Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ayurveda evening routine

From 10pm to 2am pitta dosha dominates so if you stay up much after 10pm you may feel wide awake again and have trouble getting off to sleep when you do go to bed.  

It is best to have your evening meal early and turn off television, computers, laptops Smart phones etc at least an hour before bedtime.  

Your yoga routine at bedtime should be very gentle and release tension from your body and mind.  Please see 'Yoga for real life- bedtime yoga'-  Calming breathing techniques and meditation can also help prepare you for a good night's sleep. 

Release tension in your feet (which work very hard for you!) with a massage using calming, grounding oils such as lavender (my favourite!), sandalwood or vanilla then cover your feet with sleeping socks.  If you wish, you could add a few drops to your bath or I like to sprinkle a few drops on my pillow.   

Before bed have a cup of warm (organic) milk or alternative milk (oat, soy or almond) with a pinch of a sleep inducing spice such as cinnamon, or nutmeg or cardamon. If you would rather, camomile tea is a good alternative.   
Light can disrupt sleep because of its effect on melatonin, so sleep in a completely dark room if you can - use blackout curtains.  It is best not to have televisions in the bedroom but if you have, do not leave them on standby.  

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