‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ is a proverb children are taught in their formative years, and with good reason.
But as we grow older, a lot of childhood lessons tend to take a backseat – work commitments and social obligations leave little time for a sound sleep.
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Indian Art of Healing
The rationale behind this proverb lies in the ancient Indian art of healing, Ayurveda which guides us to be in sync with the sun and nature. When the sun sets around 6:00 p.m., our body starts to wind down as the energy of the Earth (Kapha) settles. At 10:00 p.m., the energy of the Fire (Pitta) takes over and aids digestion. This is the ideal time to go to bed. From 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., the energy of The Wind (Vata) comes into play and heals the emotional body as we sleep.
Our body experiences a number of positive changes when we are in harmony with this pattern. While not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, six to eight hours of good quality sleep are recommended to feel rested and rejuvenated in the morning.
A Pre-Bed Routine
It’s important to cultivate a wind-down routine that stimulates a relaxation response in your mind. To start off, brush your teeth, and remove make-up or cleanse the skin of impurities. It is recommended to massage your hand and feet with warm cold pressed oil. Forest Essentials offers a range of oils infused with natural ingredients including jasmine, sandalwood and lavender. Thanks to their de-stress properties, these therapeutic oils are scientifically known to help us relax before retiring to bed.
If you’re facing trouble sleeping, it’s a good idea to turn your lights dim and meditate for 10-15 minutes. Light an aromatic incense stick. Round off your routine by spraying a blend of essential oils to induce tranquil sleep on your pillowcase.
Wishing you a restful and sound sleep!