Are you one of those people who toss and turn at night?
Or wake in the early hours of the morning and can’t get back to sleep?
Maybe you find it hard to relax and calm yourself when it’s time for bed?
I seem to go through stages where sleep can be a bit elusive. It is ironic that when there is a lot going on with work, family and ‘life’, the exact time when sleep is so important to rest and repair, it is often the hardest to get a good quality nights sleep.
If like me, you find any of the above familiar, essential oils may be the answer to your prayers for a better nights sleep. They have worked wonders for me, particularly when I’m going through a ‘sleepless’ patch.
Below is all you need to know about how to use essential oils for sleep. I’ll cover the best oils to use, how to use them plus there are a couple of useful recipes to try. But first, we’ll take a look at some of the research about essential oils and sleep.
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Do essential oils really work for sleep?
The effects of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for improving sleep have been widely studied. These studies along with clinical evidence support the conclusion that essential oils can work to improve the quality and duration of sleep (1).
One example is a 2015 study in Turkey involved using lavender essential oil via inhalation on 60 ICU patients (2). The study was prompted because patients in the ICU were having terrible sleep issues. Researchers wanted to try whatever they could to alleviate the insomnia for these patients and ICU patients everywhere.