Why We Need Our Sleep
On the back of our articles describing high levels of stress and what it can do to the human body, another not so commonly thought of inducer of stress is a lack of sleep. In fact, there may be an almost linear relationship between sleep deprivation and stress. But not getting enough sleep can cause several other disorders. Check out the video at the end of this article describing in a fun way what would happen to you without sleep.
What Can Happen to You Without Sleep?
There are a variety of disorders and ailments you can develop with a lack of sleep. Here are some of the disorders you may develop with sleep deprivation.
Impaired brain functionality
Increase blood pressure
Harmful weight fluctuations
In regards to death, you should be aware that this is quite rare indeed. However, your body needs sleep just as much as you need to eat or drink. Think of sleep as the tertiary process to eating or sleep, where sleep can help your body to regenerate and effectively use the nutrients you have consumed from food. Without sleep, your body sort of breaks down. Much like a car that has been running for too long without an oil change. Yes sleep may be your oil change.
Lack of sleep can lead to an increase in cortisol levels, reduce your motor skill coordination and in turn, put you at a higher risk for accidents or heart attack.
Ayurveda and Sleep
In Ayurveda, most disorders in sleep are associated with an imbalance in the Vata dosha. Ayurveda also suggests that most sleeping disorders are associated with digestive problems. Fixing your digestion can aid in better sleep. Incorporating a healthy diet can be key here. Read more about healthy diets here.
One of the best remedies inclusive of a herbal remedy for sleep disorders, products, and exercises is Panchakarma. This is quite an elaborate Ayurvedic ritual and you can do and read more on about here.
Ayurvedic Products for Sleep
There are sleep aids you can take which are Ayurvedic. But we recommend consulting a doctor first to rule out any other underlying issues. You can find our doctors here.
Take Valerian Root, 1 capsule around 30 mins before bed. You can find our choice pick here. We recommend cycling this, and first referring to a doctor.
Drink natural sedatives like non caffeinated teas to help you get your daily sleep.
Meditation for better sleep
Meditation is an individual and deeply personal ritual. Using meditation can calm the mind and reduce the mental clutter. This can allow your body drift into sleep easily. If you’re wondering on how to meditate please check this out!