If you spend hours each night tossing and turning, unable to shut off the thoughts in your mind and get comfortable enough to drift off to sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia. Many people visit their doctor about their inability to fall asleep or sleep restfully through the night and they receive a prescription for sleeping pills. While these pills may put you to sleep, they often leave you feeling groggy in the morning, and they come with addictive risks. Once you begin taking the pills, you may find you are unable to sleep without them. Instead of turning to medication to help you sleep, try using essential oils to induce peaceful, restful sleep.
For many, a warm bath before bedtime helps them wind down. If you find you need comfort in addition to the warm, relaxing water, try adding a few drops of sleep-inducing essential oils to the tub. A blend of Roman chamomile and geranium-rose oils make for a soaking experience that will help you release the stress of the day and soothe your tense muscles. Sleep Tight is a blend of pure essential oils created for the specific purpose of inducing rest. The blend contains neroli, chamomile, sweet orange oil, and frankincense, all intended to tranquilize the central nervous system and promote feelings of calm and peace. Relaxing for 15 minutes in a warm bath containing this oil will have you drifting off in no time.
If bathing is not your preferred activity before bed, there are other ways you can use essential oils to help you sleep. Take a few minutes when you climb into bed to massage essential oils into the soles of your feet, your skin, and your hands. The oils mentioned above can be blended with a base oil to create a gentle, soothing massage oil that will help you rest. The fragrance not only induces feelings of calm, the massaging motion will help you wind down and soothe tired muscles. A bedtime ritual like this is often helpful in communicating to your mind that it is time to end its work for the day.
In addition to a soothing essential oil massage, you can use the oils in the bedroom and on your bedding to create an environment of stress relief. Do not apply drops of oil directly to your sheets and other materials because it will stain. You can sprinkle dryer sheets with scents like chamomile, lavendar, sandalwood, ylang ylang, or the Sleep Tight blend. Also try scenting an old wash cloth and putting it beneath your pillow, or mixing the oil in a spray bottle and spritzing pillow and sheets.
A bowl of potpourri scented with your favorite sleep inducing oil beside the bed will also make the area tranquil. An oil burner is a convenient way to bring fragrance into your bedroom or bathroom, but use caution so you do not fall asleep while the burner is operating. Perhaps if you take five or ten minutes to meditate and calm your mind while the burner exudes relaxing scents, you will have a safe method for burning the oil before bedtime.Combine these oil techniques with comfortable, cozy bedding that is made of natural materials, surroundings that are soothing and lacking technological distraction, and avoid caffeine and excessive physical activity shortly before your desired bedtime. Take a few minutes to relax and unwind, possibly paging through a book of relaxation techniques or poetic verse. In no time at all, you will find yourself able to drift off to sleep every night without a struggle.