Essential Oils For Sleep
Essential Oils For Sleep
One secret of aromatherapy is using essential oils for sleep. This natural solution can help those who need artificial sleep aids to fall asleep and get more restful sleep, naturally. In my opinion, anytime you can find a natural solution that avoids chemicals found in manmade products you are working with nature and your body.
Getting a restful night of sleep is important for both the body and the mind. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it can cause problems with your body, open you up to illness, and cloud your thinking and judgment.
Sleep is when your body and your brain recharge themselves from the stresses of the day. Physical and mental stresses both happen to us on a daily basis. Without the replenishment of proper sleep, your body and mind both can become worn down. This can result in a weakened immune system which can leave you open to illness and disease.
Some people believe that if you get more sleep that will fix everything. They wrongfully believe if they could only sleep in a few more hours they wouldn’t feel so tired and run down. Unfortunately, that idea isn’t correct. It isn’t the amount of sleep, but the amount of highly efficient sleep that is the most important factor. Most experts agree that 7-8 hours of sleep is what is needed for most adults. Some people function just fine on 6 hours of sleep. It is a proven fact that getting 6 hours of efficient sleep is entirely more beneficial than getting 10 hours of poor, restless sleep due to stress or other issues.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy can help you relax, de-stress and sleep more soundly through the night. Aromatherapy essential oils can help you arrive at a feeling of peace and relaxation so your body can prepare for a refreshing night of sleep. You can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and energetic so you can take on the day. The aromatherapy essential oils that help you relax can help with your ability to fall into a deep, restful sleep so you can attain the level of REM sleep needed to allow your mind and body to repair and replenish itself.
Much research has been done recently on sleep and the effects of sleep disorders on health. Just notice the proliferation of sleep disorders centers throughout the US and you’ll have an idea of how troubled sleep is for many people.
There are several essential oils which can help you relax and achieve a restful nights sleep. There are also ways to blend essential oils to achieve additive beneficial effects. As a practicing aromatherapist, my favorite way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils, and the way I recommend for others, is to use an ultrasonic diffuser. This type of diffuser doesn’t need a candle like a heated diffuser. This is a great safety consideration for using essential oils while you sleep. An ultrasonic diffuser is safe, and most will turn themselves off when the water runs low after a number of hours. If you need an ultrasonic diffuser here is the one I recommend and sell.
There are several essential oils I recommend for sleep. I use oils from a supplier which are 100% therapeutic grade oils sourced from small suppliers all over the world. I have found these oils to be very high quality.
Lavender balances your body and mind, calms or stimulates according to your body’s needs and is excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet, and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before going to bed and achieve peaceful sleep. Or place 5 drops in a diffuser and let it run while you fall asleep. The lavender oil will be diffused throughout the room for you to breathe in and relax you while you sleep. Lavender really is the best of all the essential oils for sleep and relaxation.
Bergamot is a fruit that is the result of crossing an orange and a lime. Bergamot is a top note in blending, so it works well blended with Lavender as the middle note and sandalwood as the base note. More about that below where I spell out my favorite blend for sleep. Bergamot has a citrus smell similar to the other citrus essential oils. It helps you feel calm and refreshed. The mixture of the calming and uplifting effect of Bergamot with the relaxing effects of other oils can get you into a calm and relaxed state ready for sleep.
Clary sage is a relaxing essential oil that can help relieve stress and calm emotions. It has been said by some that it promotes a feeling of well being as well. Although Clary Sage is non-toxic it should not be used when you have consumed alcohol. It can potentiate the effects of alcohol and add to the intoxication effects. It should also not be used by women who are pregnant. For these reasons, I prefer to use Lavender as the middle note in a sleep blend and use Sandalwood below as the base note.
Sandalwood essential oil helps you relax and helps to relieve stress. Sandalwood has been used for relaxation and to treat insomnia. It helps to calm your emotions so you can relax and fall asleep. Sandalwood also calms the mind so you can relax and turn off the thoughts that are keeping you awake.
My Aromatherapy Sleep Blend
Although using any of these oils alone can have distinct benefits, they are most beneficial when blended in a diffuser placed next to the bed when you are falling asleep. If you want to have the most benefit and relaxing sleep you should buy these recommended oils and use them in combination.
Fill the diffuser with water.
Add the following essential oils
Top Note: Bergamot- 5 drops
Middle Note: Lavender- 5 drops
Base Note: Sandalwood- 3 drops
A note about purchasing essential oils. Whether you buy them from my store or another supplier, make sure the oil is 100% therapeutic grade. Also, make sure the label has the botanical name as well. Low-quality oils will not list the botanical name and you don’t know what you are getting. Also, don’t try to save some money and buy perfume grade scents. These are not essential oils and they will have none of the benefits of essential oils.
Try this blend in a diffuser and see if you don’t see a difference in how you feel in the morning. Just be aware that everyone is different and some people will respond differently to different oils. Sometimes it takes a little experimentation to get the mixture just right. With essential oils, a little goes a long way. These are very concentrated so a few drops are all you need.