Suffering from Insomnia? Ayurveda has some positive news for you

Did you know? You should sleep for seven to eight hours daily to have a healthy life.

But, if you have problem with long-term sleep, then it’s a matter of concern. Mind it, there are serious consequences of long-term sleep deprivation.


According to World Health Organization (WHO), health is a state of complete physical, mental or social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, and sleep is one its essential pre-requisites.

In the present times of erratic lifestyles, stress and other unpredictable environmental factors, quality of sleep has deteriorated for a large number of people.

According to the estimates of the National Sleep Foundation of America, as says a PIB release, one-third of people the world over suffer from sleep disorders.

However, if you are worried about you yourself missing out on the recommended sleep hours, there is some re-assurance coming your way from India’s traditional healthcare wisdom – Ayurveda.


The broad area of study called ‘anidra’ in Ayurveda deals with sleep-deprivation and related conditions, and it offers some time-tested solutions.

A release by PIB said, “Ayurveda considers nidra or sleep as extremely significant to health. It is, in fact, described as one among the trayoupastambha or the three supportive pillars of life. Ayurveda also considers nidra as one of the essential dimensions for happiness and good life. Nidra leads to a relaxed mental state. Anidra can be clinically corelated with Insomnia which is a common sleep problem worldwide.”

Against this backdrop, the potential of traditional Panchkarma therapy of Ayurveda to resolve the problems of anidra cannot be over-emphasised. Returning to the case study, its results provide evidence to the effectiveness of the Ayurveda.

A recent case study published in AyuHom, the research journal of North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homeopathy, Shillong has brought out new evidence in support of Ayurveda’s efficacy in resolving anidra-related issues.

The study report states that the Ayurveda treatment led to a remarkable improvement in the patient’s condition in terms of sleep.

The study included thorough examination and assessment grading before and after treatment of all the symptoms which were selected for assessment. This included yawning, drowsiness, fatigue, quality of sleep etc., and improvements were noticed in all the parameters.

The case study, thus, puts forward another instance of Shirodhara with Ashwagandha Taila accompanied by Shamana Chikitsa playing a beneficial role in the management of anidra, said PIB note.

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