Sleep is Crucial for our Health
According to scientific research, an average human is suggested to sleep 7 to 9 hours per night to function at their best. As humans, we spend about 26 years sleeping in our entire life; which is equal to 9.490 days or 227,760 hours.
Surprisingly, we also spend 7 years, trying to sleep. That’s 33 years or 12,045 days spent in bed!
Ayurvedically, each individual is unique and has their own cycles of sleep. From an energy healer’s perspective, the earth changes its energy constants and as humans, we also accommodate the earth’s energies and vibrations of collective consciousness into our sleep cycle. Our sleep has a unique pattern, according to what our lifestyle and habits are.
Moon cycles influence how our body sleeps. A full moon naturally gives us less sleep. It is instilled in our DNA to wake up constantly or have a shallow sleep cycle.According to our ancestors as hunters and gatherers, on a fully bright moon, we encountered threats from animals, so all humans have that information engraved in us; therefore, it is absurd to measure our sleep with numbers.
We all have encountered lack of sleep and grumpiness before, and we have also managed to function with less than 8 hours of sleep. When we have projects to finish or tests to study for, our body is capable of doing its best without sleep.
Ayurvedic Insight on Sleeping According to your Body
Vata Type: Craves for soft bedding with cushions to support their bony structure. They can function fairly well with less sleep. All those people that go to the gym early in the morning are Vata types, as they wake up between 4-6am and have a hard time falling asleep. Their racing mind is hard to shut down.
Vata type personalities should add soft, soothing music to calm their mind, slow down their activities by 6pm, and stay away from coffee after 4pm. Allow their bodies to naturally rest.
Pitta Type: Prefers a little harder bed with less covers, as their body is already heated up. Pitta personalities can forgo their sleep if they are motivated and are working on some kind of project. They have difficulty falling asleep since they have high ambitious personalities. Pitta types are most productive during 10pm-2am. They should create a routine of self care and papering by 7pm and get to bed earlier than usual so they can have a good nights sleep.
Kapha Type: Enjoy heavy and sound sleep. Kapha types have difficulty waking up and are attached to their sleep. They love their sleep, as they have calming dreams; this in return, can accumulate heaviness in the body.
Kapha personalities should keep their dinner light and sleep earlier so they can wake up easily without dragging themselves out of bed, preferably waking up before 6am.
Creating a good bedtime routine is very important in everybody’s lifestyle. Add a cup of warm milk, warm bath, enjoy some reading, prayers, all of them help in having a great night’s sleep.
Other Points to Consider to Sleep Better
– Wake up and sleep at the same time everyday, our body loves regularity.
– Keep your sheets, covers, and room temperature exactly the way you want according to your body type.
– Watch the sunset, the light of sun rays in the evening is important for our melatonin to naturally regenerate.
– Please stop watching TV or having any kind of electronics in your room, we all know the radiations from it damages our brains.
– Throw away all kinds of stimulating drinks. Coffee and tea seems to instantly please you but it also leaves you with unnecessary longterm diseases.
– Don’t eat out as much or over eat
– If you feel like you did not sleep well, let your day go by without any stimulant or naps and sleep at the same time at night for you body to adjust gradually.
– Do not attach yourself to machines that measure your sleep. There is a good reason why our human body is not transparent. The mind will attach itself to different confined results, leaving you with disappointment.
– Don’t compare your sleep, our body is constantly changing, we are different everyday. As our every meal is different, our every night sleep is also different. Carrying an image to refer your sleep will damage your sleep.
– Our body changes constantly, adapt to new changing by sticking to a good healthy routine.
– Address all your psychological issues, through meditation so you can return to sleeping like baby again