At one point in their lives, some people may suffer from insomnia or have trouble falling asleep .
Insomnia can manifest itself in different ways:
- not being able to fall asleep or take more time than normal;
- to wake up during the night and not be able to fall asleep again;
- wake up too early and stay awake;
- to have restless nights wake up and go back to sleep afterwards.
There are many reasons that disturb sleep and require a visit from your doctor to understand the reasons but for some of us it depends on a hyperactivity of your mind.
According to Yogic and Ayurvedic practices, if the mind is calm, it is easier to have a peaceful sleep.
Tips for a good rest
Here are some tips:
- Avoid stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, carbonated drinks, violent books and films and reduce spicy foods:
- Enjoy a tea with calming properties such as chamomile, rose tea, verbena and lemon to take in the evening. Even hot milk with cinnamon is a great relaxing;
- Observe your breathing . Begin to breathe deeply starting from the lungs, abdomen, rib cage and chest and exhale calmly;
- Practice alternating breathing with the right and left nostrils, breathe through the left nostril and exhale with the right nostril and vice versa;
- Practicing some Yoga or stretching positions before going to sleep helps to pacify the mind and restore serenity;
- Massage the feet with warm sesame oil before going to sleep. This will help the energy to go down instead of going up to the mind. The oil is nutritious, warm and allows contact with the bottom;
- Practicing Yoga Nidra . During the session we dive into a time where we are awake and conscious but our body is still and our mind is focused on tranquility. All we need is to lie on our back and follow a guide on a CD.
However not all of these remedies are suitable for each of us, each one is unique and finds its own method with practice and patience and perhaps even with the support of a good Yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic Operator or a Naturopath .