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Ayurvedic Remedies for Excessive Sleep

For most of us, the problem is not getting enough sleep. However, for some it is too much sleep. Some people want to sleep 9, 10, or more hours every night. In spite of this, they still feel heavy and sleepy when they get up in the morning and show all signs of lack of sleep such as: yawn all day long, feel like taking a nap in the afternoon, etc.

Excessive sleep is caused by an aggravated Kapha. Kapha dosha is heavy and dull, and an excess of it in our system makes us feel slow and lazy.

The solution to excess sleep is simply to follow a Kapha- pacifying diet and daily routine. 

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Eat a diet that is lighter. 

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Cut down on sweets, dairy, pasta and other wheat products, and meat. 

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Eat warm food that is as free as possible of oils, dairy, and sugar. 

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Spicy food, such as Indian or Mexican, is good for you. But stay away from deep-fried or cheese-laden choices. 

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Small salads are good. It will help curb your appetite. 

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Start each meal with half a teaspoon of grated ginger mixed with lemon juice and a very little salt. 

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Don't eat any rich, creamy desserts.

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Get some vigorous exercise for at least half an hour every day during the Kapha period of the morning, between 6:00 and 10:00 A.M.

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Ginger tea in the morning and late afternoon is good for combating drowsiness.

See Also: A Food Plan to Balance Kapha Dosha

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