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Hemant Kumar May 30, 2024

Benefits and Drawbacks of Daytime Sleeping in Ayurveda

Benefits and Drawbacks of Daytime Sleeping in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, the effects of daytime sleeping depend on different seasons and physical conditions. Sleeping during the day can be beneficial for health at the right time and under the right circumstances, but it can also be harmful in other situations.

Benefits of Daytime Sleeping in Summer

In summer, the accumulation of Vata dosha increases, and due to the Adana Kala (spring and summer), dryness in the body also increases. Nights become shorter in this season, resulting in inadequate sleep. Therefore, sleeping during the day is beneficial because:

1. Balancing Vata Dosha : Sleeping during the day helps balance Vata dosha.
2. Reducing Dryness : It maintains moisture in the body.
3. Restoring Energy : Adequate sleep helps maintain energy levels.

Drawbacks of Daytime Sleeping in Other Seasons

Except for summer, sleeping during the day in other seasons increases Kapha (mucus) in the body, leading to:

1.  Lethargy and Heaviness : Excessive Kapha causes lethargy and a feeling of heaviness.
2. Digestive Problems : It disrupts the digestive process.
3. Physical Imbalance : It can disturb the balance of other body elements.

Guidelines for Avoiding Daytime Sleep

People with increased Meda dhatu (fat) and Kapha dosha, and those who consume oily and greasy foods daily, should avoid sleeping during the day as it can lead to:

1. Weight Gain : Increased levels of fat.
2.  Kapha-Related Diseases : Such as cold, cough, and other Kapha-related disorders.

Benefits of Daytime Sleeping in Special Circumstances

There are certain special conditions where daytime sleeping is necessary and beneficial:

1. Physical Labor and Fatigue : Those who are exhausted from excessive talking, traveling, walking long distances, alcohol consumption, sexual activity, anger, grief, or fear.
2. Ill Persons : People suffering from respiratory issues, hiccups, diarrhea, thirst, colic, indigestion, and injuries.
3. Elderly, Children, and Weak Individuals : Daytime sleeping is essential considering their physical conditions.
4. Special Permissions : Those who have been permitted by scriptures to sleep during the day.


In Ayurveda, the timing and duration of sleep depend on an individual's physical and mental state, the season, and other factors. Proper timing and adequate sleep improve health and prevent various diseases. Sleeping during the day in summer is beneficial, while it can be harmful in other seasons. Special circumstances allow daytime sleeping to maintain balance and nourish the body.

Therefore, from an Ayurvedic perspective, considering the benefits and drawbacks of daytime sleeping, one should adopt sleeping habits according to their body and lifestyle.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Always consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before starting any new herbal or treatment plan.