Emilia Tsybikova, Candidate of Medical Sciences, doctor of the clinic of Tibetan medicine in Moscow, the clinical base of the First Moscow State Medical University I. M. Sechenova
Many people think that sleep is for relaxation. In reality, this is not so. From the point of view of Tibetan medicine, sleep is needed, first of all, to restore the balance of the Wind base.
Health is maintained by the dynamic balance of the three bases — Wind, Bile and Phlegm. In physics, this state is called quasi-static, and in medicine, homeostasis.
The wind is responsible for mental activity, emotions, sense organs and the nervous system as a whole. The balance of this system is constantly disturbed by external influences, primarily by incoming information. The brain does not have time to process it in full immediately. Therefore, he puts it aside and processes it during sleep, determining whether it is useful or harmful. It destroys something, puts something into long-term memory, adopts something.
This is the main function of sleep. Normally, upon awakening, the balance of the Wind base must be completely restored, and it must be ready for work and new external influences.
Often this does not happen. Poor sleep quality prevents the brain from fully processing information. This is due, for example, to a lack of neurotransmitters. In Tibetan medicine, this is called a violation of the conduction of the “white channels”.
Sleep disturbance leads to the fact that the balance of the Wind is not restored. On the other hand, the imbalance of this base itself causes insomnia.
There is a vicious circle. Wind imbalance disturbs sleep, and its poor quality exacerbates Wind imbalance. This is how nervous disorders develop — neurosis, neurasthenia, depression.
Wind is a cold, dry and light base. Its imbalance is caused by dry, light and cold foods. Many of them are mistakenly considered useful. In fact, their use leads to sleep disturbance and does not allow you to sleep at night.
1. Raw vegetables, fruits
Most vegetables are cold foods. If you use them in their raw form, this property is manifested to the maximum extent. Salads made from raw vegetables, herbs, leafy lettuces are for some reason considered good for health. In fact, they cool the body. First of all, it is the Wind that suffers from this as the most sensitive basis. Hence the insomnia.
The matter is aggravated by the lack of salt (a warming element) and the addition of other cooling products — olive oil and lemon juice. Such salads are most harmful to sleep, and therefore to the nervous system.
You can not eat raw vegetables, especially in the cold, damp and windy climate of Russia. Such salads harm the nervous system and are the main enemies of sleep.
All citrus fruits, without exception, are highly cooling foods. They negatively affect the quality of sleep. This is especially evident in children. If a child eats an orange at night, it will make his sleep restless.
For some reason, in our country, citrus fruits are considered to be an indispensable source of vitamins, primarily vitamin C. Although, in terms of its content, they are in no way inferior to simple potatoes. Moreover, potatoes contain even more vitamin C per unit mass.
Citrus fruits are a useless product, and harmful in the cold climate of Russia. First of all, for the nervous system and good sleep.
This cereal is a traditional component of Russian cuisine. Why it happened so historically, it does not matter. Much more important is that buckwheat has the properties of lightness, dryness and cold. That is, all the qualities to disturb the balance of the Wind, and therefore, to disturb sleep. By eating buckwheat, you prevent yourself from sleeping normally.
4. Skimmed dairy products
Advertisements for low-fat yogurt and other fermented milk products have completely confused many people. For some reason, they began to be considered beneficial to health. But these are very harmful products. And first of all, for the nervous system.
All low-calorie foods are, in principle, harmful to the nerves. Any rough, dry food low in fat and carbohydrates leads to sleep disturbance, provokes neurotic disorders.
Sour-milk products with low fat content have a cooling effect and hit the nervous system, causing energy depletion of the body. Constant weakness, lethargy, loss of strength and even drowsiness that occur against the background of such nutrition do not at all serve to improve sleep. A person constantly wants to sleep, but cannot fall asleep. And the dream becomes restless, disturbing, superficial, with frequent awakenings.
What foods are good for sleep?
Not all cooling products are equally harmful to the nervous system and sleep. Some of them can even be useful, but only hot and always with the addition of spices.
Spices are the best friends of the nervous system and the best means for a good sleep. For example, milk is a cooling product. But if you drink it hot with the addition of a pinch of nutmeg, and for a greater warming effect also with a pinch of cinnamon, you get one of the best remedies for insomnia. You need to drink it half an hour before going to bed (about 200 ml).
Potatoes also belong to the cooling products. But in combination with garlic, ghee, nutmeg, it becomes useful.
For good sleep, food should be oily, high-calorie, sweet (but no sugar, as it cools). These are fish, lamb, pumpkin, duck, turkey, goose and other poultry meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, garlic, onions, carrots. Ghee is very useful for a good sleep.