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The internal clock in humans is dictated by nature and not by social habits. Ayurveda recommends that you go to bed between 10 and 10:30 pm because it is when your body-mind naturally initiates the period of rest and repair.What to do during the previous two hours¬†
Many times the problem is in the activities that you do before going to bed.
Avoid copious and late dinners. Eat your last foods before eight.
Only quiet activities allowed at this time: read something inspirational, chat calmly about the events of the day or listen to soft music.
Take a relaxing bath with lavender essential oil and practice an auto abhyanga massage every night.
Leave the cell phone and other electronic devices in a separate room. Buy an old fashion alarm clock.Make sure that every day you eat the following three foods¬†that will help you relax and sleep (you will find more on my upcoming book):
Walnuts. Contain tryptophan, an essential aminoacid that helps regulate the relaxed state necessary for a restful night.
Bananas. Rich in potassium and vitamin B6, that increase the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the cycle of sleep.
Nutmeg. Recommended by Ayurveda as a insomnia fighter. You can take it as a tea of in warm milk.Meditate
Create a daily meditation routine. Meditation will allow you to go beyond your mind, therefore, it is essential if you want to calm all repetitive thoughts and stop the mind from getting hooked on small problems. It also allows the emergence of new and creative solutions for your live. People that meditate are calmer and sleep peacefully most nights.
A lovely angel sleeping in the picture. Thank you, Zaira, for these useful ideas and I'm sure we are all looking forward to your new book!!!
Thank you, dear Liz! I am so glad that you find the ayurtips useful. Then is when we can really make a shift in our everyday lives. I can¬¥t wait to have the book in my hands as well :D Sending much Light and Love. Om Shanti