Define sleep?

It is a state of mind .......

Sleep has a property of Tamas which means it manifests generally during nights when Tamas is predominant. When the tissue pores & channels of the body get covered with Kapha dosha, when the body is fatigued by exertion & when the sense organs are not functioning, sleep manifests in the body.

IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP for well-being:


Happiness & misery, nourishment & emaciation, strength & debility, virility & impotence, knowledge & ignorance, life & death are all dependant on sleep.
Sleep when indulged into judiciously results in immense happiness & longetivity, whereas improper sleep either less or in excess destroys life & happiness.

Remaining awake during nights increases dryness of body, sleeping during day leads to increase in unctuousness whereas reclining leisurely without falling asleep causes neither.


A person suffering from insomnia may have one or all of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent headaches,

  • Irritability or lack of concentration

  • Feeling tired

  • Unrefreshing sleep

  • Turning and tossing in the bed for 30-40 minutes before you fall asleep

  • Waking up repeatedly during the night

  • Awakens far too early and is unable to get back to sleep

  • Only falls asleep with the aid of medication


Loss of sleep occurs due to the following reasons:

  • Excessive thirst, pain, grief, happiness, fear, anger, worry & other such emotions;

  • Uncomfortable bed,

  • Increase of Satvaguna,

  • Intake of dry foods, like

  • Intense engagement in work,

  • Lapse of usual sleeping time & habit,

  • Effect of diseases,

  • Increase of Vata &Pitta in the body.

Environmental factors like noise, light or extreme temperatures may also interfere with sleep.


Doshas, tissues & impurities constitute the structural & functional units of the body. Each dosha rules a particular phase of our life. The childhood is influenced by Kapha dosha, the youth by Pitta & the old age by Vata.
As a result, during old age the body becomes drier, cold, and easily succumbs to disorders of Vata. With Insomnia predominantly being a Vatik disorder; the elderly are the most affected.


DIET: The diet should include plenty of,

  • Buffalos Milk,

  • Curd prepared from Buffalos milk,

  • Sugarcane juice,

  • Eatables prepared from flour & jaggery,

  • Rice &

  • Black gram.

Avoid: Caffeine, alcohol & tobacco.


The following regimen proves beneficial in loss of sleep:

  • Oil massage especially over the scalp & foot,

  • A warm bath,

  • Application of lubricating pastes to the scalp & face.


  • Daily physical exercise,

  • Regular bed time hours,

  • Avoid frequent daytime Naps

  • Avoid bright bedroom lights,

  • Sleep with a pleasant mind

  • Get up earlier in the morning


Sleep in your bed laid out in a clean place, devoid of too many people. The cot should be of the height of ones knee, well furnished with suitable, broad, even & comfortable pillows. Head should be placed towards east or south.


The following medications aid in relieving chronic insomnia:
Decoction of whole plant of Boerhaavia diffusa (Available as a common weed in garden, also Available in Traditional medicine raw drug store as roots)

  • When partaken in the dose of 50ml,twice a day promotes good sleep.

  • Boil 2 tsps of Khas-khas in milk, add sugar to taste & partake during bedtime.

  • Take one teaspoon of fried cumin seeds powder. Fill it inside ripe banana and consume before going to bed at night.

  • Take 200ml of milk add Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) [Available in Traditional medicine raw drug store as roots ] powder1-2 gm and. Take it at bedtime regularly.

  • Add 3 tsps of honey to boiled & cooled water. Partake at bedtime.

  • Powdered root of Piper longum( Pippali) when partaken added with jaggery destroys even chronic insomnia.

  • Ashwagandha churna (2 tsps) when partaken with warm milk during bedtime is also beneficial in the condition.


  • Sesame oil processed with cumin seeds / Amla.

  • Chandanadi tailam,

  • Arakku/Lakshadi tailam.

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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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