If you’ve ever been sleep deprived, you know how important rest is for your health and well-being. Far too many people don’t get enough sleep or sleep fitfully. Over time, this lack of deep rest depletes ojas, vitality, leading to a weakened immune system and chronic illness.
If you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, here are some Ayurvedic tips that can help you get the shut-eye you need to stay vibrant and healthy.
If you are following the steps above and still can’t find a good night’s rest, remember that what you do during the day impacts how well you can sleep at night. Avoid caffeine, refined sugar and other stimulants, as well as alcohol, to bring your body back to its natural rhythms. Minimize electronic use in the two hours leading to bedtime, and finish your last meal at least two hours before lying down for sleep. Look for ways to remove or balance unnecessary stress from your life – this may require big changes or small ones, depending on your situation, but the results will pay off in better mental and physical health for the rest of your life.