What is Ayurvedic Medicine for Sleep

Sleep disorders - viewed from an Ayurvedic point of view

In our hectic society, more and more people are suffering from insomnia - the effects are great, the solutions are often medication. Ayurveda takes a different approach.

Twenty-five percent of all adults have an occasional sleep disorder. Ascending trend. A development that should make you think. What are we missing today in a world that is turning faster and faster? Is it just silence?

The consequences a sleep disorder can be serious. They express themselves differently from person to person:

  • Irritability
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • limited performance

In the long term, too health problems occur:

  • Obesity
  • premature aging
  • a weakened immune system
  • an increased risk of heart disease


The fact is that nowadays sleep disorders are mostly treated with medication. With that you will the symptom is gone, but the cause remains. The consequence is the constant use of medication. Not always the healthiest solution.

Vata disorder

Usually a Vata disorder, sometimes an unbalanced Pitta, is the culprit. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution because the causes can be varied and everyone is different. Possible triggers for sleep disorders can include: be:

  • wrong eating habits
  • stress
  • the extreme dissection of things
  • bad sleeping habits
  • too little balance between activity and relaxation
  • To care

Typical symptoms of a Vata disorder are stiff joints, back problems or constipation. It is best to consult an Ayurvedic doctor. They can look at your case individually and put together perfectly coordinated measures.

Tips for a good night's sleep:

Now we come to a few specific recommendations on how to sleep better.

  • In Ayurveda, every time of the day has a dosha. At around 10 p.m., Kapha time ends and Pitta time begins. This means that you should go to sleep before 10 p.m. and then best get up before 6 a.m., because then the Vata time ends. So you sleep during the Pitta phase, which has a positive effect on the regeneration of the body during sleep. It is also easier to fall asleep and sleep through.
  • Routine is important. Make sure you have a regular daily routine, go to bed at the same time every day and establish sleep rituals. Do the same thing the night before you go to sleep, program your nervous system to slow down with these activities.
  • Move is important for proper sleep. It all depends. Studies have confirmed that people who exercise regularly sleep better. In addition, the stress hormone cortisol is broken down, which also helps with falling asleep.
  • yoga is actually doubly helpful. Not only does it train the body, it is also good for general mood and stress levels.
  • eat Do it three times a day, preferably at the same time. Avoid spicy food in the evening. It also helps not to consume caffeine or alcohol after 5 p.m.
  • In your bedroom should you only sleeping. This makes it a place where everyday life, hectic pace and stress have no place.
  • Before going to sleep, a neck, hand, or foot massage with vata oil or ghee is a way to relax. This is how it contributes to a good night's sleep.
  • Specific Ayurvedic herbs calm down. This includes:
    -Guduchi: soothes the mind
    -Ashvagandha: helps against stress
    -Brahmi: for nervousness and restlessness
  • Also a good idea: Vata tea with liquorice, ginger, cinnamon & cardamom as well warm milk with honey, nutmeg, saffron, cinnamon, ginger or cardamom (not necessarily suitable for Kapha types). Also Herbal teas (Fennel, St. John's wort) are one possibility.
  • Of course is too meditation a possibility.