You’ve tried it all… A new comfy mattress, shutting the blinds, meditation, and maybe even a sleep mask. You’ve read up on all of our latest sleep tips, but getting 8 hours of shut-eye is still a distant dream. Well, studies show that there are a few essential oils that may be able to help. It may sound a little old fashion, but our ancestors had the right idea. The use of essential oils for medicinal practice dates way back in ancient history to the Egyptian, Chinese, and Roman societies. Aromatherapy is the modern term coined for the use of these oils for healing and health-promoting properties. Today they are used to relieve stress, anxiety, low mood and physical discomfort. Among some of the best oils for relaxation and sleep are Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, and Jasmine.
Lavender is one of the most popular oils for sleep and relaxation among people struggling with insomnia. It is a soothing scent that is used as a natural remedy for anxiety. It is also shown to have sedative effects, meaning it works directly to help you fall asleep. A number of studies show that it can improve sleep quality, increase sleep amounts, and even elevate your daytime alertness. Lavender slows your heartbeat and relaxes your muscles to ensure you’re on your way to a good night’s sleep.
This ancient herb is known for its calming, soothing and relaxing properties. It can be used for the treatment of insomnia, stress and nervous tension. Its light floral scent creates a peaceful atmosphere for you to begin relaxing and prepare for sleep. It can even be mixed with Lavender for a more powerful treatment.
Another sweet, floral-scented oil shown to have sleep-promoting properties is Jasmine. Research has shown that Jasmine has the ability to improve sleep quality, cut down on restless sleeping, and increase daytime alertness.
Sandalwood has a rich, woodsy, earth scent, that has historically been used for relaxation and anxiety relief. Not only can it be effective for easing anxiety, but it also has sedative effects. Sandalwood can help reduce wakefulness and increase amounts of non-REM sleep. Keep this essential oil close on sleepless nights and feel the benefits for yourself.
So if you find yourself staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning at all hours of the night, it may be time to stock up on a few of these essential oils for your nightstand. Combined with your comfy mattress, you should be catching some Z’s in no time!