What Is The Best Time To Sleep And Wake Up According To Ayurveda?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

According to ayurveda, time periods in a day are dominated by the three doshas. Vata dominance is from 2AM-6AM and 2PM-6PM, Kapha is from 6AM-10AM and 6PM-10PM and Pitta is from 10AM-2PM and 10PM-2AM. Vata is known for movement, so during this period there is heightened mental alertness. Pitta time is good for physical activities and the body digests not just food but the mind is actively trying to digest thoughts. Kapha time is slow, relaxed and easy going which is the best time for sleep.

So the best time to hit the bed is with the Kapha phase (6PM-10PM) ensuring that you avoid the next Pitta phase which will make it difficult to relax and sleep. And the best time to wake up is before the next Kapha phase (6AM-10AM) as it causes ama (toxins) to accumulate in the srotas (channels) and creates a dull, tired feeling. This also ensures that you receive a restful 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleeping early will make it impossible for you to lie in bed later than 6AM.

Avoid daytime napping and sticking to fixed sleeping and waking up times. This rhythm will keep the body in sync with nature leading to better health.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Bimla Gupta
Bimla Gupta 5pts

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Bimla Gupta
Bimla Gupta 5pts

Muje nind ki prob h theek se aati nhi to remedy pucha tha

Wonderious Velasquez
Wonderious Velasquez 5pts

Good to know get to sleep b4 10 that's y some nights I can't sleep usually when I go to bed later

Anna Kozakiewicz
Anna Kozakiewicz 5pts

I'm finished with my work lol I worked hard on Monday hahahaha

Chantel Blackwood
Chantel Blackwood 5pts

What about working night shifts? Can this be inverted by 12 hours?

Bimla Gupta
Bimla Gupta 5pts

Sone ke do teen ghante k bad nind khul jati fir subah tk nhi aati es karan bhut persani h pls btaye ki kya kre ki dubara achi nind aajay

Bonnie Matz
Bonnie Matz 5pts

Too many ads come up..I can't read the article..fyi

Cathy Pistone
Cathy Pistone 5pts

I've always gone to bed at 930 - 10pm ever since I was 14 ( now 44). I naturally wake up between 530 and 550am everyday regardless of whether I work or not.

Cheryl Mcswain
Cheryl Mcswain 5pts

I work retail this is not possible since I work different hours all the time.

Abhay Ks
Abhay Ks 5pts

Switched off my both phones last night ..around 10.30 ... And dnt remember wht time i slept but woke up pretty Fresh .. Thinking of doing this more often now.

Kushal Patel
Kushal Patel 5pts

It is saying that between 6 pm to 10 pm is a best time to sleep and between 6 am to 10 am is a best time to wake up. It's not saying that you have to sleep for only 4 hrs.

Lydia Ashley
Lydia Ashley 5pts

Ummm depends on whether I'm working 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shift.

Iris Cortes
Iris Cortes 5pts

Uuummm, I need to read the book again !

Ayurveda 5pts

Arun Kumar Thinaharan If you do that.. neither of that will happen! :)

Tuba Ster
Tuba Ster 5pts

Thanks you for all useful sharings.. you do the job right!

Dipika Kumar
Dipika Kumar 5pts

How to identify whether we are vata, pitta, or kapha?

Ayurveda 5pts

:) Its difficult.. we understand!

Ayurveda 5pts

If you tired, its good take a nap!