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Ayurvedic View for Binge-watching

Binge Watching, is it new to you or are you already known to it? May be you are already practicing it but not have heard this name or vice-versa. It is ok. We are here to provide its information and effects on our lives. Before moving ahead, let us understand it in the most simplest and clear manner. Are you waking late at night to watch the shows of your favorite seasons, movies, sports, etc? If the answer is yes, it means you are involved in Binge Watching. Where is all this taking you? Have you taken a minute to think about that? You may ignore the effects of this binge watching now but how will you neglect the complications that will hamper your health in the coming life? So, let us have an explanation and answers as per the principles of Ayurveda, which provides the most healthiest and natural ways for a happy and prosperous life. It is true that Binge Watching has become an inseparable parts of today's generation, but it cannot be neglected. The need is to be more aware about its side-effects and to modify our lifestyle.

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Ayurvedic Verses for Healthy Lifestyle

As per the ancient texts of Ayurveda, our ancestors, and even our parents, we keep on listening that the lifestyle we have will surely result adversely in the long-run. But, what do we do? Sometimes, being known to all those and other times unknowingly, we continue the same with a lot of excuses. Let us have a look on the following verses from Ayurvedic literatures to understand it better.

आहारशयनाब्रह्मचर्यैर्युक्त्या प्रयोजितैः।
शरीरं धार्यते नित्यमागारमिव धारणैः।।

Reference – Ashtanghridyam, Annarakshadhyay, Shloka No. 52

Meaning: There are three main pillars of the body: 1. Aahar (Diet), 2. Shayan / Nidra (Sleep), and 3. Brahmacharya (the way of Brahman). As per the classical instructions, given in the ancient literatures, utilizing and practicing these all appropriately ensures the body formation similarly as a pillar ensures the stability of a house.

निद्रायत्तं सुखं दु:खं पुष्टि: कार्श्यं बलाबलम्।
वृषता क्लीबता ज्ञानमज्ञानं जीवितं न च।।

Reference – Ashtanghridyam, Annarakshadhyay, Shloka No. 53

Meaning: Sleep means relaxing your body. Getting a sound sleep helps us to have happiness, affirmation, strength, growth, power of copulation, knowledge and the profit of long healthy life. Opposite to that, improper sleep results in the arrival of grief, weakness, impotency, debility, and illiteracy.

अकाले अतिप्रसङ्गाच्च न च निद्रा निषेविता।
सुखायुषी पराकुर्यात् कालरात्रिरिवापारा।।

Reference – Ashtanghridyam, Annarakshadhyay, Shloka No. 54

Meaning: Misuse or lack of sleep, sleeping at wrong time, sleeping more than necessary or sleeping a little bit destroys the pleasures of life and reduces the lifespan as well. This type of irregular sleep is similar to devastation.

रात्रौ जागरणं रूक्षं, स्निग्धं प्रस्वपनं दिवा
अरूक्षमनभिष्यन्दि त्वासीनप्रचलायितम्।

Reference – Ashtanghridyam, Annarakshadhyay, Shloka No. 55

Meaning: Waking at night causes the body to get sick and increases Vata Dosha. Sleeping in the day increases the Kapha Dosha. There is another way to sleep - sleeping in a sitting position or taking naps. It neither irritates nor increases phlegm. "Charaka" has called this state of sleep as 'sedentary'.

Extract of all the above Verses

As the meaning of each verse is already explained above specifically, hence we can easily have a pure extract of them. These all verses explain the benefit of healthy lifestyle and a sound sleep really well. In simple words, these all verses provide that the improper sleeping patterns can have the worst effects on our health. Thus, it is important to keep a check and maintain our healthy habits for maintaining our holistic an intrinsic health.

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Are there any Adverse Effects of Binge Watching on Health?

Yes, Binge watching results in numerous bad effects on our health. Some of the most common symptoms that are witnessed in the people involved in Binge watching are:

  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Disturbance
  • Lethargy
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Irritation & Itching of Eyes
  • Depression
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Bigger Waist Line
  • Weight Gain
  • No Physical Activities
  • Lack of Oxygen
  • Bad Postures
  • Lack of Concentration

How Can We Prevent and Combat these Conditions?

Where there is problem there are solutions too. Basically, there are two ways to solve a problem, one is to manage the symptoms, and other is to eliminate the root cause. Likewise, in the case of Binge watching also, we need to work on both the aspects. So, here are some tips that will help you in this concern.

To Eliminate the Root Cause:

To eliminate the root causes of the adverse effects due to binge watching, we need to follow some steps:

  • Limit your timings of watching shows on Television, Mobile Phones, Laptops and other gadgets.
  • Socialize your shows by watching them with your friends, rather than alone.
  • Watch the shows by keeping lights on.
  • Switch to chatting with family and friends from continuously staring at the screen.
  • Get indulge in the physical activities more so that you can have proper and sound sleep on time.
  • Maintain a proper schedule of your daily tasks to avoid excess of anything including Binge watching.
  • Keep yourself busy for the whole day in productive tasks so that you can go to bed timely.

To Manage the Symptoms:

There is a lot that we can do to manage our symptoms of Binge Watching by modifying our diet and lifestyle. Balancing our diet and modifying our daily habits is the foremost and best way to get rid of the side effects of Binge watching and to rejuvenate our health. Along with that it is good to have some herbal remedies, if the situation is severe, to avoid further complications as well as to have a healthy life ahead.

How can Planet Ayurveda help?

Planet Ayurveda can help you in this with its best herbal formulations. Our Ayurveda experts are successfully helping the people to combat the symptoms of Binge watching and leading a healthier life. The herbal formulations that are most effective for this are:

  1. Sleep Naturals
  2. Daily Essentials
  3. Brahmi Capsules

These all formulations provide wonderful effects in the cases of Binge watching.

Hence, work on all the steps advised above to keep you away from the complicated effects of Binge Watching and have a healthier life ahead.

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