How to Sleep Better—An Ayurvedic Tutorial (Energy Feed #3) - Ayurveda | Everyday Ayurveda

How to Sleep Better—An Ayurvedic Tutorial (Energy Feed #3)

By on October 13, 2016

If you want a deeper, more restful night of sleep each night, there are a few basic habits you can follow to make that happen.

Learn what they are in the short “Energy Feed” below, or keep on reading…

#1. Eat an early, light dinner.

Your digestion slows down in the evening hours, and your body isn’t programmed to digest a large, heavy meal in the evening or really anytime after sunset.

If you are eat a fairly large meal around 6:30 or 7:30 p.m., it’s going to take longer for your body to digest that than it would at midday.  And, it’s probably not going to digest it very effectively.

That means that when you get into bed at night, your body is still working at digestion, which causes you to have sleep more lightly and restlessly or even wake throughout in the night.

To avoid this, eat a light and early dinner each night.

#2: Follow a bedtime routine.

This doesn’t have to be an ornate sequence of activities. It can be just a few simple things that you do in the same order around the same time every night—like dimming the lights, brushing your teeth and taking a few deep, conscious breaths before your lay down.

This bedtime routine becomes your body’s cue to slow down and wind down.

#3: Go to bed early. 

To get the MOST from your night of sleep, you want to be asleep by 10 p.m.  The hours between approximately 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. are your opportunity for the most rejuvenative sleep.  This is the time of night when deeper, non-REM sleep is most prevalent.

In Ayurveda, we know that in this time of night, Pitta Dosha is more predominant.  Pitta is fire, and fire transforms; it digests and metabolizes.  This means that you’re digesting, metabolizing, assimilating, transforming not only the day’s FOOD you put into your mouth, but all the millions of other impressions you fed yourself through the eyes, ears, nose, skin, thoughts and emotions.

#4: Do these steps around the same time every night. 

Rhythm is important.  Our bodies are naturally programmed to run on BIORHYTHMS.  Following these steps each evening around the same time is going to help you reset your body to its natural, circadian biorhythm.

If you want to learn more about the most fundamental steps you can take to get great sleep, wake up refreshed and have a strong, stable supply of energy each day, don’t miss my free online training on this very topic!  Register for the free REBUILD YOUR ENERGY webinar at this link.

About Lisa Bailey

Lisa shows you simple Ayurvedic practices to relieve anxiety, rise out of depression, sleep soundly, attain and maintain your ideal weight, relieve pain and have stable, thriving energy throughout each day. Following these practices will also help you avoid chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis—some of the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. She is the resident Ayurveda Health Coach and Program Director here at Everyday Ayurveda.  She operates her from a home base in Asheville, North Carolina, USA, working virtually with clients around the world. But...what's an Ayurvedic Health Coach anyway?

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