We all know that sleep is crucial to our overall well-being. When we sleep, our brains go through growth, learning and memory processes that help to recuperate the body’s systems. That is why it is so important to understand the consequences of poor sleeping patterns, and to do all that we can to improve how we rest each evening.
Did you know? Countless studies and experts suggest that adults sleep a minimum of six to eight hours each evening in order for the brain and body to functional optimally.
Poor sleeping habits can influence our ability to maintain a healthy weight, our emotions and behaviors, our ability to make decisions, our motivation levels, our organs, and so much more. Good sleeping habits can go a long way in improving your overall health and quality of life in the short and long term.
But for many of us, developing healthy sleeping habits is much easier said than done. Life can be hectic, and despite our best intentions, sleep can be elusive.
There are many things you can do to help aid with sleep, including:
- Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
- Exercising regularly
- Relaxing the body before bed
- Avoiding stimulants near bedtime
- Creating a pleasant sleep environment
- Sticking to a sleep schedule
Essential oils can help with sleep too...
Some essential oils offer unique therapeutic properties that can be especially useful in creating a better sleep environment. While everyone is different and will need to find the exact oils and blends that work best for them specifically, there are some essential oils that we consider best for aiding with sleep.
We suggest using these oils either aromatically and/or topically to tailor the aromatherapy experience to fit your specific sleeping needs; however, we offer a few suggestions further down in this post!
Lavender Essential Oil
The light, floral aroma of lavender oil is wonderful for creating a soothing environment conducive to peaceful slumber.
Bergamot Essential Oil
The calming and soothing aroma of bergamot oil has been shown to help promote a sense of happiness and calm.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
The rich, floral aroma of ylang ylang oil can help to ease feelings of stress while promoting a sense of calm.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
The warm, woody aroma of cedarwood oil can help the body and mind relax while promoting feelings of being grounded.
Frankincense Essential Oil
The grounding, warm and herbaceous aroma of frankincense can promote feelings of peace and relaxation.
Different ways to use essential oils to aid with sleep:
We always advise placing a diffuser in the bedroom. Diffusing essential oils is one of the simplest and quickest ways to begin using and enjoying aromatherapy, especially to aid with sleep. Using the oils mentioned above, begin experimenting with different diffuser blends to find what works best for you. Here are some of our favorite bedtime essential oil blends to promote better sleep: