Adequate sleep at night is crucial and should be taken according to one’s individual needs. Developing a habit of going to bed at a consistent time is essential. If due to work, one is unable to sleep at night, they should try to make up for it by taking a nap during the day, lasting half the amount of time they would normally sleep, without consuming any food.
Indications of day sleep
In the summer, nights are shorter, and the body experiences an increase in Vata due to fluid absorption, causing dryness and roughness. As a result, taking a nap during the day is recommended in the summer. However, sleeping during the day in other seasons can worsen Kapha and Pitta.
Napping during the day is suggested for those who are
- Exhausted from excessive studying.
- Riding in vehicles
- Taken long walks
- Alcohol consumption
- Sexual activity
- Heavy lifting
- Anger, grief, fear
- shortness of breath, hiccups
- Suffering from diarrhea
- The elderly, children
- Those who are weak and emaciated
- Suffering from abdominal pain
- The insane
- Those who are accustomed to sleeping during the day
This helps to maintain a balance of sapta dhatus, increase strength, and nourish the organs, contributing to longevity.
Who should avoid napping during the day?
Individuals with a high level of body fat, those who regularly consume oily substances, those with a Kapha constitution, those suffering from Kapha-related conditions, and those experiencing the effects of artificial poisoning should avoid napping during the day.