Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorder means any difference in the normal sleep pattern: be it sleeplessness, oversleep or intermittent sleep behaviors
Lack of sleep might make you feel foggy and unable to concentrate, or just a lesser version of your normal self. Sleep problems will eventually disrupt your work, family and personal relationships.

Your requirements of sleep depends on what stage of life are you in. Babies and children sleep more whereas at the other extreme, elderly people rarely enjoy a sound, unbroken sleep of more than four or five hours. 

Sleeplessness results in laziness, tiredness, inertia, dizziness, feeling of heaviness, body ache, and head ache, high temperature and cough etc

According to ayurveda, nature also has its own rhythm. Insomnia can result when we are out of harmony with nature's regular patterns. The natural cycles run through phases of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. An unbalanced Vata creates the environment conducive to the initiation of insomnia - the inability to sleep well.
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

  • Inability to have continued sound sleep
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Falling asleep / feeling very tired while driving
  • Requiring caffeinated beverages to keep you going
  • Frequent yawning & lack of appetite
  • Getting up frequently during sleep

Causes of Sleep Disorders

  • Vitiation of vata dosha
  • Neurological problems
  • Mental illness
  • Medical conditions- diseases
  • Tension, stress, work overload
  • Emotional problems
  • Pains affecting parts of the body
  • Anxiety, worry, fear, and restlessness
  • Excess intake of alcohol and coffee

Ayurvedic Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Ayurvedic Treatment for sleep disorders varies according to actual cause of the condition. Ayurveda treatments for sleep disorders will be done to balance and bring to harmony the vata dosha that has become out of harmony with the other doshas in the human system. Panchakarma therapies, rasayana therapies, yoga and meditation, life style changes including diet regime all form part of ayurveda treatment for sleep disorders.
Panchakarma therapies done are generally siro pichu, thalam, siro vasti, siro dhara etc. internal medicines would also be required. 

Ayurvedic Remedies for Sleep Disorders

  • Go to bed, wake up, and eat meals at regular times
  • Eat lightly at night
  • Rub some oil on the scalp and the soles of the feet before going to bed. 
  • Reduce ¬†anxiety and fear
  • Avoid violent or high-action television, movies, or video games, especially at night
  • Follow breathing exercise.
  • Drink a cup of warm milk before going to bed.
  • Avoid stress, strain and mental agonies.
  • Take a hot bath or shower at bedtime.
  • Practice yoga and meditation.
Ayurveda & Neurological Disorders

As Alzheimerís disease is a result of vitiation of vata dosha they are advised to consume vata pacifying foods. A diet of basmati rice, dal, well cooked vegetables etc are all thus recommended. Ayurveda uses medicinal herbs in the several formulations that it makes for treating epilepsy patients. The medicinal herbs used commonly are brahmi, sanku puspam, malkagni, and jata manzi. These medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornam and aristams for epilepsy patients.

Patients suffering from migraine and headache should maintain good dietary habits. This will ensure good health and offer immunity from recurring bouts of headaches. During the time of head ache they should not eat very heavy meals. Consuming cooked vegetables without having it fried in oil should be encouraged. Ayurvedic treatment of multiple sclerosis involves the use of medicinal herbs in the preparations of kashayams, arishtams, choornams, lehyams etc. These medicinal herbs have been time tested and have been found effective from the earliest of times. Parkinson's disease patients are given oral medicines as part of the rejuvenation treatment in ayurveda. These oral medicines are extracts of pure medicinal herbs and are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornams etc to be consumed by patients suffering from Parkinson's disease

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