Sleep—such a healing balm and one of the three pillars of health in ayurveda. When sleep is off, everything is off. And when sleep is good—well, we all know the amazing feeling of a good night’s rest.
Ayurvedic tips to support good sleep start with lifestyle.
Good sleep hygiene begins with everything we do after the sun goes down. Ideally evening is all about unwinding and connecting with loved ones and preparing for sleep. If you must bring your work home, finish it as early in the evening as you can.
Good evening activities include:
a stroll outdoors
household chores with other family members
sharing with loved ones or journaling
taking a warm bath
restorative yoga or meditation
relaxing and inspiring music/media/books
herbal sleep tea (Tulsi Sleep Tea, Sleepy Time…)
hot milk with nutmeg
Low lighting in the evenings is best. Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that regulates our circadian rhythm is triggered to release as it gets dark. Too much artificial light, including light from screens, keeps melatonin from secreting, which may keep us from sleeping well. Unplug from computers and other screens an hour before bed, and dim the lights or light a candle in the evening (ideally keep all electronics out of your bedroom, or at least put them in airplane mode for sleep).
Our capacity to sleep and to […]