Natrural Remedy for sleep Disorder -Insomnia

Sleep disorders ,  a group of conditions that disturb the ability to sleep well. It involves issues related to the quality, timing, and amount of sleep, which result in daytime distress and impairment in body functioning.

Importance of Sleep:

Sleep is important for both physical and mental health. 

There are two types of sleep that generally occur in a pattern of three-to-five cycles per night:

Rapid eye movement (REM) – It is the time when most dreaming occurs

Non-REM – It has three phases, including the deepest sleep

How much sleep we need completely depends on age and from person to person. As per  National Sleep Foundation it is critical for  adults to tak seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. 


  • difficulty in sleep
  • daytime fatigue and weakness 
  • unusual breathing patterns
  • unusual movement or other experiences while asleep
  • lack of concentration
  • Depression
  • weight gain

There are 5 basic types of sleep disorders seen mostly-  

  1. Insomnia- It refers to a condition in which a person is not able to sleep at night . It can be temporary due  to jet lag or sometimes due to  stress , anxiety, hormones, or digestive problems.
  1. Sleep apnea- Sleep apnea is a condition in which there is a pause during sleep. It can also cause you to wake up during the night.
  1. Parasomnias- It comes from a latin word which means  “around sleep,” It is characterized by abnormal sleep behaviors or physiological events that occur with specific stages of abnormal movements during sleep. They include- 
  • Sleepwalking
  • sleep talking
  • Nightmare
  • Bedwetting
  • teeth grinding or jaw clenching

Sleep behaviors aren’t limited to these, though. Any number of potential behaviors can occur while you’re sleeping.

  1. Restless leg Syndrome ( RLS) – It is an immense need to move the legs. Sometimes it is accompanied by a tingling sensation in the legs. While these symptoms can occur during the day, they are most prevalent at night. It is a neurological movement disorder characterized by unpleasant feelings in the legs associated with a need to move. These sensations may include:
  • Aches
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Feeling of bugs crawling on the legs
  1. Narcolepsy- In  this condition you suddenly feel extremely tired and fall asleep without warning. This can be profound and may lead to falling asleep in inappropriate situations, such as while working or driving a car.

According to Ayurveda, Insomnia is explained as Anidra. The management or treatment of insomnia in ayurveda comprises of –

1. Shiro dhara (Head Massage)

Shiro means head and Dhara means flow means pouring or applying stimulating oils like Bhringaraj Taila, Til Taila, Ksheerabala taila on the Shira (head) and pressing down on the scalp in gentle, circular motions remarkably soothes the mind. This boosts blood circulation to the central nervous system and helps overcome sleeplessness. 

2. Abhyanga (Body Massage)- means oil massage

This reviving procedure involves a harmonizing full body massage with aromatic essential oils such as almond, rose, jasmine, lavender and sandalwood. 

3. Nasya 

3-5 drops of Anu taila, cow ghee or sesame seed oil in the nostril helps to release stress and tension from the head and improves mental clarity.

4. Medhya Rasayana

A class of herbal medications, Medhya Rasayana literally translates to the rejuvenation of brain power and intellect.

Herbs such as-

  • Ashwagandha- Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which contains an active compound known as triethylene glycol, which works wonders to induce sleep. Ashwagandha treats people with anxiety, stress and exhaustion.
  • Brahmi- Brahmi or Bacopa is one such herb that supports a restful sleep, calms emotional turbulence and also helps improve concentration and alertness. Brahmi, in Ayurveda, is called a brain tonic. This herb that cools the body and mind may provide an effective tonic for pitta dosha. 
  • Shankhpushpi- Shankhpushpi is a herb that contains flavonoids, glycosides and alkaloids that help soothe your nervous system by bringing relief to mental fatigue. It acts as a natural tranquilizer for anxiety neurosis that further helps in sleeping better.
  • Jatamansi- its a brain tonic and a memory enhancer, it also facilitates calmness and relaxation to a hyperactive mind. It helps in inducing sound sleep while rejuvenating and nourishing the nervous system.

Best Way to Rejuvenate the Skin –  ABHYANGA

Best Way to Rejuvenate the Skin –  ABHYANGA

After birth infants and toddlers get an oil massage from their mother or grandmother . Oil massage leads to proper growth and development of the baby . Oil massage also helps babies to have soft and supple skin. But with time or as the child grows up , we don’t offer body massage to the child nor we teach them the importance of massage , due to which skin lacks shine and suppleness. 

Massage not only keeps your skin shiny and healthy , but it also improves blood circulation, improves sleep quality and increases longevity . In Ayurveda Oil massage is termed as ABHYANGA . It is also used as a therapeutic measure in various diseases. Different types of medicated oils are used in Ayurveda to treat various disorders . 

10-15 Min. Body massage is required so that oil can reach the deepest tissue in the skin .

Benefits of Oil Massage :

  • It helps to rejuvenate body and mind 
  • It Delays the ageing process 
  • It improves stamina and energy 
  • It Increases muscle strength and muscle tone 
  • It calms the nerves and balances mind 
  • Applying oil in scalp makes hair grow and prevent hair fall 
  • Apply oil on face helps to remove wrinkles 
  • Applying oil to the feet remove roughness and fatigue 

Nowadays you can incorporate self massage with Sesame oil or Olive oil for 8-10 min 3-4 times a week . For hair you can use Coconut oil . Try to do a full body massage on an empty stomach in the morning . Use slightly warm oil for body massage . Do massage in circular motion over joints and long sweeps on arms and legs . To keep your mind calm you can also use aroma oils like sandalwood, and Lavender oil. Keep oil on your skin for at least 20 min  after that you can take a shower with warm water (not hot) . 


1. Do not take a massage if you are suffering from cough , cold and fever .

2. Do not take massages when it’s raining outside 

3. Avoid massage just after meal 

4. Avoid in case you have any kind of skin infection 

5. Avoid massage Immediately after any surgery 

” Prevention is better than Cure” , follow this simple strategy . Start Abhyang from today itself so that you don’t  get age related disorders early in your life .