Falling asleep, staying asleep and snoring can be difficult for a lot of people. In fact, sleep disturbances are one of the most common health concerns. So if you are someone who suffers with poor quality sleep, keep reading this article so you can learn how to use essential oils to improve your sleep and quality of life.
It is not uncommon for an individual who experiences poor sleep or insomnia to be treated by a medical professional with prescription sleeping pills. These pills should be avoided because they come with a range of serious side effects: everything from weight gain to addiction. So how can you improve your sleep naturally without any negative side effects?
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that are used for a number of reasons including to help with sleeping problems. These plant extracts capture the scent of the plant in an oil form, also known as the plant’s ‘essence’. Once the aromatic chemicals have been taken from the plant, they are combined with a separate carrier oil to dilute it slightly making it possible for consumer use.
They are used to spread a specific smell like lavender or tea tree oil, both used for very different purposes in aromatherapy and other holistic medicinal practices. They are not ingested, but rather rubbed on the skin or inhaled to stimulate a reaction in the limbic system. The limbic system is part of the brain that controls your emotional response to events, your behaviour, as well as visceral functions including your sense of smell and your long term memory capacity.
Side note: have you ever smelt something and are immediately brought back to a place in time? That is due to the relationship between smells and memory, retained in the brain’s limbic system.
So how essential oils can improve your sleep?
Certain scents have the ability to promote relaxation by helping to calm down the nervous system, getting us ready for sleep without having to use potentially dangerous prescription sleeping pills. If you smell the same scent every night before sleep, it will trigger your brain to feel tired, due to the scent plus memory function of the limbic system.
In fact, a study found that smelling jasmine essential oil was just as effective at calming the nervous system down as a prescription sleeping pill, but doesn’t come with the negative side effects. But essential oils are not just used to stimulate sleep, they can also be used for sleep disturbances like snoring by clearing the airways.
Rubbing the essential oil on your skin or using a diffuser to inhale the oil before going to sleep will aid a restful nights sleep. When they are inhaled, nerves in the nose send an immediate signal to the brain to induce certain feelings like relaxation. When applied topically, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and disperse to the specific organs on which they work. Typically it is recommended that they are rubbed on pulse points: areas of the body like the inside wrist, where blood vessels are closer to the skin’s surface.
If you struggle with having a good night sleep, you should try adding essential oils into your nighttime routine. Beauty of Action offer a range of essential oil options from Priime, including Priime Calm that helps to aid a relaxing night sleep with aromas of lavender, neroli, valerian and damask rose, all scientifically proven to soothe anxiety and promote restfulness.