Naturopathic Physician Questions Sleep Disorders

Can I consume ayurvedic medicines to sleep better?

I am having very disturbed sleep for the last month due to work tension. I don't want to have allopathic medicines for sleep. Can I opt for ayurvedic medicines for a better sleep?

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Hello! This is a very stressful time for so many, you're not alone! Without knowing your background or medical history, I don't want to necessarily want to recommend supplements. However, I would recommend integrating before-bed routines that include mind-body-soul exercises. This includes turning off the TV and your phone at least 30 minutes before bed and reading a book of your choice (preferably something positive or light - rather than heavy biographies or horror books). Then, engage in some light physical activity such as gentle yoga and purposeful deep breathing. There are a ton of awesome videos for that on YouTube. Lastly, don't forget that you are a soul having a human experience! Take time to meditate before bed - also YouTube has great resources for that - AND - count your blessings! It sounds "cliche", but, taking time to be present and aware of all the good things in your life in the midst of all that's going on in the world is so important. If you enjoy herbal tea, have some of your favorite, caf-free tea before bed as well. Journaling my thoughts when stressed also is a solid tool to use :) I hope these suggestions help! Hang in there and don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it!
Yes, you can. There are some herbs, homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines that will help you with sleeping. May I suggest you try magnesium too, it’s a muscle relaxer. Deep breaths help too.
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As a naturopath and clinical master herbalist, normally it’s to test for body type and body constitution before recommending any type of herbal recommendation. Ayurvedic is safe and effective when aligned with the right constitution. I have recommended CBD protocol for some of my clients which has worked really well. I only use certified suppliers.

Sleep disturbance is common when tension and outside physical and emotional stress is high. Before even considering taking a supplement or over-the-counter medication, I would encourage you to consider 15-20 minutes of progressive muscle relaxation and improve your sleep hygeine prior to bedtime. This can be a great way to reduce the sympathetic overdrive (flight-fight-freeze) symptoms of racing mind, muscular tension and sleep disruption. There are also several apps your can consider downloading on your phone to help calm and relax the nervous system to help improve sleep, as well.
Yes. Definitely. We treat this very frequently.

I have seen Ayurvedic medicine help to improve patient's sleep. Part of the power of Ayurveda is in its personalized approach.

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Dr. Evan van Driel
Yes there are many herbal remedies you can use for sleep. I would start with drinking calming teas such as chamomile, passionflower, skullcap and valerian root. Also, limit your caffeine intake and don't drink caffeine after 1 pm
Broadly speaking, yes, ayurvedic medicines could potentially help with sleep. The trick will be identifying exactly why you are having trouble sleeping and which precise medicines will be helpful. Not all insomnia or disturbed sleep is for the same reason, and thus a generic sleep formula may or may not be helpful.
There are definitely ayurvedic blends to promote sleep quality due to stress-related tension. These traditional herbal medicines help the body adapt to various stressors, whether physiological or emotional. Additionally, ayurvedic medicine is a safe, non-addictive and non-dependent way to potentially help patients improve their sleep. Ultimately, the best method to improve sleep in this case, is to remove underlying origins of the stress, which may be challenging as this pertains to work. Contact a physician who is knowledgeable about ayurvedic medicine to best address sleep concerns.
Hello and thank you for your question. Ayurveda medicines can be used to help with sleep, however, I have experience with Western herbs and homeopathic remedies which are also have great medicines to help with disturbed sleep. For further consultation I will be available for appointments starting January 15 which can be requested here:

Thank you.
There are many different options available to help. I would suggest relaxation breathing techniques, a meditation practice before bed, some aroma-therapy of lavender or chamomile as a first option to explore.
Ashwagandha and magnesium with potassium may help you.

Dr. Liz
Yes. As long as your liver and kidney functions are normal range and your current medication have no drug contraindications when used together.

“Do no Harm”. Hippocrates -
LjAnderson, MD, NMD, PSc.D
Absolutely! If work is causing you stress you can try working on things like meditation as well after and before. Zen is very good. You can work to clear your mind and this will help reduce stress so that you can better sleep. Adding in Ayurvedic Medicines will only add to the benefit.

I always say that a strong sleep regiment is recommended! Remember you need your sleep to be a functioning adult.
Everyone reacts different to different medicines and supplements. Just know that one supplement/ayurvedic medicine may not necessarily work for you but can work wonderfully for someone else. If your sleep is disturbed, you may want to try to something to reduce your stress or help you better tolerate stress as it seems that that is your cause of why you aren't sleeping well. If you opt for the ayurvedic medicine but the stress isn't addressed, then that medicine may not work the way you thought it would.
Yes. I recommend that you consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner to ensure you are using the herbs that are appropriate for you based on your health.
I cannot advise you on taking ayurvedic medicine for sleep without a health history, however, some ayurvedic medicines have been used for sleep problems and there are some really good formulas that can assist with sleep. If you are on any prescription medications, it is advised to speak with your physician about possible interactions or visit an ayurvedic practitioner, naturopathic physician, or acupuncturist in your area for assistance.
Yes, you can opt for plant medicines for a better more restful sleep as well as reduce stress and anxiety at work. Try to find a plant medicine specialist in your area who recommends incorporating medicinal plants into your diet. Also, avoid eating animal products as these foods are highly inflammatory and can make you more sensitive to stress and anxiety.
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