Mister Sandman, Bring Me a Dream

Do you sleep well? For many, insomnia is a part of life; a good night’s sleep being the exception, not the rule. In fact, according to lowestmed.com, a popular sleep aid listed as number 12 on a list of the 100 most prescribed drugs of 2017.

 
It’s the sad truth that if we are not sleeping, we won’t have the energy—physically or mentally—to work toward our goals. But living on chemicals is not the only way, or the best way, to get sleep. I have had bouts of insomnia in the past, but I found some essential oils that have really helped me. I wouldn’t say that Young Living has the magic beanstalk leading to a goose that lays golden eggs or silver bullets—they don’t—but their essential oils can offer a natural alternative to prescription drugs.
 
I use essential oils in three different ways to help me to get to sleep. This is what I do:
 
Diffuse
My favorite blend is Lavender (item #3575), Cedarwood (item #3509), and Valerian (item #3648). All of these promote relaxation and can help to calm your mind. When diffused, Cedarwood stimulates the pineal gland which is responsible for secretion of Melatonin. Valerian is also a well-known herbal sleep aid; a natural sedative that has been used to treat insomnia and anxiety. I prepare my blend of oils and turn my diffuser on a half hour to an hour before I go to bed.
 
Roll-on
Rutavala roll-on (item #4471) is a blend of Ruta Graveolens (Ruta), Lavender, and Valerian essential oils. Ruta has been used in South America to promote the relaxation of the body and mind, soothe stressed nerves, and induce sleep. Blending it with Valerian and Lavender—an oil that calms, relaxes, and balances—makes this a very effective sleep-enhancer. I roll it on my temples, neck, wrists, and bottoms of my feet just before bed.
 
Unfortunately, Rutavala is not always available. So when I run out I make my own sleepy-time blend—four drops Lavender, two drops Valerian, two drops Cedarwood. I know for some of you, it might be difficult getting Valerian essential oil past your nose, but if you can, it might work for you too. Although it’s sweaty, gym-socks essence is still not my favorite, I find my body craves it. So I give my body what it needs.
 
Supplement
Just doing the above helps me to sleep. However, when I need it, I will also use SleepEssence by Young Living (item #4760). I take it right before I go to bed. In addition to the same three oils above, this supplement contains Vetiver, which provides another layer of grounding, calming, and stabilizing essential oils for my system. When I take SleepEssence it means I am using essential oils in three different ways—diffusing, applying, and ingesting. It’s a very effective trifecta. The best part is that it’s all plant based. I fall into a natural sleep—not a chemically-induced one.  

 

Another thing you can try to help induce sleep is dimming down or even turning off your lights at home a little earlier in the evening. Science has proven that light pollution, in particular blue light (such as from our mobile devices), is adversely affecting our sleep. If you can put down your phone or tablet and dim the lights a little earlier in the evening, your body will produce more melatonin, which in turn will help you get to sleep and stay asleep. (Click here bbc.com to read the article)
 
So if you would like to sleep better, choose to Nest Pretty. Choose to use essential oils in three ways—diffuse, apply, and ingest. Put away your mobile devices and dim your lights earlier in the evening. Make getting a good night’s sleep one of your main goals. After all, a great day starts by having a great night.

 

A good friend of mine battled insomnia for 12 years. Click hereto read how essential oils helped her to finally get a good night’s sleep.


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