Healthy sleep is important for our physical and mental health. It plays critical role in developing immunity, memory metabolism, learning and other vital functions. However, according to estimates, over 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders. Essential oils with their calming and relaxing properties can play a role in dealing with sleep disorders. Let’s take a brief at some of the essential oils for sleep.
Sleep needs vary from person to person. Historically, most people slept around 9 hours. But nowadays, people sleep fewer than 7 hours. The more than ever interconnected world, continual access to entertainment and ungodly work times has led to these changes. A common myth is that people can learn to get by on little sleep with no adverse effects. However, this is not true. Let’s briefly discuss the following:
We do not have definitive answers to why do we sleep; however, we understand that our bodies regulate sleep in much the same way that they regulate eating, drinking, and breathing. means, it is one of the vital body function.
Major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth and tissue repair happens mostly during sleep time only. In addition, sleep affects our ability to memorise and learn. Sleep helps in consolidation of memorise and helps in learning. Sleep plays a critical role in brain development in infants and young children.
A growing evidence shows that a chronic lack of sleep increases risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and infections.
Quantity and quality of sleep may be affected by a number of internal and external factors.
Essential oils that have calmative, relaxing, sedative and hypnotic properties are best suited for treating lack of sleep and other mild disorders. Their use would help you to distress and relax and make you sleep faster.
This is one of the most researched and talked about essential oil for sleep. It is known to have soothing, calming and relaxing properties, helpful in sleep disorder. It eases tension and induces relaxation.
Frankincense oil, King of oils, is good for calming mind, balancing emotions and supporting healing, which helps in sleeping faster.
Cedarwood essential oil supports healthy function of the pineal gland, which releases melatonin…the body’s natural sleepy hormones. Cedarwood oil helps in stabilising, centring and strengthening.
Romans used to called marjoram herb as ‘Herb of Happiness’ and Greeks used to call it as ‘Joy of Mountain’. Marjoram oil is soothing and relaxes the nerves. It helps in lowering blood pressure, easing anxiety and tension and soothing loneliness, rejection, and grief feelings.
Vetiver oil is extracted form a grassy plant know as Khus, mainly find in India. It is effective for sleep disorders since it has supportive and grounding properties.
Historically, chamomile has been used to treat insomnia and to induce sedation. Its natural sedative and anti-depressant properties help to lower the body temperature and relieve restlessness, impatience and irritability. According to researches, chamomile oil can help treat hysteria and lessen the frequency of nightmares.
Please note that essential oils are not the cure for insomnia or deepen sleep disorders. It is advisable to a consult a health practitioner in case you are suffering from long time serious sleep disorders.
Primarily, there are two ways to use essential oils, 1) Inhalation and 2) Topical. Use any of the method that suits you. Some essential oils are not made for direct application on skin and require some kind of carrier oil with them.
Using diffuser is one of the easiest and effective way to use essential oils for sleep aid. Put any essential oil blends listed below as per your suitability in your diffuser before sleeping. Follow manufacturer instruction on how to use diffuser.
Do not forget to use good carrier oil before applying your favourite essential oil on skin. It is considered good practice and safe to use 2-3% dilution. Apply essential oils over certain parts of the body like bottoms of the feet, wrists, behind the ears on the mastoid bone or on the back on the neck.
Avoid any essential oil that are stimulating as using them before bedtime may stimulate the nerve and disrupt the sleep. Some of them are rosemary, lemon, grapefruit, lemon and peppermint.