Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night? If so you are not alone. Ayurvedic medicine and the Ayurvedic clock has some guidelines that may be helpful for you.
Ayurveda is a sacred system of science and philosophy that is designed to help you connect with the truth in your daily life. It is a holistic form of medicine based on a close relationship between yourself and your natural environment. It holds true that we are a microcosm of our larger macrocosm. When the five basic elements of nature, ether, air, fire, water and earth are in balance in us, we will experience harmony.
At 6 pm in the evening we transition into kapha time. Kapha energy is slow, heavy, lethargic, and calm like earth. If we take advantage of that energy and enhance it, by keeping our lights dim and staying away from the lights of screens, we too can take on the qualities of earth, slow, heavy, calm and lethargic like earth. Kapha time transitions to pitta at around 10 pm. Pitta is the fire that transforms into energy, and so if you want a peaceful sleep, it is best to get to bed before 10 pm.
If you want to know what dosha you are and you would like to know more about Ayurveda, I will refer you to this blog post where I tell you about my favourite resources and online quizzes:
Also if you would like more support in balancing your doshas through yoga, then I highly recommend our postures and pranayama section in our membership community. In that section we have yoga classes where we modify each yoga pose to balance each Ayurvedic constitution. Stimulating for kaphas, calming for vatas, and cooling for pittas.
We also have a whole series of classes on Insomnia in our membership community that follows these guidelines of the Ayurvedic clock. Yoga, breath practice, guidelines for eating, cooking classes, and tips for getting the best night sleep possible – it is all in here! There are two one hour yoga classes one for the morning designed to discharge anxious energy and one for the evening designed to wind you down. The pranayama (breath) practices will help you sleep before you go to bed and even if you are lying awake at night. There are eating guidelines and cooking classes for every meal of the day. There is even a lecture going over insomnia and offering tips and suggestions on how to get the best night of sleep possible.
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