Nidra (Sleep) From an Ayurvedic Perspective

How did you sleep last night?

Poorly, not long enough, or broken? Evidently, you are not alone. According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, up to 40% of adults indicate that they receive an inadequate night’s sleep.

The Samhitas, ancient Ayurvedic texts, consider sleep to be one of the three pillars that sustain life in the human body. It is considered the temporary detatchment of the mind from the senses (indriyas) and their objects of perception.

The traya upastamba, 3 life sustaining pillars, are:

  1. Ahara (Food)
  2. Nidra (Sleep)
  3. Brahmacharya (Controlled sexual life)

The causes of Nidra Naasa (Insomnia) include:

  • Increased Vata causes Nidranasa (Sleeplessness)
  • Increased Pitta causes Alpanidratha (disturbed sleep)
  • Chittotkanta (mental tension)
  • Asukhya sayya (an uncomfortable bed)
  • Satvo daaryam (mind not prepared for sleeping)
  • Rookshaannam (dry foods)
  • Kala swabhaava (time unsuitable for sleep)
  • Kshaya (malnutrition)
  • Vyaadhi (disease)
  • Vata pitta vriddhi (increased Vata and Pitta)

A good and restful sleep helps to increase our happiness, strength, nourishment, longevity, and vigour. Incorporate these tips into your life to improve your sleep!

Ayurvedic ways to Promote Nidra:

  1. Warm milk: add a pinch of nutmeg add some crushed blanched almonds
  2. Herbal tea: 1 part Tagara, 1 part valerian root powder, 1 part chamomile. Mix 1/4 of this powder with warm water before bedtime
  3. Chamomile tea
  4. Suggested Herbs: Ashwagandha, Tagara, and Jatamansi
  5. Abhyanga (oil massage)
  6. Padaabhyangam (foot massage) using Dhanvantara taila or ksheerabala tailam
  7. Shirodhara, shiropicchu, shirovasti, utsadana (special ayurvedic body treatments)
  8. Snana (warm bath)
  9. Listening to pleasant music, a comfortable atmosphere and bed
  10. Yogic asanas such as pascimotta sana and sirasa
  11. Putting sesame oil into the ear
  12. Put lepa (medicated paste) with Sandalwood on the head
  13. So-Hum mediation. Inhale with So and exhale with Hum while lying on the back and focusing your mind on the third eye

If you are suffering from sleeping problems, please email us at more tips on how to improve your sleep patterns!

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you a good sleep, your Lakshmi team.


* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

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