A critical element of Ayurveda is the set of routines and rituals that create a daily discipline for the body and mind, and which together allow you to set each day on the right path. Such rituals set balance and clean the body and the mind by aligning with the energy and rhythm of the sun and moon. Awakening with (or some time before) the rising sun (so long as it is before 6am) helps you take advantage of Vata time, since at 6am, Kapha, which is the energy of earth and water, becomes dominant. Allowing yourself to awake during Kapha time (i.e. after 6am) leads to a heaviness of spirit and sluggishness, despite the additional sleep time that it may offer. For many, the goal is to awake around a half hour before the sun rises to allow for cleansing rituals and early morning activities and meditation so that you can welcome the sun in a mindful and fully engaged spirit. Hope, peace and inspiration manifest during these routines, and it is considered optimal for for attaining "bhram gyan" (meditation and self analysis), supreme knowledge and eternal happiness, since your surrounds are usually calm and the mind and body are fresh from sleep.