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Sleep

Question

I'd like tips for better sleep during the winter months.

Answer

Poor sleep is common during the winter. The cold, windy weather increases Vata which regulates the nervous system. If there is too much Vata, the mind and body may not calm down at bedtime.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • It is easier to fall asleep if you retire early — during the Kapha hours of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • A daily ayurvedic oil massage is very soothing for Vata.
  • Add poppy seeds to your diet.
  • Favor peaceful, calming activities before bed.
  • Vata Tea in warm milk has a calming effect. Or try the Slumber Time Tea.
  • Both the Blissful Sleep herbal supplement and the Worry Free herbal supplement nourish Prana Vata which regulates mental activity.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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