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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A mentally weak person who works less and thinks more suffers from sleeplessness. This is a very painful problem and prolonged condition could even lead to lunacy. Those who work hard should sleep at least for seven to eight hours.

Our body is made up of small cells. They break up while doing work; walking, mental work and the body and mind get tired. This tiredness can be overcome with good sleep. Sleep is an important activity for the body. It is the food for the body and a tonic for the mind. It helps in the building up of new cells and throwing out the body disorders. Disorders or diseases occur when the body is not maintained properly. Lack of sleep makes the body tired, irritable and stressed.

Our body performs various actions during sleep. The person changes sides in sleep but the blood circulation continues. The heartbeat reduces but the digestion process is in its usual state. Liver and kidneys function properly. The body temperature also reduces by one degree during sleep.

Causes for sleeplessness
There are three main reasons for this problem – increased blood supply in the brain, anxiety and combination of these two leading to worry.

Natural remedies
* The patient of insomnia wakes up late in the morning. To avoid this wake one hour before sunrise. Finish the morning chores and do Jalneti followed by morning walks.

* Dip the feet in hot water for 20 minutes before going to bed. Take bath with cold water and scrub the body nicely while taking bath.

* Sleep in well-ventilated and airy room. Feel the respiration for ten minutes after lying on the bed. This will make the mind calm and give sound sleep.

* Oil massage and sunbath during winters is very beneficial. Massage should include jerks, patting, friction, vibration etc.

* A hot-cold fomentation on the back is very relieving. In the end, keep a cold bandage on the spine for 15 minutes.

* Hot-cold fomentation on stomach towards the liver is recommended. Place a cold bandage on the stomach at least thrice a week.

* Take spoonful Triphala churna with hot milk or water at bedtime to overcome constipation. This is very beneficial in order to enjoy sound sleep.

* Wipe the body with thick towel at the time of taking bath. During winters, take bath with hot water followed by cold water. Take rest for 15 minutes after bath.

* Give pats, jerks and vibration on the back, neck and head before going to bed.

Yogic cure
Practice Yog nidra for 30 minutes daily – it overcomes nervous weakness, fatigue, mental stress, negative thoughts, high blood pressure etc. It gives complete rest, strength, enthusiasm and happiness to the body, mind, brain and soul.

In the beginning the practitioner should do the following yogasanas to get complete benefit. Practicing Katichakrasana makes the body light and refresh. It improves the digestion process, makes the spine flexible.

Vajrasana is the best asana for the patient of insomnia. It is a meditative posture and overcomes playfulness of the mind, digestive problems, gastric trouble, indigestion and insomnia.

Bhujangasana strengthens the nervous system; it has a positive impact on the stomach, keeps the spine flexible and helps in enjoying sound sleep.

Shalabhasana is also very beneficial for the patient of insomnia. It cures the diseases of spine, overcomes backache and sciatica pain, and strengthens nervous system and sleeplessness.

Makarasana and Pavanmuktasana should also be practiced regularly. Hastapodottanasana is also beneficial. Include Paschimottasana, Ushtrasana, Halasana, Sarvangasana, and Ardhamatysendrasana after one or two months. Do Shavasana for five to ten minutes in the end for relaxation.

Practice Kapalbhati and Nadi shodhan in the end. Brahmari pranayam is also beneficial in this case.

The above yogic processes have a magical and positive affect on the body, which overcomes insomnia.

* Eat balanced food that is light and easily digestible. Take alkaline food items.

* Take food rich in sodium, phosphorous and vitamin B. Eat plenty of fruits, milk, whole wheat flour, green vegetables, whole pulses.

* Take mango, grapes, guava, orange, papaya, banana, dry fruits, raisins, fig, almond and dates etc. Spinach, green leafy vegetables, cucumber, green peas, bitter gourd, carrot, tomato, turnip are beneficial.

* Fruit diet and milk are beneficial. Coarse meal with milk, kidney beans, sprouted gram steam cooked with onion, ginger etc or with butter or cream and drink milk.

* Eat less than you want to eat. Do not fill the stomach completely.

* Dip the feet in water for a few minutes before sleeping. Sit with your back towards the sun for ten minutes during winters.

* Do not take tea, coffee and other hot food. Take dinner at about 7 p.m.

* Do not sleep in the afternoons, just lie down on both sides for five minutes each.

* Control the mind and lie on stomach for ten minutes to relax the muscles.

* Avoid intake of excess fat, oil, spices in food.

Medicinal uses
* Grind poppy seeds and watermelon seeds kernel separately in equal quantities and store in a clean jar. Take three gram twice daily to get sound sleep. Low blood pressure overcomes headache. This medicine can be taken from one to three months.

* Those who do not enjoy sound sleep or long for it, they should eat raw onion along with food.

* Grind six gram poppy seeds in 250 gm water and sieve with cloth. Add 25 gm sugar candy and take either at 4 a.m or 4 p.m, only once at fixed time.

* Boil one and half gram dry mint leaves in 200 gm water and sieve it. Add two spoons of honey in this lukewarm mint tea and drink daily at bedtime to enjoy sound sleep. Use it for three to four months.

* Dip a piece of cotton swatch in rapeseed oil and place it in the navel and tie a light bandage over it at bedtime.

* Apply almond oil or myrobalan oil or brahmi oil on scalp before going to bed to enjoy good sleep.

* Grind mehndi leaves and apply on soles to overcome this problem.

* Boil ten-gram aniseeds in cupful water and sieve. Drink it for relief.

* Mix black salt, aniseed, sugar and black pepper in curd or diluted curd and drink for relief.

* Rub Jaiphal in water and lick to enjoy sound sleep.

*Papaya is ideal for the patient of insomnia. Eat papaya, drink its juice and prepare its vegetable. This overcomes sleeplessness gradually.


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