Inside: Are you dealing with sleeping problems? Learn how to overcome and find peaceful sleep and relaxation with the use of quality, essential oils. Tips for what oils work and what you can do to start sleeping better.
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It was 2:30 a.m., and I was again staring at the clock. The house was silent as it should be with everyone on dreamland, except for me.
I got up to use the bathroom and returned to bed praying that I would fall back asleep.
You see, this wasn’t the first night that dreamland evicted me.
It had become a regular visitor.
The next day, I would be plagued with fatigue, low motivation, and the desire to get into bed often, but with a preschooler, it meant I’d need to stay awake.
In the past when I’d suffer from insomnia, I’d try over the counter sleep aids, but they never seemed to make a difference.
The awake nights would still plague me, so I’d resort to calling my doctor for help.
Once I exhausted the usual medications found in the local pharmacy, a stronger prescription would be called in for me.
The problem was, I developed a bad side effect from the prescription sleep meds and had to go off of them.
I know I needed to find something better and long-term.
Sleep Begins with Life Style
When we’re kids, we can usually fall asleep anywhere. I remember sleeping on the hard floor like it was nothing.
I didn’t wake up at night, and if I did, I fell back to sleep quickly. Sleeping in on the weekends or till noon had no effect on my sleep patterns.
Sleep problems didn’t really start until my mid-thirties.
My sleep woes could be traced to hormonal imbalances. More about that in another post.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to the conclusion that getting good, quality sleep is a lifestyle.
So many of us have the mindset that we don’t need to prepare our bodies for sleep.
Promoting Good Sleep
The truth is what we do during the day has a direct effect on our sleep:
- How much sunlight we are exposed to
- The amount of caffeine which is so hard when we need to stay awake
- Bluelights from technology
- Lack of exercise
- Eating too late at night
- Stress levels
- (other conditions that you might suffer from)
As I said above, my default reaction in the past was to ask my doctor for a prescription.
At the beginning, it did help me sleep better, but every morning I felt like a zombie. After being on the medication for a few days, I had side effects which caused more issues than I wanted.
The Benefit of Essential Oils
Can I be honest?
However, my desire for sleep pushed me into trying anything.
The first thing I learned is that the quality of the oil matters.
In the beginning, I thought this was a sales tactic to buy more expensive oils so I researched it.
Can I disclose that I am a green personality? (I did the free test)
This means I research everything before I do anything.
And yes, I fall into paralysis by analysis many times. So glad I have a God that I can draw closer to in prayer because I ask for direction when my analysis tries to take over.
After researching, I sometimes (but should every time) seek God’s direction to lead me to what will heal me or guide me to make wise decisions.
Quality matters because we want to make sure that any money we spend is going towards helping with our specific needs.
My need was sleep, so I wanted to make sure I was getting something that was actually going to help me sleep.
Many of the problems we are dealing with in regards to stress can be traced back to toxins and chemical exposure to our body systems.
The last thing we want is to add more harmful products to our bodies.
Unbalanced Body Equals Problematic Sleep
Let me stop right here and say the reason for lack of sleep is that some system in our body is unbalanced.
A balanced body will find the rest it needs; sleep will be deep, and we will awaken feeling good and rested.
Essential oils help our bodies find balance.
If an oil doesn’t help, it might take a few weeks, or it might not be the oil your body needs.
Lavender helps a lot of people sleep, but it wasn’t strong enough to help me find peaceful sleep.
I use Lavender in tandem with other oils, but it helps my kids sleep!
Through trial and error, I found the oils that help me find peaceful sleep most nights.
Now during that time of the month, it’s hit or miss and understanding this and making acceptance of it has been helpful overcoming those nights where sleep doesn’t come.
Sleep and Essential Oils
The oils I use to help me find restful, more peaceful sleep:
- Peace and Calming
During that time of month, I also might incorporate Sleepessence or Immunpro
We can ask God to bless our sleep, help us relax, and recover through sleep to begin tomorrow awake and ready to meet the demands of the day by keeping our center on Him and His plans for our day.
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