Keep your resolution to sleep better with aromatherapy: 6 easy ways to use essential oils for quality ZZZs
God’s Word contains many verses about rest and peace. By reading these passages before going to bed each night, we remind our minds that God is with us even in the darkness of night. He will guard our sleep while we are resting in Him. Knowing this truth can bring tremendous comfort and reassurance as we lay down each night preparing for restful sleep.
Perhaps you also started the year 2023 listing down your new year’s resolutions to live healthier and rest better then somewhere along the way circumstances happen and you find yourself getting back to old habits and again, unable to get quality sleep.
Well, you’re not alone. Based on a survey conducted by Sleep Cycle, Filipinos rank fourth among the most sleepless in the world. Poor sleep can lead to many problems, including daytime fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, and even weight gain. But there are things you can do to improve your sleep. One of them is aromatherapy. So we thought, we’d share with you what we know to keep you moving forward with the resolutions you made at the start of this year. After all they did say, it’s not about perfection, but progress.
Below are the 6 easy ways, aromatherapy can help you meet your sleep goals in 2023. With essential oils, you can create a calming atmosphere that enhances relaxation and encourage peaceful slumber. Small steps that can make significant impact as it can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality thus, resulting to overall health improvement.
1. create a pleasant atmosphere by diffusing essential oils
This creates a pleasant atmosphere in your bedroom which helps calm the mind before going to bed ensuring deep refreshing slumber so you rise feeling refreshed and rejuvenated each morning ready for whatever comes your way.
Diffusing essential oils while resting can create a calming environment that promotes relaxation and encourages restful sleep. Research suggests that using aromatherapy for sleep not only improves the quality of your nightly rest but also reduces anxiety and stress levels in both the short and long term.
So why not make it part of your nightly routine? A few drops of your favorite essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser will provide deep relaxation along with increased mental clarity and energy throughout the day. With just a few minutes of aromatherapy each night, deep, restorative sleep is definitely within reach!
2. enhance relaxation with a relaxing bath with essential oils
Adding essential oils into your bath can give you just the right amount of aromatherapy to help you get a better night’s rest. Some of the most well-loved essential oils like lavender and chamomile are awesome for this role and can help let the stress of your day melt away. Just remember that oil and water don’t mix so using essential oils on bath requires proper dilution. You may visit a section on using essential oils on bath safely in our essential oils 101 guide if you wish to know how to incorporate essential oils safely into your bath time routine.
Moreover, aromatherapy has been used for centuries to promote sleep and relaxation. So why not let their powers work in your favor? Give it a try by slipping into a calming aromatherapy-infused bath before heading off to dreamland!
3. reduce stress and increase circulation with an aromatherapy body massage
Stress is one of the leading causes of insomnia. Essential oils like lavender and chamomile have calming properties that will help relax your body and mind and reduce stress levels before bedtime. Some essential oils are believed to stimulate circulation which helps promote blood flow throughout the body during nights’ rest resulting in increased energy levels when waking up in the morning. Furthermore, the act of massage itself enhances the penetration of the components found in essential oils into your body so you get to benefit more from the therapeutic action present depending on the oils you use.
4. improve sleep quality with an aromatherapy inhaler
Using an aromatherapy inhaler with essential oils can be an effective way to improve sleep quality. An aromatherapy inhaler is a small device that allows you to inhale essential oils without the need for diffusers or candles. These types of inhalers are compact and convenient, making them easy to carry with you wherever you go. When using an aromatherapy inhaler, you simply draw in the scent of the essential oil through your nose and mouth. This allows your body to absorb the beneficial properties of the oil directly into your bloodstream, while also calming your mind and body.
Studies have found that certain essential oils can have powerful effects on sleep quality. Lavender oil is one of the most well-studied essential oils for sleep promotion—it has been shown to reduce stress, boost relaxation and calm the central nervous system. Bergamot, chamomile, ylang-ylang and clary sage are other popular choices for improving sleep quality due to their relaxing properties.
When using an aromatherapy inhaler filled with these essential oils before bedtime, your body can begin to relax naturally, allowing you to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer throughout the night. In addition to helping with relaxation and better sleep quality, using an aromatherapy inhaler can also help reduce anxiety levels during waking hours. Just a few minutes of regular use each day can help lower stress levels by releasing neurotransmitters like serotonin into the brain that promote feelings of contentment and joy. By reducing stress during the day, you’ll create a more positive environment for improved sleeping habits at night.
5. create a calming environment by spraying essential oils on your linens and pillows
Spraying essential oils on your pillow can be a simple and effective way to improve sleep quality. The aroma of the oils will not only help you relax and unwind, but also promote a healthier sleep cycle. The scent from the oil will trigger receptors in your brain, sending signals to your body that it’s time to calm down and prepare for rest. Many people report that using essential oils has helped them fall asleep quicker and get deep, restorative sleep.
6. find peace that surpasses all understanding by praying and meditating on God's word
Taking time to pray and meditate before sleep is a great way to relax and improve sleep quality. Many scientific studies have found that when people practice spirituality, such as prayer or meditation, they enjoy improved mental health and wellbeing. There is also evidence that spiritual practices can reduce stress levels and help us find peace of mind. In addition, praying and meditating before bed can help to promote relaxation, which can lead to better quality sleep.
When we pray and meditate on God’s Word, it helps us to focus our minds on peaceful thoughts. We are reminded of His love for us and the good things He has done for us. This can help soothe our worries and anxieties, making it easier for us to fall asleep more quickly at night. Furthermore, spending time in prayer can help clear away any negative thoughts or distractions that may prevent us from drifting off peacefully into restful slumber.
Additionally, God’s Word contains many verses about rest and peace. By reading these passages before going to bed each night, we remind our minds that God is with us even in the darkness of night. He will guard our sleep while we are resting in Him. Knowing this truth can bring tremendous comfort and reassurance as we lay down each night preparing for restful sleep.
Finally, praying over specific requests for a good night’s sleep is also beneficial for improving overall sleep quality. We can pray specifically for energy during the day, refreshing slumber once we lie down for the evening, mental clarity when waking up in the morning, or anything else related to good sleeping habits that are important to us personally. As we take this time to bring our needs before God in prayerful meditation each night, He will provide strength and comfort through His Word as we seek a more peaceful rest each evening.
May we stay productive yet well-rested amidst all the circumstances we will find ourselves in this 2023.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Des and I’m an entrepreneur, certified aromatherapist and Christian cognitive behavioral therapy practitioner. After leaving behind a 10-year career in the corporate world, I took my certification in aromatherapy and started Aurae Natura. My hope goes beyond providing you reliable and credible information about aromatherapy and therapeutic-quality essential oils but to serve you meaningful content that will also nourish you mentally, emotionally and spiritually.