Today, I’m feeling a little bit sleep deprived because I did chair massage for the nurses on third shift at a local hospital for Nurses Appreciation Week last night. This makes 7 years of doing this event and the alarm always rings a little bit earlier (OK, a whole lot earlier) than I’d like it to the next morning. Every. Single. Year. Lucky for me, however, I was able to get to sleep pretty quickly once I got home and I was able to stay asleep… until the alarm ripped me from my sweet dreams, that is.
This got me thinking about sleep and the role that essential oils can play in it. I stayed up later than normal last night but I got up at my usual time. No amount of aromatherapy is going to be able to help me with that. (But a pot of strong tea sure is helping. 😉 )
Aromatherapy can, however, help with many other sleep issues. If you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, check out the 5 essential oils listed below. All you need to do is to put 1-2 drops on your pillowcase or in your diffuser to help you drift off to dreamland and stay there.
Remember: Single oils are simple solutions to what are sometimes complex problems. If you feel that any one of these alone isn’t helping as much as you’d like, try using two of them in combination. If that doesn’t work, I’d highly suggest 2 things: 1) seeing your doctor to have a sleep study done; aromatherapy won’t help if you have undiagnosed/untreated sleep apnea or other sleep disorder; and 2) seeing a certified* or registered** aromatherapist for a consultation and custom sleep blend.
*Certified aromatherapist = has at least 100 hours of accredited education. I fall into this category, with over 120 hours of training.
**Registered aromatherapist = at least 400 hours of accredited education and has passed the registration exam
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