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Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person is either unable to sleep, feels hard to sleep, or wakes up too early, or is unable to get back to sleep after waking up. This makes a person feel tired even after waking up, saps away the energy level and mood, and affects health, work performance and quality of life. The symptoms of this condition include- difficulty in falling asleep at night, waking up during night, waking up too early, daytime tiredness, difficulty in concentrating, increased errors, etc. The causes for this condition can be stress, traveling, poor sleep habits, mental health disorders, too much intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, etc.
‘Anidra’ is the term for insomnia in ayurvedic terms. It is caused due to vitiation in Kapha and Vata dosha i.e. low levels of Kapha dosha and high levels of Vata dosha. This also elevates the levels of Pitta dosha in the body and leads to over-activity of the body even at night. The people who experience frequent waking at night with palpitations, body aches and emotional imbalances which include fear, anger and sadness- is often regarded as pitta- type insomnia.
Thus, in order to treat the insomnia condition, it is important to treat it from the root cause, which in this case is vitiation of doshas. This treatment includes vasti, shirodhara, shiroabhyanga, padabhyanga, abhyanga, and goga practices. The treatment is also accompanied by maintaining a proper diet and exercise regimen that helps in pacifying the effects of vitiated doshas. It also involves intake of certain herbal formulations which include brahmi, vacha, ashwagandha, jatamansi, etc. that helps in boosting metabolism and balancing of vitiated doshas. This line of treatment helps in complete reversal of the condition in a holistic way.

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Types of insomnia

Chronic insomnia: It is a condition in which insomnia becomes chronic and a person is unable to sleep for more than three days a week. It is of two types

Acute insomnia: It is the most common type of insomnia that lasts for a few days to a month and is caused due to change in environment or stressful events. Other causes for this condition can be jet lag, work deadlines, death of close ones, difficulties in relationship, extreme temperatures, etc

  • Primary chronic insomnia: It is also called as idiopathic insomnia as there is no specific cause for it to manifest.
  • Secondary chronic insomnia: it is also called comorbid insomnia as it occurs due to medical conditions like acid reflux, diabetes, thyroid disease, sleep apnea, neurological conditions, stress, anxiety, depression, and intake of certain medications.

Onset insomnia: This condition is related to having difficulty in initiating sleep which can be short term or long term. The possible causes for this are mood swings, loss of libido, anxiety, irritability, loss of coordination, etc.

Maintenance insomnia: This is a condition in which a patient either wakes up too early or has difficulty in staying asleep. The possible reasons for this condition are depression, anxiety, stress, asthma, nose block and sinus, restless leg syndrome, acid reflux, etc.

  • Behavioral insomnia of childhood (BIC): this type of insomnia can be managed by different behavioral therapies, and are of three types:
    BIC sleep onset: this can be resolved by practicing soothing and relaxing techniques as it occurs due to negative associations with sleep.
  • BIC limit- setting: This is caused when a child refuses to sleep.
  • BIC combined type: This is a combination of the above two types of BIC.

Treatment of insomnia

‘Anidra’ is the term for insomnia in ayurvedic terms. It is caused due to vitiation in Kapha and Vata dosha i.e. low levels of Kapha dosha and high levels of Vata dosha. This also elevates the levels of Pitta dosha in the body and leads to over-activity of the body even at night. The people who experience frequent waking at night with palpitations, body aches and emotional imbalances which include fear, anger and sadness- is often regarded as pitta- type insomnia.

  • Treatment when the reason for insomnia are physical:

This sort of insomnia is brought on by a physical problem. The treatment works by treating the underlying cause of sleep disruption. Herbo-mineral drugs are used to balance the doshas of Vata and Pitta, as well as to strengthen the neurological system. Internal and exterior oiling is advised with abhyanga. Panchakarma therapy is also quite beneficial.

  • Treatment for insomnia when reasons are psychological:

Insomnia-like symptoms can also be caused by psychological factors like stress and worry. Jiva doctor creates a treatment plan that focuses on balancing rajas in the mind, as well as relaxing and revitalizing it. Massage treatments for the head and feet should be used with caution. Shirodhara and shiro basti are two panchakarma treatments that are recommended. During consultations, special counseling sessions are provided to address specific issues.

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