Most of us today follow an unhealthy sleeping lifestyle. Some wake up early despite sleeping really late, some prefer sleeping during the day, some sleep until the afternoon, while others take daily evening naps. But, least do we know that every period of the day stimulates the body in a different manner. Ayurveda explains that the three energies, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha rule the body and govern certain hours of the day.
Kapha– Dominant between 6 to 10 am and 6 to 10 pm
Pitta– Dominant between 10 am to 2 pm and 10 pm to 2:00 am
Vata– Dominant between 2 pm to 6 pm and 2 to 6 am
Therefore, our sleep cycle must be in accordance with these times to maintain the natural ebb and flow. It also helps prevent the occurrence of related diseases. In Ayurveda, daytime sleepiness can disrupt the body’s functioning and imbalance your Vata, Pitta as well as Kapha.
What Happens When You Sleep During The Day?
Restricted napping that lasts from 15 to 90 minutes is said to be restorative and helps improve brain functioning. However, if it’s the otherwise, sleeping during the day can make you feel a bit disoriented, especially if you aren’t absolutely healthy and the metabolism isn’t fast enough. So, what happens when you sleep during the day?
1. Sleeping During The Day Can Cause Obesity.
Sleeping all day or in the afternoon leads to laziness and lethargy. Afternoon naps affect the metabolic processes and does not allow the fat to burn. The fat then stays in the body, leading to obesity.
2. Daytime Sleepiness Increases Forgetfulness.
Sleeping during the day causes an imbalance in the three doshas. Vata and Pitta are responsible for the cognitive as well as emotional aspects of the mind, which gradually affects the memory and your intelligence.
3. Daytime Nap Leads To The Risk Of Skin Allergies.
Sleeping during the day aggravates Kapha in the body, which is responsible for hydrating the skin and protecting the tissues. Therefore, sleeping all day can harm your skin and lead to related diseases.
4. Cold & Sore Throats Are Common.
Daytime sleepiness or sleeping all day disturbs Vata Dosha in the body, which governs the flow of breath and the heart. When there’s a problem with Vata, diseases like cold, fever, sore throat, and breathlessness occur.
5. It Weakens The Sense Organs.
Vata is responsible for creativity, tissue movements, communication in the mind, and the nervous system. So, sleeping during the day – especially when Vata is dominant – may lead to a lack of sensitivity and awareness.
Who Can Sleep During The Day?
Regardless of the fact that sleeping during the day messes with your health, Ayurveda describes how some people actually need it. It’s a break for them from their tiring jobs or simply a necessity in terms of maintaining their well-being.
- Students who study continuously
- Old people need extra rest.
- Short tempered people can calm down.
- People who have had surgery require rest for recovery.
- Those who are underweight or malnourished
- Laborers who carry weight and work hard all day
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