Having setbacks with your sleep? Waking up in the middle of the night, unable drift off again? Maybe you’re one of those heavy slumberers, struggling to wake up when the alarm goes off in the morning.
If any of these sounds too much like your nightly struggle, you’re in good company. More than 85 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. Sleep irregularities- too much or too little-cause major short- and long-term health problems.
Sleeping too little and sleeping too much both have detrimental effects. Sleep loss causes increases in stress hormone levels, increases in blood pressure, glucose intolerance, and variations in heart rate. Women who average five hours or less of sleep a night are 39 percent more likely to develop heart disease than women who sleep eight hours. Those sleeping six hours a night have an 18 percent higher risk of developing blocked arteries than those who sleep eight hours.
Ayurveda looks at three key areas that, taken together, are considered to be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle-balanced diet, balanced love life and balanced sleep. Sleep is the time when the body is able to repair and heal itself.