Are you struggling with insomnia? you’re not alone.
In the busy culture that encourages us to always be “on,” it’s no surprise that one-third of adults deal with this condition. The good news is, certain essential oils have been shown to promote good sleep, offering a natural, pharmaceutical-free way to ease your sleeping woes. Today, we’re going to talk about three science-backed ways essential oils help promote deep, restful sleep.
1) Reduce anxiety
Research has shown that certain essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and ylang ylang can reduce blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and reduce anxiety. For many people, sleep issues stem from anxiety which can escalate at bedtime when other distractions are gone. By easing anxiety and a racing mind, you’re better able to fall asleep and stay asleep.
2) Induce relaxation and calmness
When essential oils make their way into your body—either via diffusing or topical application—they impact your olfactory system (your sense of smell) and limbic system (your “emotional brain”). In simpler terms, inhaling the scent of certain essential oils including vetiver, clary sage, and lavender can greatly impact how safe, comforted, and calm you feel. Feeling relaxed and at ease before bed can greatly affect how easily you’re able to fall asleep once your head hits the pillow.
3) Improve mood
The inhalation of essential oils sends signals to the olfactory system and stimulates the release of neurotransmitters—serotonin and dopamine—which can improve your feelings of happiness, contentment, and joy. Feeling angry and worked up before bed can have a negative impact on your ability to fall asleep and quality of sleep. By inducing some feel-good chemicals before bed, you’re better able to drift off into a deep, restorative slumber.
Ready to get some restful Z’s?
The relaxing, good-mood inducing benefits of essential oils can play a helpful role in easing sleeping troubles—but which oils should you start with? you can try lavender, a tranquility blend, or our favorite - the Sleep Essential Oils Collection from Woolzies that includes a set of three calming oil blends that naturally help relax the mind and body and relieve insomnia. Wishing you sweet dreams.