In 2007, a study by Sleep Foundation found that three out of ten women reported only getting a good night's sleep a few times a month.
For many women, the frequent trips to the restroom and a solid serving of anxiety in the evening leaves them feeling tired in the morning.
Here are some tips to help you get to sleep naturally.
Diffusing Lavender essential oil: I use the Spa Mist Diffuser on my nightstand. About thirty minutes before bedtime, I add five drops of Lavender and turn it on. When I head to bed, the entire room has a comforting, relaxing Lavender aroma. In a pinch, I'll just drop one or two drops right on the side of the mattress near my pillow. A cotton ball works just as well.
Essential oil blends for sleep: When blending for sleep, use your nose and your instincts. You've got many great choices. I try to keep it simple, using unscented lotion or jojoba oil as the carrier. I apply the lotion to the back of my neck and wrists. Oils like Rosewood, Roman Chamomile and Lavender work beautifully in sleep blends.
Here are some additional sleep tips that help me:
- Consider removing your television set from the bedroom.
- Eliminate indoor allergens whenever possible. (Clean the sheets often, avoid curtains, use an air purifier and a room spray with essential oils.)
- Maintain a comfortable temperature in the room. This may mean more or less clothing, thinner or thicker comforters, or opening the windows.
- Keep it dark. If you have trouble sleeping, even an overly-bright clock can keep you up.
- If you're getting lost in your thoughts, just get up and do something soothing for a while, like reading a favorite magazine.
- Avoid caffeine, at least in the late afternoons and evenings.
- Tell yourself sweet stories and remember what was great about your day!