Ayurveda has given secrets to good sleep for 5,000 years. This is not a modern phenomena or fad. What is modern, is lack of good sleep, in our overloaded, busy, crowded, highly stimulated lives.
There are some simple golden rules to follow for good sleep:
- 10pm is the hour to be in bed daily for good sleep. Ideally in sleep by 10pm and most definitely asleep by 11pm. This is conducive to daily rhythms, especially those of digestion. Catch this window or you become overstimulated inwardly. Yes, the second wind kicks in.
- Lay on left side for 15 minutes on first going to bed. Then you can lay on back or right side as most comfortable to sleep. This encourages good movement internally and supports digestive processes.
- Rub ghee into temples before going to sleep.
- Avoid mentally stimulating activity for an hour before going to bed. This includes all screens activity. You wish to become ready for spiritualised slumber and nourishment not stimulated and ready for action.
- Ideally do not have electronic equipment in your bedroom or sleeping area. If you do, be sure to turn them off at the power source to avoid them stimulating you.
- Bedrooms are simply for sleeping. Keep it that way and declutter as much as you can in this room of quietude to foster good rest.
- Eat your evening meal at least three hours before bed. Remember when the sun is at it’s highest your digestion is at it’s strongest and after the sun goes down you do not need as much food and have less capacity to digest it well.
- Have a warm bath with Epsom salts before bed. If you do not have daily Abhangha practice (self oil massage), then establish one and do it now! This pacifies and nourishes you deeply imparting inherent strength and gracefulness to the body. It nourishes your nervous system.
- Get up at the same time daily.