Ayurveda and the Importance of Sleep | Nidra

Published: Nov 2, 2021 | Revised: Mar 7, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Ayurvedic | Importance of Sleep | Nidra

According to Ayurveda Medicine, sleep — which is called Nidra in India — is an important pillar in sustaining life.

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Getting enough sleep supports our wellbeing, proper bodily growth and development, an efficient immune system, our learning capacity, our overall health, and a good quality of life.

Suppressing sleep can cause headaches, body pains, internal organs dysfunction, immunity reduction, and feelings of heaviness and inertia.

It’s important to go to sleep at the right time, such as prescribed in the Dinacharya daily Self-Care routine, that is, not later than 10:00 p.m.

Some Ayurvedic tips for a good night’s sleep

  • Massage your body with warm oil — Abhyanga;
  • Massage your feet with warm oil — Pada Abhyanga;
  • Take a bath with warm water;
  • Consume soup that is easily digestible;
  • Consume rice with milk or yoghurt;
  • Consume calming herbal teas;
  • Burn incense that calms your mind;
  • Listen to soothing music;
  • Use soothing eye drops;
  • Use a comfortable bed;
  • Perform Pranayama or meditation;
  • Go to sleep at the proper time;
  • Comply to the Dinacharya daily routines;

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