The Best Essential Oils for Getting a Better Night's Sleep

Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing, as it’s the time that dictates how well we function in our everyday life. When we are asleep, our digestion gets to work, tissues and muscles are repaired, and hormones are balanced. 

A poor night's sleep can lead to a disruption of these processes, leaving us feeling tired and stressed. Over time, a lack of sleep can weaken the immune system and even lead to depression, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health conditions. 

We know how much sleep is important for our health, yet so often we don’t get enough of it. Whether this is from too much stress or even too much screen time. The good news is that there are some simple holistic measures you can take to get a better night’s sleep. One of which is the use of essential oils, that simply need to be inhaled to give off an abundance of benefits to our health and wellbeing, including a better night’s sleep.

How Essential Oils Work

The use of essential oils dates back almost 4,000 years, but it’s actually in more recent times that their many benefits have been re-discovered.

Using Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential oils are intended to be inhaled to reap the benefits, in a process more commonly known as aromatherapy. The benefits can include a better night’s sleep, a reduction in anxiety, tension and even pain. So, just how do they work?

When essential oils are inhaled, the molecules enter the nose or mouth and pass to the lungs making their way to other areas of the body. The olfactory system which is connected to the nose and brain that gives us our sense of smell is then stimulated.

Once the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system. The limbic system is linked to our emotions as well as our heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. Therefore, essential oils can be very beneficial in helping to reduce symptoms related to dysfunction in these key areas.

Essential Oils to Help Sleep

Here are just a few essential oils that can promote a better night’s sleep: 

Lavender Essential Oil

If you are in need of relaxation, lavender will deeply restore a sense of calm and tranquillity. It can help to promote feelings of sleepiness, encouraging you to get a restful sleep. It is ideal for those who find they are light sleepers, as it can help keep you asleep for longer. It can also provide relief from headaches as it relaxes the muscles as you breathe it in. 

Chamomile Essential Oil

Anyone who has experienced a refreshing cup of chamomile tea will know it can help to calm anxiousness and even relieve digestive discomfort. Chamomile’s relaxing properties can also be experienced when used as an essential oil too. 

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Marjoram Essential Oil

When our nervous systems are heightened we may feel on edge and unable to relax. When it comes to sleep, it might mean we feel wide awake and unable to settle our thoughts. 

An essential oil which can help calm the nervous system is marjoram. It is known to soothe and relax, particularly with regards to sleep. 

Lemon Essential Oil

A clean and zingy scent, lemon is a natural ingredient which has many benefits. It can help bring about a sense of clarity and focus whilst also reducing stress. Lemon has been used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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How To Use Essential Oils For A Better Night’s Sleep

Most commonly, essential oils are placed into a diffuser which will infuse the oil into the air. This is an excellent way of promoting sleep, especially towards bedtime. However, the most effective way to use essential oils is through inhaling them. Our favourite tip is to roll onto the skin and take a deep breath to inhale. 

You can get a combination of lavender, chamomile, lemon and marjoram oil with our Dream Roll-On Perfume. The rollerball design allows you to apply it directly onto the skin whenever you are in need of some downtime. Apply to the pulse points on the wrist and breathe in for deep relaxation. You can even use it on the go or for travelling when you may struggle with jetlag.

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By incorporating essential oils in your self-care routine, you will discover the many restorative benefits they can provide, including giving you a better night’s sleep. This in turn will be reflected in your day-to-day life as you will feel happier and have reduced levels of stress.

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