of ultimate importance to regulate Vāta, in the management of Nidranasa.


Some of the single drugs are Tagara (Valerina Wallichi), Jaṭamansi (Nordostachys Jatamansi), Somalata (Sarcostemma acidum) and Aśwagandha( Withania somnifera). Talam ie the application of a selected mixture of curna (powder) and tailam (oil) on the vertex of the head is done. Siroabhyanga ie., the application of oil on head with gentle head massage is of significant use. Similar is the use of Pada abhyangam or the application of medicated oil under the feet. The medhya rasayana groups of drugs are also of proven efficacy in the management of insomnia which includes mandookaparni (Centella asiatica), sankapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) etc. if any clinical condition is the contributory factor for insomnia, and it has to be managed in an effective manner. The medhya drugs which have the effect on Vatha and Pitta dosha are quite effective in insomnia. The approach is to relieve the individual from all sorts of stressor and to achieve the state of tranquility, leading to deep relaxation, which ultimately leads to the normalization and stabilization of the mind. Behavioral therapies such as stimulus control, relaxation, sleep restriction therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies are beneficial as per reported trials. Cognitive behavioral therapy also produces much better result while managing primary insomnia. Certain drugs such as Somalata can helps to promote sleep, peculiarly in psychiatric illness as per studies. Steam volatile fraction of the roots and rhizomes of Acorus calamus prolongs the sleeping time, Withania somnifera and Bacopa monnieri posess anti stress properties and Methanol Extract of Hemidesmus indicus possess most of the pharmacological activities characteristic of minor tranquilizers, as per reported experimental studies.



Benefits of Ayurveda massage for sleep improvement

The Abhyanga brings great relaxation to your brain by calming the nervous system, joints, skin, and mind by providing warmth and induces better and deep sleep in individuals. It can make you feel good and replace your anxieties and stress with a sense of calm. The oils that are used in Ayurvedic massage are warm and stable which results in sound sleep. These practices can make you fall asleep faster and maintain it for a long time which improves the quality of sleep. A gentle massage with warm aroma blended oil can melt your feelings right away. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate making you relaxed. Ayurvedic massage would be really extraordinary experience for people who struggle with insomnia and other types of sleep disorders.

Reduces stress and blood pressure

Why do people from all over the world come in search of Ayurvedic massage? It is proven to have many benefits including the elimination of stress and blood pressure in an individual. It also aids in the reduction of heart rate. So if you are stressed out, we provide one of the best Ayurveda massages In Luxembourg.

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