May 7, 2018
Even if you are not interested in essential oils, you have probably heard of them, and not just because three or four of your friends have started selling them. People make all sorts of claims about essential oils. They need to do everything from healing burns to fighting MRSA, balancing hormones and more.
Researchers are still investigating whether oils can help with all sorts of conditions, but they have concluded that some of the oils (jasminefor example) can help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. If you are struggling with insomnia, or if you just want better rest while sleeping, it may be worth trying an oil.
How Essential Oils Help You Sleep
When it comes to sleep, essential oils work mainly through aromatherapy. We all know just how powerful scents can be. A particular smell can remind you of a particular person or an entire period of your life. Scents work this way because they stimulate the amygdala and the limbic system, both of which work to control memory and mood.
They do this by controlling two bodily systems: the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system. The autonomic nervous system is the nervous system that exists outside of our conscious knowledge, at least most of the time. This system regulates respiration, heart rate, body temperature, digestion and more. When it is tense, we feel anxious and may go into combat or flight mode. When it is calmed down, we feel relaxed, happy and at peace.
The endocrine system controls the hormones in the body, which in turn regulate everything from sexual function to mood, growth and metabolism. In fact, there is not much that the endocrine system does not have a hand in regulating.
Together, these two systems can play a big role in helping you sleep. If you can use the right aromatherapy tools, you can help yourself relax and feel good about who and how you are.
How to use essential oils for sleep
There are several ways to use essential oils for sleep. One of the most popular is to put them in a diffuser. You can buy one of these online, mostly for less than $ 40. A diffuser is basically a small humidifier that also disperses the oil. You put in the required amount of water, and then add 5-10 drops of oil of your choice. Turn on the diffuser and within minutes you will be able to smell the oil throughout your room.
Diffusers come with all sorts of options. Some last longer than others, while others offer automatic closing after a certain time. Many have a light that changes colors or where you can choose a color to use as night light. If you are going this route, be sure to choose a diffuser that suits your room. Most of them have a maximum number of square meters in their product description.
If you do not have a diffuser and you do not want to get one, there are other ways to use essential oils for sleep. You can mix a few drops with water and put it in a small spray bottle. Spray your pillow and sheets with enough time to let it dry before going to bed. You should smell the oil no matter where it was sprayed.
You can also use the oil on your body, although you will first want to mix a few drops with a carrier oil. Never apply undiluted essential oils on your body unless you are an expert because some of them can burn your skin. Use something like jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil. Just mix a drop or two of essential oil and rub it on your skin. Popular places include the base of the feet, wrists, and temples. You should then smell the oil when you go to sleep.
The best essential oils for sleep
There are many oils that can help you rest and relax, and here are some of the most popular and best researched options.
Lavender Essential oil not only makes your bedroom smell like a garden, but it too calms your autonomic nervous system. This means it helps lower your breathing rate, heart rate and body temperature. Since these usually happen when you fall asleep anyway, this can help aid the process. Lavender also helps relieve anxiety and depression, both of which can interfere with sleep.
Officially known as Roman chamomile, this oil is one of the most popular natural sleep aids. However, most people brew it in tea and drink it instead of inhaling it directly as an essential oil. No matter how you take it, chamomile will help you get rid of stress so you can sleep better than you have ever done before.
This modest oil has been used to help with sleep since the 17th century. Not only will it help you fall asleep, but it can also increase your sleep quality. This means you will feel more rested and energetic in the morning.
This little known essential oil is a big hitter when it comes to sleep. Combine it with lavender and chamomile, and you might have found the cocktail that works for you. It has a very distinct odor, so if you like it, mixing it can help you tolerate other oils that you would not otherwise choose to use. It could be especially effective for women…
When choosing an essential oil to help you sleep, it is important not only that it helps with rest and relaxation, but also that it is a fragrance that you enjoy and can tolerate. Some people do not like certain oils and that is fine. There is usually another oil with similar properties that works just as well. Some oils can also help you sleep better than others will, and you may need to experiment with more before you find the one that solves your insomnia problems for good.