Ayurvedic Remedies for Insomnia or Sleeplessness

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Ayurvedic Remedies for Insomnia or Sleeplessness

Sound sleep boosts immunity, reduces depression and anxiety, improves libido and is a best natural remedy for erectile dysfunction in men. Texts of Ayurveda describe various remedies for insomnia or sleeplessness

Insomnia or Sleeplessness

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Insomnia or sleep disorder is defined as “difficulty to fall asleep”. People with Insomnia or sleepless ness suffer from various symptoms. They feel it difficult to fall asleep. Sometimes they wake from middle of sleep and find it difficult to fall asleep later. Many of those who suffer from sleep disorders feel tiered after waking up. Even waking up too early in morning is a sleep disorder.

Causes of Insomnia.

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Stress from job or stress due to family matters can cause acute insomnia or temporary sleeplessness which gets cured as soon as the stress factor is solved.

Emotional discomforts like grief and physical discomforts like pain, blocked nose, cough, fever etc may also cause sleeplessness for a short period.

Changing the place of sleep, bright light, noise, extreme temperatures, jet lag, working in shifts etc can lead to acute insomnia.

Lifestyles like watching television before going to bed, viewing smart phones during sleeping hours, consuming a heavy meal during sleeping hours and drinking caffeinated beverages can also cause sleeplessness. If these lifestyles are continued for a long time the chronic insomnia may set in.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy which are used for treating cancer may also cause temporary insomnia

Long standing stress, anxiety and depression may become reason for Chronic Insomnia.

Effects of Insomnia:

  1. Sleeplessness  leads to indigestion,
  2. Body pain,
  3. Lowered immunity, (Read: How to boost immunity naturally?)
  4. Loss of libido,
  5. Reduced span of attention,
  6. Low memory power
  7. Erectile dysfunction

Ayurvedic Remedies for Insomnia

A good sleep boosts body immunity, helps to jump start the day in morning, increases span of attention, improves libido and is a best natural remedy for erectile dysfunction in men. Hence texts of Ayurveda describe various methods to improve sleep pattern and to induce a good sleep.

According to principles of ayurveda vitiation of vata causes sleep disturbances. Hence balancing vata is very important to get rid of sleeplessness

Texts of ayurveda explain herbal remedies for sleeplessness as follows.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Insomnia (Sleep Disorder)

Sleep improving Drinks

To enhance quality of sleep Include more of milk, curd and lean meat soups in your diet.

Ayurvedic oils for Insomnia

Massage whole body with medicated oils like ksheerabala Taila. Warm the oil before massaging. Take a hot water bath before going to bed.

Take a head massage with pure sesame oil extracted from sesame seeds.

Yoga and Meditation

Meditate for 15 minutes before going to bed. Practice yoga to normalise sleep

Changing sleep Pattern

Do not sleep in day time if you are not getting good sleep at night. Daytime sleep can cause sleeplessness at night. But elder people, children, patients, pregnant women,  lactating mothers, physically very active persons like athletes are exception to this.



Exert yourself with good exercises in morning. These exercises in-turn help to get a good sleep at night. Brisk walking for 45 minutes daily is a healthy exercise to all.


Eat food 3 hours before going to bed. Avoid caffeinated beverages in late evenings. Reduce consumption of alcohol and smoking cigarettes.


Keep your bed room neat and clean. Use it only for sleeping and sexual activities.

Avoid watching TV or Smart phone before going to bed.

Involving in sexual activities help to get a good sleep.

Also Read:

Ayurveda description of Sleep  

Daytime sleep – ayurveda view

Dealing with Sleep disturbances while working in shifts –An ayurveda view

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