10 Essential Oils for Sleep
Do you know the feeling of being restless but you know you really have to sleep? It’s been a long day, you’ve worked hard, and you’re mentally and physically drained but still can’t seem to consistently get a regular sleeping hour. Experts say that there are a lot of reasons why one may be having trouble getting quality sleep.
So I tried to understand my own habits and see what might actually be causing this restlessness just when I’m about to get to bed. I’m convinced that I still can do something to help myself before resorting to modern medication.
On a piece of paper, I wrote down what I would do once I get home from work. I’m greeted by my daughter, I do a quick change of clothes, I play with her or read a book, then prepare dinner, eat dinner and finally get her ready for bed. After that, I’m either on my phone just randomly browsing, watching a learning video on YouTube or I’ll try to watch a movie/series on TV. I then realize that it’s already 1am and not feeling sleepy at all. I start to panic a little because I know I have to wake up at 5-6am to get ready for work again.
So I reviewed my routine and noticed that all those activities, even the ones done online or TV watching don’t really send any signals to my brain or body to slow down. Instead, it just really spikes ideas and more active thoughts.
I tried alternatives to help me relax. I took a warm bath/shower right after my daughter slept. I remembered that I had a bottle of Lavender essential oil and put in a few drops into my bath. The first time I did that, I definitely felt the difference of being in bed but wide awake versus out of bed yet feeling really, really relaxed this time. And you guessed right, once I did finally get into bed, I dozed off almost immediately.
10 Essential Oils to Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep
- Lavender is the most commonly associated essential oil for relaxation and sleep One way is to add a few drops of lavender oil to your pillowcase. This will help you relax and fall asleep more easily. Another way is to diffuser a relaxing oil like chamomile or lavender in your bedroom before you go to sleep. This can help create a calming and peaceful environment that will make it easier for you to drift off to sleep.
- Frankincense is not only known for boosting immunity it can also offer relaxation, reducing stress and even inflammation. It is mostly a go to essential oil for those who have this handy.
- Some may not be so keen about Cedarwood because of its wood scent. But this essential oil is able to support the pineal gland which produces melatonin; the hormones that help our body sleep.
- Ylang ylang is a great essential oil for one to improve the quality of your sleep. Its lovely floral scent helps induce calmness.
- Marjoram is not just an herb that is used in the kitchen known as a “happiness herb”. It is definitely soothing and can calm the nerves. One can dilute 1-2 drops with coconut oil and massage on the wrists or neck.
- Roman Chamomile has been an ancient essential oil known to calm children. It has a sweet, floral scent which is effective in helping calm those active little ones.
- Vetiver essential oil may not be the oil that most people will be inclined to using. First time users may want to mix this along with some citrus oils or lavender oil. It has a very earthy and rich scent. It can be calming and grounding which may aid for better sleep.
- Sandalwood has a unique scent and has concentrated properties for promoting calmness and sleep. It is also normally used to promote healthy skin as well as meditation due to its woody, sweet scent.
- Clary Sage has two known effects; one for mood lifting and also a stress reliever. It is sometimes considered to be most effective versus other essential oils for promoting calmness and sleep.
- Bergamot has a floral, citrus aroma. This essential oil can be both uplifting and calming. It can help reduce anxiety.
These essential oils for sleep are helpful in addition to other steps to help you sleep better. Of course looking at it at a holistic point of view, our food intake should be reviewed, and just as daily routine can be a factor too. Is there enough exercise? Is the environment before bedtime conducive for rest or sleep? These are things that we may take for granted but definitely have a big impact to getting that well deserved rest. Remember sleep is a vital part of having a healthy lifestyle as this allows our bodies to recuperate and re-energize.