Lying awake at night happens to the best of us! Stressing about things that might not even happen and anxious thoughts that lead us to not being able to turn off. There's an abundance of ways we can get ourselves to sleep quicker with lots involving aromatherapy.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy has been described as the therapeutic application of the medicinal use of aromatic substances for holistic healing. They involve essential oils with each one having a different use. Some of the most common essential oils for sleep and anxiety are lavender, geranium, eucalyptus, ylang ylang and sweet orange.
Using aromatherapy for sleep can help with an abundance of disorders!
Pillow sprays and how they work for anxiety before bed
When we smell certain aromas, our limbic system (the part of the brain that controls emotion and behaviour) is triggered. They allow us to relive memories in our heads and even trick our brains into associating smells with activities. For example: using a pillow spray before bed to tell your brain it's time to go to sleep. [Text Wrapping Break]
A pillow spray or pillow mist triggers the limbic system allowing us to feel relaxed and associate the smell with going to sleep at night. Your mind racing can be calmed down by the gorgeous smells. [Text Wrapping Break]
To use just spritz your pillow or duvet 5-10 minutes before you go to sleep and watch how quickly you fall into a deep slumber!
Essential oils for sleep
A lavender pillow spray is the most common one on the market, but a blend of good essential oils can make the perfect pillow spray! [Text Wrapping Break]
The Echor End of Day Pillow Spray contains a blend of lavender, geranium, eucalyptus and sweet orange. Each essential oil has different properties that can help you drift off at night.
Lavender can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, decreasing anxiety and making falling asleep a lot easier.
Geranium can help reduce stress, naturally helping you get to sleep easier.
[Text Wrapping Break]Eucalyptus
Asthma sufferers can benefit from inhaling eucalyptus oil and it can help ease joint pain!
Sweet orange oil can ease your heart rate and keep cortisol levels low.
The importance of a nighttime routine
The body naturally begins to wind down when we're ready to sleep. This involves lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. [Text Wrapping Break]
However, in this day and age, there are a lot of factors that can stop this from happening. These include but are not limited to bright screens from your phone, tv or laptop, caffeine late in the day and general anxiety. [Text Wrapping Break]
The good thing is that creating a bedtime routine can help us teach our bodies to fall asleep when we want them to! A bedtime routine can involve anything you want, as long as it doesn't involve activities that will keep you awake! You could light a candle, journal or even chill and listen to relaxing music. [Text Wrapping Break]
A pillow spray is a brilliant addition to your nighttime routine as it'll be one of the last things you do, with the aromas signaling your brain to get tired and slow down.
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