Sleep expert: the tip to keep your eyes closed based on YOUR personality – and the three things everyone should do
A leading sleep expert has revealed how knowing your sleep type can help you close your eyes better, and her top tip based on your personality.
Olivia Arezzolo, from Sydney, said she subscribes to the Ayurvedic principle of ‘doshas’ – where each person has one particular energy pattern that dictates our general thinking and behavior.
By knowing whether you are predominantly ‘vata’, ‘pitta’ or ‘kapha’ you can hack your sleep to improve the quality and quantity of your closed eyes and sleep better from now on.
“Identifying your dosha can help you become more aware of your patterns and signs of imbalance,” Olivia posted on Instagram.
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A leading sleep expert has revealed how knowing your sleep type can help you close your eyes better, and her top tip based on your personality (Olivia Arezzolo pictured)
To find out what dosha you are, Olivia recommends doing this easily quiz from the herbal tea brand Pukka.
The quiz consists of 18 questions, based on your body shape, metabolism, appetite and basic personality.
It then reveals what your dominant dosha is or whether you are a combination of two of the three types.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VATA?
The first personality type that Olivia was eager to give a sleep tip for is the “vata” dosha.
Vata consists largely of the two elements air and space and is generally described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing and spacious.
‘Vata I am, so I know this dosha type very well. We’re energetic, creative, and often high in the air,” Olivia said in a tweet video.
“When we’re out of balance, we get restless, nervous and have a hard time sleeping.”
Olivia’s sleep tip for those of us who are vatas is to replace caffeine with herbal teas:
“When we’re sleep deprived, we produce more adrenaline after caffeine than we normally would, which can make us feel even more restless,” Olivia said.
Because vatas are lean, energetic, and creative, they benefit from warming drinks such as teas and herbal teas, rather than being overly stimulated by caffeine.
Olivia Arezzolo (pictured) subscribes to the Ayurvedic principle of ‘doshas’ – where each person has one particular energy pattern that dictates our general thinking and behavior
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A PITTA?
The second dosha that Olivia was eager to talk about is the “pitta” dosha.
The pitta dosha is known to be associated with a tenacious personality and is based on fire and water.
It is often described as hot, light, pungent, oily, liquid and mobile. Summer is known as the pitta season because of the sunny, warm days.
“Pittas are tenacious, fiery individuals, but out of balance they can become too fiery,” Olivia said.
“This often makes you irritable before going to sleep, which no one wants.”
Olivia’s top tip for the pitta dosha is to make sure you have a cool bedroom at around 18 degrees Celsius, because if your core temperature is lower or cool, it will help you produce melatonin.
Try to monitor the temperature in your bedroom and invest in a fan if you feel constantly hot and stressed.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A KAPHA?
The last dosha is ‘kapha’. Kapha is based on earth and water. It can be described as steady, steady, heavy, slow, cold and soft.
Spring is known as the kapha season as many parts of the world are slowly coming out of hibernation.
“Kaphas are grounded, stable, dependable individuals, but off balance, they can become sluggish and prone to oversleeping,” Olivia said.
“My advice to kaphas is to make sure you expose yourself to 20 minutes of direct sunlight as soon as you wake up.”
The reason this works is because it automatically lowers your levels of melatonin, or the sleepiness hormone, which means you’re less likely to feel sluggish during the day.
Finally, the sleep expert said there’s one thing all doshas or personality types can do, and that’s a decent bedtime relaxation routine (stock image)
The three-step wind-down routine to know
1. Unplug all devices at least an hour before bedtime.
2. Instead of scrolling on your device, find the time to do a “mindfulness activity” — whether that’s 10 minutes of journalling, meditation, or yin yoga.
3. Enjoy a sleepy herbal tea 45 minutes before going to bed. Olivia’s favorite has both lavender and valerian to promote relaxation.
Source: Olivia Arezzolo
WHAT ALL DOSHAS MUST DO
Finally, the sleep expert said there’s one thing all doshas or personality types can do, and that’s a decent relaxation routine before bed.
“It’s so important to relax in the evening, and there are generally three steps to doing that,” Olivia said.
“The first is to disconnect all your devices at least an hour before bedtime.”
This means you are no longer exposing yourself to blue light and your body knows it is almost time to relax.
The second step is that instead of scrolling, find the time to do a “mindfulness activity” — whether that’s 10 minutes of journalling, meditation, or yin yoga.
Finally, Olivia said, 45 minutes before you go to sleep, you should drink a nighttime herbal tea, her favorite is Pukka’s “Night Time.”
‘It contains lavender, which can reduce anxiety; plus valerian, an ancient herb that has been shown to improve your overall quality of sleep,” she said.
To learn more about Olivia Arezzolo, you can visit her Instagram page here.