How to Get to Sleep Naturally

by Maria on August 26, 2010

How to get to sleep naturallyIn 2007, a study by Sleep Foundation found that three out of ten women reported only getting a good night’s sleep a few times a month.

For many women, the frequent trips to the restroom and a solid serving of anxiety in the evening leaves them feeling tired in the morning.

Here are some tips to help you get to sleep naturally.

Diffusing Lavender essential oil: I use the Spa Mist Diffuser on my nightstand.  About thirty minutes before bedtime, I add five drops of Lavender and turn it on.  When I head to bed, the entire room has a comforting, relaxing Lavender aroma.  In a pinch, I’ll just drop one or two drops right on the side of the mattress near my pillow.  A cotton ball works just as well.

Essential oil blends for sleep: When blending for sleep, use your nose and your instincts.  You’ve got many great choices.  I try to keep it simple, using unscented lotion or jojoba oil as the carrier.  I apply the lotion to the back of my neck and wrists.  Oils like Rosewood, Roman Chamomile and Lavender work beautifully in sleep blends.


Here are some additional sleep tips that help me:

  • Consider removing your television set from the bedroom.
  • Eliminate indoor allergens whenever possible. (Clean the sheets often, avoid curtains, use an air purifier and a room spray with essential oils.)
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature in the room.  This may mean more or less clothing, thinner or thicker comforters, or opening the windows.
  • Keep it dark.  If you have trouble sleeping, even an overly-bright clock can keep you up.
  • If you’re getting lost in your thoughts, just get up and do something soothing for a while, like reading a favorite magazine.
  • Avoid caffeine, at least in the late afternoons and evenings.
  • Tell yourself sweet stories and remember what was great about your day!

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Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Cindy August 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

How timely, Andrea- after a very short night’s sleep (PMS?) – I forget to use lavender at home, but use it at work all the time. Sort of forgot to use it for myself- until now!
I’ll also have the skullcap tea by my bed tonight. Between the two, I can’t fail-
Thanks!
Love to you both-
Cindy

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Kari August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

What about Spikenard and Sweet Marjoram?

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Jaime September 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for sharing this!

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Eli September 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

A short period of meditation and deep breathing exercises just before trying to sleep are extremely helpful. (something I have recently taken up)

Try it… You’ll like it…
;)

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KC September 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Hi Andrea~

Thank you for sharing. Simple, yet *SO* effective.

Happy ZZZZZZ’s everyone…

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Sally October 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

great post….psyched to try the lavender diffuser by the bed…breathing into the place that is my essence and does not get anxious has been working for me lately…now I’ll add the sweet stories!

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Carol March 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Gosh, I just saw this post now. What about a blend for restless sleep? How to stay sleeping–more sound sleep?

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Karen Williams May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I have been using Rosalina and Spikenard in a lotion that I rub on my neck and arms at bedtime. Sometimes I include Lavender with great results for a deep, peaceful sleep.

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Christina May 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

I love my sleep spray, Lavender Hydrosol with frankencense, neroli/petegrain co-distill. nighty night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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