Ayurvedic Solutions for Sleep Disorders

This article was authored by Vaidya Manohar Palakuthi, the in-residence Vaidya at The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Spa, in Fairfield, Iowa.

The ancient text of Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, states:

"When the mind withdraws from its activities, then the individual sleeps. Proper sleep causes happiness, nourishment, strength, potency, knowledge and life. Improper sleep brings misery, emaciation, weakness, sterility, ignorance, and death."

Maharishi Ayurveda distinguishes 3 types of sleep problems and immediate steps to bring relief.

Sleep problem 1

Difficulty falling asleep; your mind cannot shut down. You think over the day's activities, generating worry and anxiety. This problem is associated with a Vata imbalance.

  • Go to bed by 10pm get up by 6 am regularly.
  • No mental work in the evening.
  • Have a warm unctuous vata-pacifying meal.
  • Have a warm bath after a warm oil massage with Vata oil.
  • No action movies in the evening.
  • Take the herbal preparation Blissful Sleep with a cup of Slumber Time tea.

Sleep problem 2

You get to sleep but wake continually during the night, particularly between 2 AM and 4 AM. There can be fear, anger, and other emotions. Or, you may wake feeling full of energy and unable to even stay in bed. This problem is mainly associated with Pitta.


  • Eat a Pitta pacifying meal in the evening, have good quantity and good quality of food.
  • Take a Deep Rest herbal preparation with 1 cup of warm milk with Rose Petal Spread before bed.
  • Massage head and feet with coconut oil. No action, violent movies or computer games in the evening.

Sleep problem 3

You sleep for 8 hours or more but don't feel refreshed on waking and find it difficult to get out of bed until late. Often, in the morning it's difficult to arise. This is mainly a Kapha imbalance.


  • Get up before 6 am and do some vigorous exercise.
  • Avoid heavy meals at night.
  • Eat lighter, favor nourishing soups.
  • Sip Kapha tea or Be Trim tea during the day.
  • Avoid being a couch potato, and enjoy good activity during the day.

This article was provided by Dr Manohar, the resident "Vaidya" for The Raj , in the world famous Ayurvedic spa Fairfield, Iowa. A Vaidya is a highly trained, Ayurvedic expert, trained in all aspects of this system of natural health care.

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