How to Manage In-The-Wee-Hours-Of-The-Morning Type of Insomnia

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 5 Comments

How to Manage In-the-Wee-Hours-of-the-Night Insomnia


Vata dosha is to blame for the type of insomnia that results from waking up in the wee hours of the morning, specifically from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00. a.m. Makes sense, since these are morning Vata times.

Many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are entering Vata Season (fall/early winter) and so this type of sleep disturbance may begin to appear with more frequency.

Vata dosha is responsible for all movement in the body, including the nervous system and elimination. It’s called the king (or queen) of the doshas because without Vata, nothing would move and we would die.

Anxiety and fear are signs of unbalanced Vata. So when 2:00 a.m. hits, it makes perfect sense that some of us bolt awake with hearts racing and fearful dreams.

Here are some tried and true strategies that have worked for me:

Before bed:

  •  Turn off all electronics (phone, TV, computer) by 8:00 p.m. (ideally!) Vata-types are especially sensitive to the energies emitted from these devices.
  • Give yourself a warm oil abhyanga massage before bed with an herbalized Vata oil.  At the very least, oil your feet, belly and ears.
  • A glass of warm milk with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger (add a little ghee if you’d like) can help you drift into la la land.
  • Aim for a bedtime of 9:30-10:00 p.m. Once Pitta hours hit (10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.) and the body begins its repair work, it will become harder to fall asleep, especially if Vata anxiety is high.
  • Adaptogenic Ayurvedic herbs such as Tulsi and Ashwagandha help to give you energy during the day and promote restful sleep at the same time.

 If you wake during the hours of 2:00-6:00 a.m.:

  •  Sit up in bed and meditate. This ALWAYS works for me and 99% of the time I end up falling back into a deliciously deep sleep. The ancients knew that these hours are ripe for connecting to Source so they often spent time in meditation or prayer.
  • If you don’t have a meditation practice (you should!) just do some relaxed deep breathing. Focusing on your breath can help you drift back to sleep.
  • Avoid looking at your phone or computer for comfort! This will only make it worse.

 A good night’s sleep requires a lot of energy.

There’s a great deal of healing that goes on in the body during the night. We tend to think that we have too much energy and can’t fall asleep because of it (we’re wired), but in fact, it’s because we’re depleted of energy.

Vata is the dosha of depletion so Vata-types tend to suffer more from this type of insomnia.

There is nothing worse than not getting a good night’s sleep. And a chronic cycle of insomnia leads to all kinds of imbalances in the body.

When I had fibromyalgia, I was desperate for a good night’s sleep and my lack of sleep only exacerbated the condition. It was only when I got a handle on my insomnia that I began to heal.

Wishing you blissful sleep – all night long.

Much love,


Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, holistic health counselor and energy healing practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda.  Barbara was able to heal herself from fibromyalgia by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at Sign up HERE to receive Barbara’s monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips.

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  1.' clnews says:

    Terrific article Barbara! I sometimes have insomnia. These are great tips that I will use next time I have trouble sleeping. Thank you!!!! -Ross

  2.' Kitty Tyler says:

    Do u like this post as much as i like ?

  3.' Amber Shoemaker says:

    This jus happened to me this morning. Waking at 330 am for no reason and not getting back to sleep

  4.' John Hartley says:

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