Sunday March 6, 2022
The Importance of Optimal Sleep!
Optimal sleep can feel nearly impossible in our modern world.
For some people, interruptions like a crying newborn or a toddler who refuses to go to bed can make it difficult to sleep through the night. For others, a demanding work schedule and constant notifications can pose a major obstacle.
Not to mention, hours of content to scroll through on social media and hundreds of binge-worthy TV shows. This can often take the place of sleeping for those who find themselves distracted by readily available technology. Even small things we might not think about, like drinking caffeine during the day or using the incorrect mattress or pillow, can contribute to poor sleeping at night.
For those struggling to get quality, consistent sleep, there’s hope. Every night in hundreds of thousands of homes throughout the world, people use the potent and powerful nature of essential oils to create a restful environment. Even better, the aroma of these oils can be combined with other healthy practices before bedtime.
Though it’s one of the most crucial elements to good health, sleep is, unfortunately, one of the most undervalued parts of modern schedules. Living in a busy world, we often sacrifice sleep for other pursuits like work, family responsibilities, and even technological distractions.
Experts suggest adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. While the amount of sleep required may vary slightly from person to person, there’s no escaping it—we all need rest. Unfortunately, many adults don’t get the proper amount of sleep they need to maintain a healthy brain and body.
Chances are, many of us know why we aren’t sleeping well, but we don’t consider what’s happening to the body when we repeatedly miss out on quality sleep. Your body needs sleep to recuperate and perform optimally the next day. More specifically, sleep helps with important functions like mending our blood vessels, supporting the immune system, and balancing hormones. Regular quality sleep is vital to the body’s restorative processes, missing out on proper rest can pose health risks. I often say we take better care of our electronics than ourselves. Our electronic devices can’t work or work well when the battery is depleted. It's the same for us humans. Yet, most of us run on a “low battery” and we wonder why we can’t function properly or our health is not optimal.
Loss of sleep can also influence emotions, behavior, and decision-making abilities, which can have negative effects on daily life. For both adults and children, not getting enough rest can influence learning ability and motivation, making it far more difficult to complete tasks or learn properly.
When you want to use the power of aroma to help you sleep, simply establish what’s called a positive association. So as you’re preparing for bedtime, you breathe in the soothing aroma of Lavender oil. If all goes well, you’ve created the optimal sleeping environment, which helps you get a good night of rest.
The next night, you decide to use Lavender at bedtime again. Let’s say you do this for a few nights in a row. Eventually, when you breathe in the aroma of Lavender essential oil, you’ll have a positive association between its scent and preparing for bed. Once this positive association is established, you can use Lavender as part of your regular bedtime routine to signal to your brain that it’s time for rest.
Here are a few of my favorite essential oils for sleep:
Melissa Essential Oil: Many people find the fresh, herbaceous aroma of Melissa oil to be calming and soothing. When used at nighttime, Melissa can help to bring about an atmosphere that encourages relaxation.
Roman Chamomile: Known for its soothing properties that can soothe the skin and digestive system, Roman Chamomile oil also soothes with its aroma, helping you unwind at bedtime. The sweet, daisy-like scent of Roman Chamomile blends well with other soothing oils, such as Bergamot, Lavender, and Vetiver.
Serenity® Restful Blend: Specifically blended to make a restful atmosphere at bedtime, Serenity® Restful Blend brings together some of the most calming essential oils—Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, and several others. To make this powerful blend even better, consider using it with Serenity Restful Complex Softgels.
Vetiver: For those trying to create a stabilizing, grounded atmosphere, Vetiver oil is often a go-to. The distinct, earthy aroma of Vetiver blends well with lighter, floral oils like Lavender and can help create the perfect bedtime ambiance.
Serenity™ Softgels: Relieves occasional sleeplessness. The softgel contains a combination of Lavender essential oil, L-theanine, and plant extracts including lemon balm, passionflower, and german chamomile.
L-theanine specifically has been shown to improve sleep efficiency which refers to the amount of time you are actually asleep. It also improves sleep latency or the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep once the lights are off. Both are important to healthy sleep as those who are able to fall asleep faster are usually more likely to have efficient sleep.
Adaptiv™ Capsules: A nagging headache, trouble sleeping, a lack of energy and decreased productivity are all signs of everyday stress. Exercise like Yoga or a few hours at the gym helps. Meditation, eating right, even hobbies, or a vacation can be beneficial. Stress management is all about taking charge of lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and dealing with problems. Let’s face it, we can’t completely eliminate stressors so we need something to help us adapt. The dōTERRA Adaptiv Calming Blend products are an effective way to enhance mood and help adapt to new surroundings.
dōTERRA has a wonderful 90-day reset with our Sleep Wellness Program. Once you open your account with dōTERRA, you can opt-in to this wellness program and get wellness delivered straight to your door. Each month for three months, we’ll send you a new collection of products specifically selected to support a restful night’s sleep. I did a 90-day reset and I just love these products.
I invite you to hop over to my Insta and/or Facebook pages this month. I’m covering it all with little snippets of how I am living my oily life. It’s easy to ditch the toxins and convert them to a more healthier and natural lifestyle. My intention is to share with you how easy it is!
Feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about using natural solutions for you and your family.
Until the next time.
Be well, Deanna
Peace. Love. Oils.