The body is a complex yet simple machine. It requires fuel (nutritious foods), time to regenerate (sleep), keeping it clean, movement, mindfulness and being in nature to unplug and recharge.
Daily routine, or as it is known in Ayurveda, Dinacharya, is a series of actions that we should do each day to nourish and detoxify our bodies. By creating an adhering to a daily routine, you can rebalance your circadian rhythm, digestive fire plus other health benefits.
This is the first in a series that I will be delving into the various practices for you to try to incorporate into your schedule. Who knows? You might even find yourself with more energy, less brain fog and maybe even help with your digestive issues.
Let’s talk about sleep.
It is important to get yourself into a regular sleep routine. My personal schedule is I stop looking at electronics about 9:30pm and generally I’m in bed by 10pm. I may read for a little while, but generally lights are out no later than 10:30pm and I will sleep through the night until about 6am. I do this every day, not just Monday through Friday. Occasionally there will be events, parties or travel that will disrupt this schedule as we need to live in the world and enjoy all the experiences of this beautiful life.
If our bodies get used to going to sleep and waking at the same time every day (ensuring that you have had enough sleep according to what your body needs) you should wake feeling rested and not in need of caffeine to jump start your day.
Giving yourself a set schedule of rest also allows the body to perform its nightly repairs and cleaning that it needs to do. According to Ayurveda there is an internal schedule of time that your body goes through to clean each organ and system. For example, the time of 4am to 6am is associated with the descending colon and bladder. How often do you wake early in the morning before your alarm goes off to go to the bathroom?
Each individual is unique and you will have to experiment as to what feels right for you for the proper amount of sleep that your body needs to feel well rested and ready to conquer the day! If you sometimes suffer from insomnia, please refer to this post for some solutions.
Next, we will look into what you can do in the morning to help ground and nourish you for your busy day.