Insomnia is a modern day epidemic, largely due to our less than optimum lifestyles. It is thought that over one third of adults experience insomnia at some point in time. How long it lasts and more importantly, how we manage it, differs dramatically from person to person.
Insomnia itself is actually a symptom, not a disease. It refers to being aware and concerned with how much sleep you are getting or how well you sleep at night. This is often due to difficulties falling or staying asleep.
For many people, insomnia is a short term or acute occurrence but for others, it can become persistent and long term, impacting on everyday life and your overall mental and physical health.
Ayurvedic tradition sees sleeping disorders as being indicative of an imbalance, particularity of Vata, within the body. The sleeping issues themselves are merely a manifestation of something deeper that needs to be identified and treated.
To effectively treat insomnia, you will work closely alongside one of our Ayurvedic doctors to diagnose exactly what is happening within your body. A variety of tools is utilised to form a thorough diagnosis, which then informs treatment. Depending on the severity of the insomnia being experienced, the treatment protocol will focus on restoring the balance of the body and the normal, healthy functioning of the tissues.
The treatment protocol will focus on:
- Removing the build up of toxins within the body
- Improving nutrition and metabolism
- Lowering stress levels and supporting the nervous system
- Strengthening the bodies ability to heal
This four-pronged approach works beyond the surface systems to completely overhaul your health and well-being at a deeper level and may involve:
- Lifestyle modification
- Prescription of kitchen and medicinal herbal medicines
- Instruction in gentle yoga postures and breathing exercises
- Prescription of Ayurvedic rejuvenating massage and detoxing treatments
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