5 AYURVEDIC RITUALS TO ENSURE BETTER SLEEP
by Peridot Nutrition on Jul 25, 2022
A Relaxing Warm Bath
A soothing bath before bedtime help remove the day’s residue, relaxes the muscles, and promotes better sleep. Try to add essential oils of Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, or Cedarwood when drawing your bath. In Ayurveda, these essential oils are said to offer a relaxing aroma-therapeutic experience that reduces stress and purifies negative emotions.
Pranayama: Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a simple yet intense breathing exercise that quickly relaxes movement in the mind. Before going to sleep sit comfortably on your bed, close your left nostril and inhale through the right one. Then exhale through the left nostril closing the right side. Repeat with alternate sides 10 to 15 times. This simple breathing technique relieves tension in the body and calms your nervous system.
Drink Warm Milk with A Touch of Saffron and Nutmeg
In the theories of Ayurveda, warm milk is considered to be a healing and soothing tonic. A glass of warm milk with 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg before bed works as an effective sleep aid. You can also add a pinch of saffron which promotes sound sleep and help with depression.
Massage Your Temples and Naval with Warm Oil or Ghee
In Ayurveda, Ghee is considered one of the best substances for Ayurvedic oil saturation therapy and self-massage. Massaging your temples and naval with ghee or warm sesame oil relaxes your body and provides hydration.
The best hours to sleep are from 10 pm until 6 am. So, try to follow this sleep schedule and practice these simple nighttime rituals to enter into a state of relaxation before drifting off into dreamland.