Brad jumped on the wearable activity tracker bandwagon back in November. While I appreciate the fitness tracker, food log, heart rate chart, and smart coach features, what I am most interested in is the sleep tracking. With his tracker, not only does it record how long he sleeps and when he wakes up through the night, it even measures how long is spent in deep, light, and REM sleep. I’m wondering if this information would help me continue to make much-needed improvements in my sleep quality if I used one as well.
Because I have got sleep on my mind, I thought it’d be a good time to publish an Essential Oils for… segment on sleep. Here are the best essential oils for insomniacs.
Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself an “insomniac,” these essential oils will be helpful for you to get the best quality sleep you can. Getting a good night’s rest as often as possible is important because it affects so many aspects of your mental and physical health. A lack of sleep contributes to impaired brain activity, moodiness, depression, weakened immune function, weight gain, heart disease, and more. By incorporating these essential oils into your nighttime routine you can improve improve your sleep and support your overall health.
Essential oils for insomniacs to…
Reduce Stress – bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang
Ease Anxiety – bergamot, frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang
Fall Asleep – chamomile, lavender, valerian
Methods of Use
Topically – about 7-25 drops of essential oil to 25 mL of carrier oil for massage oil, add 5-10 drops into water for a bath
Inhalation – put into the air with a diffuser, use the simple buddha’s breath method, sprinkle a few drops onto your pillowcase, dilute into a spray to spritz in your bedroom or onto your bed sheets
Safety note: Children between 6 and 12 years old should use half the essential oil as for adults. Teenagers over 12 can use the regular adult concentration.
Additional strategies I also incorporate:
On especially bad nights, I take a supplement that contains valerian root, skullcap, passion flower, and hops.
Note: I regularly have bad dreams, and when I take valerian, sometimes it can make them worse.
I also run a humidifier on my bedside table. The moisture in the air prevents sore throats and stuffed noses, and the white noise helps me stay asleep.
What essential oils do you use to help you relax and fall asleep?