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What's Keeping You Awake at Night? Herbs for Three Different Types of Sleep Disturbance

Written by Meghan Rhodes MCPP MAPA

There are a plethora of reasons you may have difficulty sleeping. And if this is something you're experiencing or have experienced in the past, if you listen to your body, you probably have a sense why - lots of late night screen time, eating heavy and/or nutrient-poor meals in the evening, something that's playing on your mind that's keeping you from switching off, new baby, the menopause - the list is more or less endless.

But whilst we can look at two of the basic types of tiredness and why they may be occurring - wired and tired vs burnt out and depleted - as I discuss in another article, for you members of The Members' Apothecary who are keen to learn more about how your body works to peel back another layer of how you can best support your health with herbs, I wanted to go a bit deeper.

Rather than get into all the scientific details of which hormones and what systems are involved, as always, I want to keep things a bit more practical so it's easier for you to decode your body's messages in your daily life.

relaxing scene with candles, amber glass aromatherapy jars and soft linen fabric

This is where looking at sleep from an Ayurvedic perspective in incredibly helpful. In the Ayurvedic tradition, there's a rhythm to both day and night. There are times when our bodies like to perform certain actions over others. If we attune to this rhythm, the melody of our day becomes much more harmonious, rather than feeling like we're being pulling in twelve directions at once, only to have poor sleep and start the next day exhausted and disorientated.

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