Deep Rest Starts Tonight
How is your relationship with sleep? Not where it could be? Don’t throw in the pillow!
Sleep is an essential part of life. It is part of our rest and repair cycle; activity and rest are the nature of life. Some of us have to try to get more of it, while some of us can’t get enough of it. Some of us have a very healthy relationship with sleep, and some of us have to court it in a manner that, in and of itself, is exhausting. It can make or break your day and has a significant impact on your overall quality of life.
Your ability (or inability) to get restful sleep at night is one of the most important contributing factors to your overall health and wellness. With good sleep, we feel prepared to take on the day and all that life may throw at us. Without it, we may feel challenged and compromised.
Balanced, sleep is one of the pillars of Ayurveda and is considered to be as important as diet in maintaining health and wellness. It’s the time when the body is able to heal itself, let go of emotional stress, and repair physical imbalances.
There are three major types of sleep imbalances, and they all have to do with your doshic signature. Those with a Vata sleep imbalance may experience problems falling asleep or achieving a state of restful sleep throughout the night, while those with a Pitta imbalance may fall asleep fine, but wake up in the early morning hours unable to get back to sleep. And a Kapha-related sleep imbalance may be experienced as many hours of deep sleep, trouble waking up, and when you do, still feeling tired and lethargic. If any of these sound like you, you’re not alone.
More than 125 million Americans report issues with their sleep habits – either trouble falling asleep at the onset or trouble staying asleep throughout the night. So, what to do?
Deep Rest is a powerful blend of herbs that help support deep, restful, and nourishing sleep. It specifically targets those who have trouble staying asleep, wake up between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., while also addressing those who have difficulty falling asleep or wake up with less than 6 hours of restful sleep.
Recommended predominately for those with a Pitta-related sleep imbalances, Deep Rest combines the healing benefits of Ashwagandha, Dwarf Morning Glory, Jatamansi, and Indian Valerian to promote deep, restful sleep throughout the night. Vata or Vata-Pitta related sleep imbalances can also benefit from this formula to fall asleep easier and get deeper sleep throughout the evening, enabling a higher quality of rest and morning wakefulness. Take our dosha quiz for more insights into your sleep criteria!
We recommend 1-2 tablets with warm water or milk, preferably 1-2 hours before bedtime. And for Pitta dominants, be sure to keep the bedroom cool during your sleeping hours. A hot, stuffy room tends to promote early-morning wakefulness. Ayurveda recommends getting to bed before 10:00 p.m., when possible, and eating a diet pacifying to your dosha to improve your quality of sleep.
If you experience Vata sleep imbalance, trouble falling asleep at night, learn more here.
Support sleep with these healthy habits:
- Reset your circadian rhythms daily! Take a walk at sunrise or sunset. These two simple acts can change your life. The changing daylight of nature signals the body naturally and triggers a normal, appropriate sleep response.
- Let the sun rise and sun set in your home. If you have trouble winding down and falling asleep, try sitting quietly in the evening around sunset. Turn all the lights out in your home, put the phone on silent or off, and let the natural light of nature set in your home. You may be surprised at what you experience.
- Aim to eat a well-cooked, lighter dinner a minimum of 3 hours before bedtime. When we eat a large meal, late meal, or both, we are telling our body to stay awake and active to digest the meal; so it either cannot fall asleep, or our sleep will not be restful as the body stays active working as a furnace burning dinner. Ever wake up hungry when you had a huge meal the night before? That is the body starting to redigest the food it put on hold the night before!
- Try to wrap up work or business-related activities before 7:00 p.m. or at least 3 hours before bed. Let your mind engage in relaxing, enjoyable activities as you wind down for the evening.
- As you wind down for the night, have your bed ready, brush your teeth early, right after dinner, put on those pj’s, and be ready to greet sleep. When sleepiness comes, get in bed immediately and honor what your body is telling you. Listen to yourself!
Sleep is natural and does not require effort, when we give our bodies the right direction and stage to do the “rest”.
For more information on tips to uplevel your relationship with sleep, we invite you to read more.
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