6 Ayurvedic Nighttime Rituals for Better Sleep

Ayurvedic doctor and spa owner Pratima Raichur shares an evening routine that will set you up for a peaceful night’s rest.
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Ayurvedic doctor and spa owner Pratima Raichur shares an evening routine that will set you up for a peaceful night’s rest.

Ayurvedic doctor and spa owner Pratima Raichur shares an evening routine that will set you up for a peaceful night’s rest.

There’s always a reason behind why we can’t sleep, says Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic doctor and owner of Pratima Spa in New York City. And that reason is almost always stress. In Ayurvedic terms, when we have excess Vata and our minds are hyperactive with too many thoughts, it’s impossible to relax. So, the obvious solution to this problem is to relieve the stress, but we all know that’s easier said than done!

Dr. Raichur recommends planning to go to sleep every night around the same time—preferably before 10 pm—and sticking with a serene bedtime routine. Empty your mind, let go of the thoughts you’ve been holding onto all day, say some prayers, and be grateful. Try the following rituals to unwind with ease.