Ayurvedic Treatment for Sleep Disorder, Natural & Side-effect free

Insomnia Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Insomnia Ayurvedic Treatment

Insomnia or sleep disorder is a condition which is characterized as not only lack of sleep, but also the inability to sleep well. This also includes difficulty in falling asleep, insufficient duration of sleep or early awakening followed by the inability to fall asleep again.

Insomnia diagnosis is made when a person has difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night and in the morning have a feeling of not getting enough rest. Insomnia global stats are staggering.  More than 30% of the world population suffers from some kind of insomnia. The main causes of insomnia are stress, anxiety and depression.  More than half of the population in US is suffering from some kind of sleep disorder, and about 10 million people use prescription sleep aids.


Insomnia has a negative impact on your health. Increasing your risk of depression, fatigue, weight gain, high blood pressure etc and thereby spoiling the quality of life.

Symptoms of Insomnia or Sleep Disorder

Some of the noted symptoms of insomnia or sleep disorder are

  1. Difficulty in falling asleep

  2. Early or frequent waking up

  3. Fatigue, weakness or lack of concentration

  4. Urge for sleep supplements and later increased dependency on these supplements for a sound sleep

  5. Feeling sleepy during daytime

  6. Lack of memory

  7. Mood disturbances

Causes of Insomnia or Sleep Disorder

  1. Having to sleep in a difficult sleeping environment for a period of time is a common cause. It can be the climate- too hot or too cold, quality of the bed- too soft or too hard, noisy surroundings, not enough darkness etc

  2. Changes in lifestyle, frequent long distance travel, frequent jet lag, moving to a new apartment etc are some common causes

  3. Stress caused in work or personal life can affect quality of sleep

  4. Anxiety, depression are some other common causes

  5. Having other diseases can cause sleep disorder. This can be due to intense pain, frequent urination, side-effects caused by certain medication, shortness of breath etc.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Insomnia or Sleep Disorder

According to Ayurveda, sleep disorders are caused by an imbalance in the vata-dosha (responsible for the movement). The main cause of vata imbalance can be wrong eating habits, lack of exercise or bad sleeping habits. Vata imbalance can also be caused by anxiety, grief, anger, stress, depression etc.

Ayurvedic treatment of frozen shoulder involves internal medication prescribed by the doctor, panchakarma detoxification therapy for the removal of toxins and a strict ayurvedic diet.

The treatment procedure starts with-

Consultation with an ayurveda physician. (We at superbeing arranges free consultation over the phone or email with a specialized doctor, provided you have send a detailed description of the disease condition and the concerned medical reports)

The doctor performs thorough diagnosis of your body by analyzing your medical reports. He then prescribes a treatment routine to be followed-

A typical treatment routine includes:

    1. No of days required for treatment

    2. The therapies to be followed in each stages of treatment

    3. Number of total sessions required for each therapy

    4. Internal medicines and its timings

    5. Diet to be followed during treatment

    6. Do’s and Don’ts  to be followed before and after  each session

Some of the Panchakarma therapies advised in Ayurveda for Insomnia are :

Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a part of Panchakarma treatment method which involves application of warm medicated oil over the body with mild pressure. The medicine is rubbed over the body in directions comfortable to the patient. It improves strength and alleviates Vata. Abhyanga is a type of Bahya Snehana which can be performed as therapeutic procedure as well as preventive procedure.

The patient is made to sit on the Abhyanga table with leg extended. The oil is to be heated to optimum temperature and applied over the head, ears and soles of the feet. And then the oil is applied uniformly with mild pressure over the body by two masseurs standing on both sides of the table. Massage is started from scalp, head and moves down to neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands and then chest, abdomen, lower back and lower limbs.

Abhyanga should be done in sitting, supine, right lateral and left lateral positions and prone position. At the end of the procedure the oil on the body is wiped off with tissue or towel. The procedure normally takes 30- 40 minutes.

Patient is advised to take complete rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bath can be taken with hot water and soap to remove the oil from the body. Light semisolid digestible diet is advised after the bath.

Shirodhara: "Shiro," means head, and "dhara" is the continuous flow of a liquid. In this process, warm herbal oils, milk or buttermilk, or decoction is poured in a slow steady stream on your forehead.

This treatment is profoundly relaxing, nourishing. A steady flow of warm oil onto the forehead will be very effective in the treatment of Migraine.

Nellika Thalam: The treatment involves applying a herbal paste containing ‘Nellikka’ (Indian gooseberry or ‘amla’) on the crown or forehead.

Amla paste is applied during a headache at the point of greatest pain. This is very effective in getting relief from sleeplessness.

Shirovasti: In shirovasti a bandage is tied and a cylindrical compartment is sealed to head in the form of a cap. Warm medicated oil is poured into the compartment and allowed to soak into the scalp.

This is a very effective therapy for treating insomnia, depression, migraine, headache etc.

Nasya: Nasya is a Panchakarma treatment which involves administration of medicines through nostrils. It is applied in case of diseases surrounding the head and neck. The patient is made to sit or lie down in a comfortable posture. He has to undergo gentle massage over the head, forehead and face followed by mild Swedana, Slightly warm oil is instilled in prescribed dose in each nostril.

Gentle massage is performed on the plantar and palmar regions, shoulder and back. The patient is allowed to spit if he feels any discomfort due to oil in the throat. After the completion of procedure, oil on the face is to be wiped off and complete rest is advised to the patient. Gargling with warm water may follow Dhoomapana (inhalation of medicated smoke) though mouth may be given after Nasya. Nasya is normally done for 7-14 days depending on the condition of the disease.

Nasya is very effective in treating headache, migraine, ENT disorders, facial paralysis, cataract, cervical spondylitis etc.

Takradhara: 'Takra' means butter milk and 'dhara' means stream. In this treatment procedure, buttermilk is continuously made to flow on the forehead.

Takradhara Ayurvedic Treatment are very similar to that of shirodhara. However, the major difference being use of medicated buttermilk.


Home remedies for Sleep Disorder or Sleeplessness

A head massage with any warm medicated oil helps in sound, quality sleep.

A Vata soothing diet is necessary. Consume a healthy, nutritious and easily digestible diet. Timely eating is also very important.

Ayurvedic diet explains avoiding heavy, spicy or fatty meal for dinner. Try to have dinner at least 3 hours before the bed time. Sleeping with a full stomach, means the body will still be working for digestion. So the quality of sleep will be poor as the body will still be trying to process the food.

Avoid excessive alcohol, nicotine, coffee etc consumption.

Learn and practice yoga and meditation. This can reduce stress which help in improving the quality of sleep.

Another remedy to ease the sleep is by crushing a few cabbage leaves and applying that to the forehead.

Avoid watching TV, mobile screens etc before bed. A regular bed time is also absolutely necessary. Also try to avoid unwanted disturbances like noise, heavy music,etc.

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which means the science of life. (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science). Ayurveda is a traditional System of treatment (medical science) which was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic treatment which helps to cure most of the diseases. Major treatment methods are massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. The main Advantage of taking ayurveda treatment is, its completely natural because herbal medicines are used to treat any disease conditions. Its a natural medical system focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth of human beings and it focus on treating and get rid off the root cause of the disease (Complete cure) rather than suppressing the symptoms.Special Ayurveda packages available in kerala for most of the ailments

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