We are told from the beginning about how important sleep is for the body. But how important is it really? Healthwise, chronic sleep loss can put you at an increased risk of heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Some even say it decreases one’s sex drive.
Although we know sleep is important for us, some still have a hard time getting a good night’s rest. There are many factors that can keep us from falling asleep. Stress and anxiety are big ones. When you feel anxious or stressed, your brain just doesn’t shut off. This makes it impossible to sleep, and I personally suffer from this! When I have stressors in my life, my quality of sleep decreases, which in turn makes me more stressed and anxious. It’s a never ending cycle many people fall victim to.
However, Just a couple of drops of essential oils before bed can reduce a person’s stress and anxiety which, in turn, allows for a more restful sleep. Each essential oil affects a person differently, so try different ones until you find the perfect essential oil for you!
Lavender essential oil is my go-to oil for everything, but I especially use it to combat anxiety and help me relax. Several studies have linked the aroma of lavender essential oil to better sleep and even reduced insomnia!
Roman Chamomile essential oil has amazing calming and relaxing attributes because the herb has sedative and relaxing properties. It is very popular for many people who suffer from insomnia, stress, and nervous tension.
Sweet marjoram essential oil is great for those who do not sleep well. It lowers blood pressure and is also suggested as the essential oil to use for nervous tension and hyperactivity.
Bergamot is a citrus essential oil but it is a little different. While most citrus essential oils can be stimulating, bergamot is calming. However, it is a photosensitive essential oil, so do not apply it to areas that will be exposed to direct sunlight.
Ylang Ylang is a great floral essential oil that is perfect for creating a calm atmosphere. It is soothing for the nerves and is known to help with anxiety, tension, shock, fear, and panic.
How to use the oils to aid in sleep
I am a big fan of diffusing essential oils in my home. It changes the mood of the room almost instantly. Diffusing before bed is a good start for your better sleep routine. If you have a diffuser that turns off automatically, it is great to have it on while you fall asleep. Otherwise, diffuse right before going to bed, and turn it off when you are ready to fall asleep.
A warm bath is soothing for the body and mind. Start by drawing a warm bath (not too hot). Next, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. This is a great time to blend oils, and many oils blend well together like lavender and ylang ylang essential oils.
Making a balm of essential oils and a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond is easy and quick. Keep a glass jar by your bed with the mixture and rub it on your feet or the back of your neck right before bed. I suggest ¼ cup carrier oil for every 4-5 drops of essential oil.
Make sure to use 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils from a reputable dealer. Also, know that a little goes a long way when it comes to essential oils.