Sleep is the reason why our body functions perfectly. Inadequate amount of sleep can lead to inefficiency, decreased cognitive ability and also depression. Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.

What is Insomnia according to Ayurveda?

Insomnia is referred as Nidranasha in Ayurveda. Nidra is one of the 3 pillars upon which our body is maintained. So for maintenance of perfect health moderate amount of Sleep is necessary.

Naturally occurring sleep is little different for each individual. According to Ayurveda, depending upon the Prakriti, duration, quality of sleep varies. Generally Kapha Prakriti people have very sound sleep; they also sleep for a longer duration. Vata Prakriti people generally have disturbed sleep and they sleep for lesser period. Pitta Prakriti people have sound sleep but they sleep for lesser duration.

What are the causes of Insomnia according to Ayurveda?

  1. Vitiation of Vata and Pitta
  2. Mental Stress
  3. Trauma
  4. Weakness

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Difficulty falling asleep
  2. Daytime sleepiness
  3. Fatigue
  4. Irritability
  5. Indigestion
  6. Constipation
  7. Headache

Line of treatment according to Ayurveda

Main line of treatment for Insomnia is pacification of vitiated Vata and Pitta Dosha

  1. Massage with medicated oils especially head massage and foot massage
  2. Steam bath
  3. Shirodhara

Diet and Lifestyle management

By managing Diet and Lifestyle according to principles of Ayurveda, Insomnia is completely curable.


  1. Drinking warm milk before sleeping at night
  2. Eating nourishing and fresh foods
  3. Intake of Dairy products such as Cheese, Milk in regular Diet
  4. Meats
  5. Pranayam and Yoga, Moderate exercise


  1. Mental stress
  2. Anger, Tension
  3. Eating stale, cold foods, spicy foods

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