Physiological Effects of Sleep According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda places huge importance on getting enough sleep on a daily basis. My free e-booklet gives a good overview of the classical ayurvedic view of sleep. One of the less appreciated functions of sleep is the cleansing effect is has on the body’s tissues. According to ayurveda, vyana vayu (the aspect of vata responsible for circulation of all kinds) becomes more active in helping to collect wastes from our tissues and vital organs. This happens particularly between 2 and 6 am.

In the news

The following recent BBC news article reveals some recent research showing that the brain actually shrinks during sleep, and that the intracellular space increases. They have even discovered that the brain has its own special lymphatic system called the glymphatic system. While the theory is yet to be tested, speculation suggests that the brain uses sleep to help flush out wastes that accumulate during the day while it is busy in computation mode. Here is the link to the article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24567412

New addition to this blog article : TED talk that says it all

Here is my free e-booklet about sleep:

Knowledge of Sleep (Nidana Vijnana) by Alex Duncan v1

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2 thoughts on “Physiological Effects of Sleep According to Ayurveda

  1. Is high blood pressure is the result of unbalance in vyna vayu? I am 45 years old and recently discovered that I am suffering from this but my test of blood that were taken about 4 months ago are Norma such as LDL,triglsrides etc.now I am taking allopaethic medicine.It comes down to the almost prescribed limit but I am also worried about the I’ll effects of the medicine. This has also effected my sexual life .I am suffering from low erections.
    Please do provide some advice
    Thanks

    • General advise would be to explore a diet based on increased plant based foods and reduced animal derived foods. Check out work by Dean Ornish.

      Next would be to learn how to convert stress, worry, time-deprivation and frustration including sexual and life dissatisfaction with joy, love and fullness via meditative explorations via yoga, tai-chi, tantra, creativity, self-enquiry etc.

      Third, if diet and lifestyle are corrected, herbal medicine can replace allopathic medicines with few or no side effects. This avenue merits professional guidance via real consultations.

      Good luck !

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