Podcast Episode 014: Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep?

In this month’s podcast, Dr. John Douillard discusses how to get a good night’s sleep.

October 1, 2014 | 102 minutes, 32 seconds
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In this live podcast, join Dr. John Douillard as he dives into the underlying cause of sleeplessness. Learn how, today, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda is being validated by modern science with regard to the importance and subtle benefits of sleep. While sleeplessness is often blamed on having too much energy to sleep, in reality, we have too little! For a deep and restful sleep, you need a full reservoir of adrenal and energy reserves to sedate yourself and stay asleep through the night. Learn the many surprising ways in which we deplete our reserves, how to build them back up and begin to sleep deeply once again.

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Meditation Tutorials

Herbs and Supplements

Sleep Easy: Sleep Easy is a combination of Ayurvedic herbs that soothe, calm, and support the nervous system. Although Sleep Easy is for calming, it is not considered a sedative. From an Ayurvedic standpoint, when balancing sleep, it is important that we support natural rejuvenation of the nervous system so that it can sedate itself in the evening, allowing for a deep and restful sleep. If you are exhausted or over-stimulated and have trouble sleeping, consider Sleep Easy.

Ashwagandha: sometimes spelled ashwaganda and also known as Winter Cherry, is becoming a favorite adaptogen with many Western herbalists because of its unique properties. Translated, it means “the sweat or strength of ten horses,” alluding to its deeply nourishing and stabilizing properties. Unlike ephedra or ginseng, ashwagandha is not a stimulant. In the long run, a stimulant will leave the body depleted. By contrast, ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress without unwanted stimulation, and in fact also supports natural sleep cycles by helping the body to maintain adequate energy levels to calm itself down and sleep restfully. In the daytime, it helps support the immune system and musculoskeletal systems, both of which may be negatively impacted by stress.

Ojas Nightly Tonic: This sumptuous blend of ojas-building foods and herbs (ashwagandha and shatavari) makes it easy to replenish your reserves. Add a heaping teaspoon to a cup of milk or milk substitute, add a bit of ghee or coconut oil and bring to a simmer for your ojas-building nightcap.

Brahmi: Named after one of the highest states of consciousness (Brahman or God consciousness), brahmi (Centella asiatica or Gotu Kola) is one of the most powerful brain tonics in the Ayurvedic apothecary. The leaf of the brahmi plant resembles the cerebellum and is traditionally used to promote memory and intelligence and to relax the central nervous system. brahmi supports restful sleep, calms emotional turbulence, and simultaneously improves concentration and alertness.

Transformational Meditation Technique eCourse: The Transformational Awareness Technique (TAT) is a complete meditation method brought to you by Dr. John Douillard, DC and compiled from over thirty years of meditation experience, both in personal practice and teaching. Over the course of six weeks, learn a powerful series of non-denominational meditations appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners alike, and designed to go beyond stress relief to creating real transformational change in your life.

Happy Caps: Designed to support a healthy stress response, Happy Caps is a blend of five all-organic herbs: Bacopa, Gotu Kola (Brahmi), Shankhpushpi, Skullcap and Passion Flower. By tonifying the nervous system, it encourages stabilized mood, energy, digestion, elimination and the balancing of other stress-related concerns.*

Tri-Doshic Massage Oil: In Ayurveda, tri-doshic refers to any product or protocol that applies to all doshas, or skin and body types. Our Tri-Doshic Massage Oil is 100% organic and packs the benefit of 11 traditional Ayurvedic herbs cooked in. Tri-doshic massage oil may be used for Abhyanga – the revered Ayurvedic practice of daily self-massage – as well as a daily moisturizer and can be used for most purposes to replace any other massage oil.

Ayurveda Meets Modern Science is hosted by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of LifeSpa and author of seven health books (including bestselling Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet), seven online courses (including Yoga Journal courses Ayurveda 101 and 201), and numerous free eBooks.

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