While it is a very common condition these days, not many see it as an issue anymore.
Per Ayurveda, Insomnia is caused by an increase of vata dosha in the mind or nervous system. It is a cause or complicating factor in many other conditions. It may be related to constipation, may be a result of stress or being overtired, or it may cause fatigue, leading to greater stress. While it may be a symptom of depression, or it may intensify it.
Check whether you have had excessive coffee or tea than your regular routine in the past 12-24 hours. If you have, wait for the effect to wear off. You would not need any additional remedies – just keep a check or consciously reduce your caffeine intake, that should help cure your insomnia.
For others, some of these simple home remedies help
1. Warm milk
Drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps bring on a peaceful sleep. Have it as plain milk, or add a pinch of nutmeg to it & drink it warm.
- Soak 4-5 almonds and 1 pod of cardamom for 2-3 hours. Powder/puree them and add a pinch of nutmeg to it. Now add this to a glass of warm milk & drink it. It is a good sleep inducer.
Cherries are known to be good for stress relief and fatigue, both of which can contribute to Insomnia. Eating 10-20 cherries during the day every day would help relieve some of the symptoms.
3. Tomato juice
Puree 4-5 tomatoes with a pinch of nutmeg and sugar. Have the juice in the evening (3 hours before dinner). Have an early dinner, and go to bed early.
4. Chamomile tea
Simple warm cup of chamomile tea before bed time helps have a restful sleep.
5. Hot water bath
For some, having a hot water bath before bedtime helps have a restful sleep.
For toddlers and children, it is easier to set a bed time routine
- Switching off the lights
- Turning off mobile devices
- Tucking into bed
- Bedtime stories or conversations
- Slow, deep breathing
Try to setup a similar routine for yourself! Helps a great deal!
Simple habits when continued over a period of time, help prevent serious health issues.
PS: If you have tried the above home remedies and it did not help, talk to your physician about your symptoms.