5 TIPS TO REMEDY INSOMNIA
One night without sleep is OK for me, I can function the next day in the knowing that I will get a good nights sleep the following night. But what happens when sleep starts to hide from you and the restful nights you once had just don’t seem to be showing up anymore? Feelings of frustration start to arise, anxiety levels begin to climb and patience levels decrease. Sleep is of huge importance to me and everyone for that matter. It is when our body gets a chance to “rest and digest” so not enough sleep can hugely affect our digestive system as well.
Sleep is a funny thing, when it decides it is not going to show up not amount of laying in bed and bargaining with it will work. Believe me, I have tried!
So what does work?
- Disconnect from the outside world at least 1 hour before want to go to sleep and don’t sleep with your phone or computer in your room.
- Trying to get your self into bed by 9pm and to sleep before 10pm. In Ayurveda 5-10am and pm are Kapha times this is when we are more likely to go to sleep as the elements of Earth and Water are at their optimum. Once the clock strikes 10pm Pitta time kicks in and lasts until 2am in the morning and this is when the elements of Fire and Water awaken. So this is why you cant seem to switch of your thoughts or why your body gets a little overheated at this time of the day.
- Listen to a calming yoga nidra before you go to bed. Yoga nidra is a guided meditation practice that leads you into a state of full body relaxation.
- Enjoy a vata pacifying dinner – avoiding raw and chilled foods and drinks.
- Add ghee to a cup of warm milk, this can be unhomogenised cows milk, almond milk or any other full fat milk that takes you fancy.
A little bit about ghee and why fans of Ayurveda this it is so wonderful.
Ghee is said to rekindle the digestive fire making it perfect for anyone with a weak digestive system. Modern science has discovered that ghee contains phenolic antioxidants that support the immune system
To make ghee
You will need
250 g organic unsalted butter
1 sieve lined with absorbent paper
1 sterilised jar –
Melt the butter over a low heat, you will notice as it melts a white foam will settle on the surface of the butter, these are the milk solids. I like to skim this off using a spoon when I being finicky but if I am in a rush I leave it as just strain it out.
Continue cooking the butter, until the butter stops bubbling, the shape of the bubbles on top of the ghee will change and it usually takes about 5-10 minutes on a low – medium heat, depending on the volume. I cook my ghee until it smells nutty and when I tilt the pan I can see the milk solids on the bottom the pan have turned to golden brown, this gives the ghee a wonderful flavour.
Allow it to stand for a couple of minutes to cool slightly. Line a metal sieve with absorbent paper towel or an unused chux. Pour the melted butter through the lined sieve. You will be left with the clarified butter – better known as ghee.
You can use ghee in any place you would use butter or oil, it will stand higher temperatures than butter without burning because all of the impurities have been removed in the clarifying process.
Store in clean sterilised jar or metal tin.
Makes appox 200 ml