How Aromatherapy and a Sleep Diffuser Can Aid Sleep Naturally
As almost everyone knows, getting a good night’s sleep is a must for overall health and well-being (not to mention not actually falling asleep at your desk.) However, even if you invest in the most expensive bed (and bedding) in the world, take the expert’s advice and avoid caffeine before bed and try to make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time every night in today’s busy, always on world actually getting a restful night’s sleep can prove challenging.
While there are all kinds of sleep aids and sleep ‘tips’ you can try to solve the problem of being unable to sleep there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. One sleep aid that is growing popularity right now, however – and for good reason – is the idea of aromatherapy to aid sleep.
Aromatherapy itself dates back thousands of years, to both Ancient China and Ancient Rome. The basic premise is that the inhalation of certain essential oils and scents can enhance psychological and physical well-being in many different ways, including promoting relaxation and a better night’s sleep.
Making Use of Aromatherapy in Your Bedroom
One of the easiest ways to make use of aromatherapy in your bedroom to help you get a better night’s sleep is vis a sleep diffuser. These clever little machines not only help waft the soothing scents of essential oils throughout the room but they also help balance the quality of the air, helping to make sure that it’s not too humid and not too dry; the perfect conditions for a great night’s sleep.
The best of these sleep diffusers are stylish (no one wants an ugly, clunky machine on their bedside table) and operate almost silently. Sleep diffusers are also far more affordable than you might imagine and unlike that ‘old standby’ – the over the counter sleeping pill – there is nothing habit-forming or unhealthy about aromatherapy or the use of a sleep diffuser at all.
Using a Sleep Diffuser to Get a Great Night’s Rest
Using a humifying sleep diffuser is easy. Simply add a few essential oil drops into water in your machine and watch as the vapor drifts out of the small opening at the top of your diffuser.
You’ll immediately begin to feel – and smell – the calming benefits. Oil diffusers emit aromatherapy vapors throughout any room – so you can use it in guest rooms and kids’ rooms too. Plus, they’re long-lasting. So, whether you’re taking a short nap, or tucking in for the night, you’re guaranteed deep sleep!
The big question you probably have, of course, is which are the best essential oils to make use of to promote sleep. As each oil does have its own benefits often experimenting with several different ones until you find the perfect match is the best course of action, but there are certain essential oils that are very commonly used to help promote rest, relaxation and a great night’s sleep. Here’s a brief look at just some of them:
It’s probably fair to say that the subtle scent of lavender is the swiss-army knife of essential oils because it helps with everything! Lavender has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and it is especially effective for promoting sleep. The fact that it also has a truly delicious scent is, of course, another big plus.
Bergamot boasts a subtle citrus scent because it is derived from the rinds of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. It’s a real gem when it comes to sleep however as it is both calming and refreshing. It’s also excellent for calming and clearing the mind, allowing you to bypass the cares of the day and fall into a nice, deep slumber.
If you are having trouble getting to sleep because you have a cold or a stuffy nose – or you have a tendency to snore – diffusing eucalyptus into the air in your bedroom can work wonders. It clears the nasal passages helps keep that way all night while also suppressing the grating sound of snoring.
It may sound old-school, but Frankincense works like a charm. Its oil is rich in nutrients and sleep-aid properties. With an uplifting and earthy aroma, this essential oil is considered grounding – something that we could all use before bed.
Essential oils purify the air, enhance your mood and create an optimal sleep environment – a compelling case for adding them to your evening routine if you ask us! So go ahead, diffuse away, you’ve nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain, especially when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep.