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For a good night's sleep
Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
March 22, 2014
First Published: 14:28 IST(22/3/2014)
Last Updated: 19:28 IST(22/3/2014)

Do you feel sleep deprived often? There are many reasons for this.

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According to ayurveda, sleep deprivation is caused when there is an imbalance of the basic energies. Not eating on time, stress and irregular sleep patterns lead to a vata imbalance.

Similarly aggression, anger, excessive eating and drinking leads to a pita imbalance.

Here's how you can treat chronic sleep deprivation:
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Treatments
Shirodhara:
In this ayurvedic treatment, a gentle but continuous stream of medicated oil is made to drip on your forehead. This treatment relaxes the mind and improves sleep.
Nasyam: This treatment helps to decongest the nasal sinuses. When you breathe better, you sleep better.
Abhyangam: Medicated oil massages are effective in relieving chronic stress.

Ayurvedic herbs
Ashwagandha: Not only does it rejuvenate the body, it also rejuvenates the nerves. Have a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder with milk.
Jatamansi: This herb is used in many tonics for its nerve-calming properties.

OTHER HERBS AND PLANTS
Chamomile: Drink chamomile flower tea at bedtime.
Valerian root: Western naturopathy has been using this herb for its sleep-inducing and calming effects. 

Exercises
Tire yourself out:
When the mind is more tired than the body, it leads to disturbed sleep. So make sure you get ample exercise. 

Better lifestyle choices
Don't eat a heavy meal at night: The digestive system kicks in to process the heavy load at night, which leads to restless sleep.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/mumbai_pg11c.jpgExercising earlier in the day: If you exercise just before sleeping, it activates your system. If you exercise at night, follow it up with a warm water bath.

Nutrition
Oats: They have natural minerals that are good for your nervous system.
Milk: Drink a warm glass of milk at night with crushed dates and nutmeg for good night sleep.
No caffeine: No colas, coffee and tea before your bedtime.
Warm soup: Eat vegetable soups to calm your nerves.

From HT Brunch, March 23

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