Does daily fatigue sound familiar?
Does the alarm annoy you in the morning? Do you feel like going back to sleep again? Instead of feeling light and fresh, do you feel heavy and stiff when you wake up? Does “I am not a morning person” resonate with you?
If any of the above is true then what happened while you were sleeping? How was your sleep being useful to you?
Sleep is supposed to be refreshing not degrading!
And if you feel this way on most of the days while waking up, then morning doesn’t sound very much fun!
This pattern is known as non-restorative sleep.
Restorative Sleep means rest and relaxation. It is very important physiologically and psychologically. The Sanskrit term for sleep is Nidra. Sleep is one of the important pillars for our wellbeing and good quality of life. Good sleep is necessary for growth and development of body and sustenance of body tissues. It is also important for clear mental faculties. Sleep is very important for strong immunity.
But many times despite 7-10 hours of sleep, comfortable beds we do not get above benefits from sleep. It fails to restore, rejuvenate and refresh us. This is the non-restorative sleep problem.
Electronics and constant stimulation, irregular eating timings, lack of exercise, mental and social stress, environmental pollution, smoking, alcohol intake at night, excessive eating are some of the habits responsible for the non-restorative sleep pattern.
Overcoming the above given causative factors is good in long term for our bodies. But other than that there are some simple solutions to convert your non-restorative sleep into restorative sleep.
Massage your feet with a lotion or coconut oil or ghee at bedtime
Wash your hands, feet and face before getting into bed. Once in bed, take your favourite lotion or coconut oil or aromatherapy oil or cow’s ghee and rub it into your feet. Massage each foot for about two minutes. If you are uncomfortable doing it with your hands use a rounded bottom stainless steel, wooden or Kansa bowl for massaging. If your partner is the one suffering, then do it for them. Wear cotton socks and go to sleep. Regular practice leads to regular sleep.
Instill 2 drops of coconut oil or ghee in your nostrils at bedtime
Use warm coconut oil or cow’s ghee and put two drops of it in each nostril. Just become mindful of your breath after instillation. There is no need for deep breathing. It’s all about settling into a breath rhythm. This rhythm will lure you into wonderful, relaxing sleep.
Enjoy a cup of hot herbal tea at night
Take 20 grams of each nutmeg powder, cardamon powder and cinnamon powder. Mix it with 50 grams of fennel seed powder and 100 grams raw cane sugar. To make your herbal tea, just mix 1/2 tsp to 1tsp of this powder to 1 cup hot boiling water. The best time to enjoy this tea is 1/2 to 1 hour after dinner. Other than productive sleep, you will also reap other benefits such as improved digestion, decreased bloating, smooth bowel movements, improved immunity.
Maintaining regular time for going to bed
This is the simplest remedy but most difficult one to follow. We have got the system of setting the alarm clock all wrong. Body doesn’t need alarm to wake up if it’s relaxed and restored. So what we need to do is set an alarm for going to sleep. Make sure that you get into bed at same time (+- 10 minutes) every night. This is the most potent sankalpa (intention) for beautiful, restorative sleep.
Practice makes us perfect is the way of life. So chose one or two or all of the above techniques and sleep away all your physical, physiological and psychological troubles.
यादेवी सर्वभूतेषु निद्रारूपेण संस्थिता ।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमोनमः ।।
I bow to the divine which is present in all living beings in the form of sleep.