3 Essential Oils for Sleep

You can admit it. There’s nothing better than a delicious night’s sleep, right? I mean, how great do you feel when you wake up actually feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to take on the day?

Now admit this – you’ve forgotten what that truly feels like, because it feels like you haven’t gotten a delicious night’s sleep since you wore footed jammies.

I want to help you get your much needed zzz’s.

It’s time to consider some essential oils for better sleep, and you came to the right place.

One of the 8 Pillars of Nutritious Life (and something I talk up all the time) is the importance of sleeping deep.  Resting at the end of the day and waking up in the morning would seems like it should be easy, but we know that that just isn’t the case for so many of us.

Don’t be frustrated if sleep doesn’t come easy for you. That usually just makes the situation worse. Instead, try smelling your way to better rest.

Yep, certain scents are linked to better shut eye and require very little work on your part. No counting sheep, no reading the most boring thing you can find, no listening to ocean noises that make you seasick.

Try sniffing these 3 essential oils for sleep, and you just may have to check tomorrow morning to see if in fact you’re wearing footed jammies – your sleep may be that good.

3 Essential Oils for Sleep:

Lavender: Probably the most famous scent linked to sweet dreams is lavender. Research has shown it helps to slow your heart rate, increase drowsiness, lower your blood pressure and promote calming. Leave a little bottle of lavender oil on your night table and rub a couple of drops into your palms. You can also leave a bowl of lavender flowers on your nightstand, next to your charging iphone that you have definitely shut off by bedtime, right?!

Chamomile: A cup of chamomile tea releases a relaxation aroma that is good for the mind and soul. Chamomile is linked to feelings of calm, and managing symptoms of stress and relaxation. If you’re worried about trips to the bathroom all night, skip sipping. Wrap your mitts around a mug and inhale. The smell alone will do the trick to help your slumber. You can also put a couple drops of essential oil in your humidifier for long lasting effects.

Vanilla: Vanilla isn’t only for your baked goods. It’s linked with the feel good hormones that help you sleep. Yes, you can have a cup of warm milk with vanilla, like you used to as a kid, but have you tried massaging your hands with vanilla oil? Or put a couple drops of vanilla in an atomizer and sprayed it on your pillow before hitting the sack? If it’s anxiety that’s keeping your peepers open, give a whiff of vanilla a go.

Sweet dreams friends. Your sleep is worthy of your time and effort, and a good night’s rest will make a healthy day of eating, hydrating, destressing, and exercising that much easier.

How to Sleep Better

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to sleep better, you came to the right place.

Confession: I’m super guilty of not taking care of my sleep when things get stressful (hey, I work on my pillars, too!). But I do know the things I should be doing when things get crazy, and they aren’t just to make me feel more alert the next day. There’s some serious biological stuff going on regarding sleep that you need to understand.

Research shows our circadian rhythms shift and change throughout our lives and so our sleep health needs to change, too.

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and while we’re resting up, our bodies are growing, repairing, digesting and more. You’ve gotta grab your zzz’s to let your body do these things, peops!

Lousy sleep weakens our immune systems, increases risks for disease and it also contributes to being overweight. {Tweet this} Learning how to sleep better could literally save your life.

The thing is, if you want to improve your sleep, you’ve gotta work on your nighttime behaviors to promote good rest.

What can you work on to better up your shut eye? {Tweet this}

I recommend all of us tuck ourselves in like babes and  brush up on our sleep hygiene.

For example, turn off your electronics at 10 PM. Then wash your face, brush your teeth, climb under the covers and read your book. Turn your lights and night off at 10:30 PM.

Do this every night, no matter what is going on. Consistency and routine will help your body shut down at the end of the day.

Nighty night. Let sleep rejuvenate you and put up your dukes against the exhaustion that we all experience a little too often.

 

Why Managing Stress is So Important

The disconnect between the advances of the human mind and physical body are never more apparent than when we look at stress.

Our bodies are equipped to manage the stressors of a life lived hundreds of years ago (see bear, flee).

They have not adapted their reactions to modern day stresses – work deadlines elicit the same physiological responses as seeing a bear – but the stress reactions are chronic reactions, not fleeting, and they are wreaking havoc on our health and wellness.

Acknowledging that we are stressed is the most basic foundation to managing stress. In effort to empower you, here are some thoughts to reconnect our mind and bodies over the subject of stress:

Stress takes many forms:

You may not experience all of the symptoms of stress, but more likely than not, you are familiar with a few of the following: headaches, muscle tension/pain, chest pain, fatigue, lowered libido, stomach issues, disrupted sleep, anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, depression, overeating, under-eating, substance abuse, social isolation.

Stress affects hormones:

While the two major stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – are phenomenal in situations when you meet a bear, they are less helpful when chronically circulating in the blood. Adrenaline makes your heart race, raises blood pressure and stresses the cardiovascular system. Cortisol increases blood sugar, and enhances the brain’s use of glucose, which is also not ideal in a chronic state.

Long term consequences of stress:

Stress is subjective and somewhat qualitative. While we cannot say that a certain amount of adrenaline is linked to heart disease, we do know that stress has a direct relationship with: cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, digestive problems, psychological issues such as depression and memory loss, weight management and skin disorders.

 

Managing stress:

We may visit our physician for something to manage any of the above conditions, but it is important to treat the illness as well as the symptoms. Taking control of being a less-stressed person is a proactive way to help manage your health. Try one of these 5 things daily to reduce your stress: meditation, yoga, exercise, taking a walk, journaling, socializing or taking a bath. Acknowledge that you are doing these activities to manage your stress and care for your wellness.

While it takes work to get the stress out, it is time well spent . . . a less stressed you is a happier, more productive and healthier you!