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Sleep is defined as a state of unconsciousness from which a person can be aroused. In this state, the brain is relatively more responsive to internal stimuli than external stimuli. Sleep is essential for the normal, healthy functioning of the human body.

Sleeplessness is usually associated with emotional or mental tension, anxiety, depression, work problems, financial stress or unsatisfactory sex life. While insomnia is not usually related to any physical illness there are exceptions.

Any illness that can cause pain or discomfort may cause sleeplessness. The more mental energy you consume the more sleep you will need.

All the factors that are responsible for aggravation of Vayu and Pitta in the human body result in sleeplessness. Intake of spicy food, stimulating drinks, exercise immediately after meals, environmental factors like excessive heat, cold or rain, exposure to noise and change of environment along with the psychic factors lead to sleeplessness.

Lack of sleep can:

  • Make performing even simple tasks difficult

  • Impair short-term memory, concentration and alertness

  • Increase the chance of being in an accident

  • Slow your body's ability to fight disease and repair tissue

You're probably not getting the sleep you need if you:

  • Feel groggy and lethargic in the morning

  • Feel drowsy during the day

  • Need more than 30 minutes to fall asleep

  • Wake up frequently during the night and have trouble getting back to sleep

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Diet / Lifestyle

  • Depending upon the digestive power of the patients, he should be given a sufficiently nourishing diet. Heavy food always helps to go good sleep provided the patient has the power to digest the food. Buffalo milk, butter and ghee are considered to be very useful. Hot and spicy food should be avoided.

Tips for reducing evening agitation and nighttime sleeplessness

  • Plan more active days. A person who rests most of the day is likely to be awake at night. Discourage afternoon napping and plan activities, such as taking a walk, throughout the day.

  • Monitor diet. Restrict sweets and caffeine consumption to the morning hours. Serve dinner early, and offer only a light meal before bedtime.

  • Seek medical advice. Physical ailments, such as bladder or incontinence problems, could be making it difficult to sleep. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe medication to help the person relax at night.

  • Change sleeping arrangements. Allow the person to sleep in a different bedroom, in a favorite chair or wherever itís most comfortable. Also, keep the room partially lit to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar.

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