We spend a third of our life sleeping. The quality and the quantity of that sleep create and maintain health.
According to recent scientific studies, not getting enough sleep contributes to obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes. We’re likely to get more emotionally upset when we have less sleep. Sleep is among the three pillars of the health of Ayurveda.
During sleep, the nervous system is cleansing itself and rebooting the brain. It’s giving a default setting there and cleaning all the debris out. When we don’t have enough sleep, we don’t have the opportunity to do this.
We can also look at the quality of sleep. Are you sleeping deeply? Are you able to get deep restful sleep and feel refreshed in the morning? If not, you are robbing that bank of good health.
The third principle of these pillars of health is often referred to as sex and how we spend our vital energies. Through sexual activity, we can deplete ourselves very rapidly but we can also deplete our cells through our activities that flow throughout the day. Does the flow of my day serve me? Does it keep me going? Do I feel energized throughout the day? Do I follow a time period of activities with time periods of rest? To allow me to replenish and reboot my energy before the next thing.
If you think about those times when you haven’t been feeling well, you don’t feel like going out and doing things. Even those goals you set for yourself seem unattainable when you are not feeling well. So, by taking these steps early on to create that state of health that is going to propel you to reach those goals you have set. So, by following the principles of Ayurveda you have the opportunity to reach your very own highest potential. By taking in food that generates health and builds healthy tissues. By getting adequate sleep and by knowing how to spend your vital energy during the day. When you achieve perfect health, an ultimate goal of Ayurveda you will be able to reach your highest potential.