Year: 2019 | Month: January | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 240-245
Significance of Sleep: Ayurvedic Perspective
Dr. Seema Prajapati1, Dr. M. Paliwal2
1JR 3rd, Deptt. of Samhita and Sanskrit, Faculty of Ayurveda, I.M.S., B.H.U., Varanasi
2Associate Prof. & Head, Deptt. of Samhita and Sanskrit, Faculty of Ayurveda, I.M.S., B.H.U., Varanasi
Corresponding Author: Dr. Seema Prajapati
Sleep is the most important component of our physiology. Ayurveda considers nidra in traya-upastambha which are the three supporting subpillars of life. Proper and improper sleep governs various important aspects of life such as happiness, misery, nourishment, emaciation, strength, weakness, virility, sterility, knowledge, ignorance, life and death. Obesity and emaciation are especially dependent on proper or improper sleep and diet. Adequate amount of sleep as well as suitable timing of sleep is needed for maintenance of good health. Various forms of improper nidra can be appreciably considered in nidan panchak of many disorders. Unhealthy pattern of sleep may forecast some major illness. Therefore, importance of a healthy sleep should be considered for the completely disease free health of the individual.
Key words: nidra, sleep, nidan panchak, traya-upastambha