Although the amount of sleep a person needs varies, experts recommend that adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, about 33 percent of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of sleep per night, and approximately one in five adults in the United States experience occasional sleeplessness or difficulty sleeping
Why Is Sleep So Important?
Sleep doesn’t exist to just pass time or to keep us from working 24 hours a day. Sleep is important because it is inherently physically and mentally healing, and it allows for our bodies to not only recoup from the stress of everyday life, but also to recharge and refocus. The less sleep you get, the less opportunity you give your body to heal and prepare itself for the following day, reducing overall quality of life. Using essential oils is an effective way to allow the body to relax, regenerate and sleep deeper without chemicals and drugs.
Calming Essential Oils
Essential oils like Lavender and Bergamot are rich in linalool and linalyl acetate; compounds that have well-known relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a calming and peaceful environment, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep.
They can also be used topically and taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep. Vetiver is a perfect oil to apply topically to wrists and under the soles of the feet. It also has a very calming musky- earthy fragrance similar to Sandalwood.
Try placing two to four drops of Lavender or Bergamot essential oil in a warm, herbal tea (Chamomile, Lemongrass, etc.), or another favorite un-caffeinated beverage about 30 minutes before going to bed, or add two to four drops of Lavender into an empty capsule and swallow about 30 minutes before bed.
Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation: Lavender, Vetiver, Serenity Calming Blend, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile
Always dilute with coconut oil!
Children and those under the age of 18 are more sensitive and smaller in size than an adult. 1-2 drops in coconut oil is recommended topically. Taken internal is also a half dose of that of an adult. Swallowing may be challenging for babies and children, so always start with putting oils on feet - you will see a great result and most likely will not need to take internally.
A diffuser is perfect for a baby or child’s room. Put the diffuser near the bed and add 4-6 drops of each oil to diffuse. A great blend is Serenity blend; very calming and relaxing. Your child will enjoy a wonderful sleep!
Cat Macary Cat Macary is a Registered Yoga Teacher E-500HR with Yoga Alliance. She uses Doterra Essential Oils in her classes, workshops and events for vibrant living.
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