Improve Your Sleep with Essential Oils
LET’S GET STARTED:
Again, I am on this journey of becoming something better every day, and at almost 30, I have yet again, gained significant information that will continue to improve my health, wellness, and quality of life. It’s nothing new, sleep is one of our most essential parts of living and something our body naturally desires to go through every day. The truth is though, most people either don’t get enough sleep or don’t get quality sleep. I remember growing up and hearing from adults, “get a good night's sleep” before important sports games or important exams. I always knew sleep was important but I never really considered all that happened during the sleep cycles, until now.
What’s surprising to me is that far too many of us simply push sleep to the side when dealing with other priorities in life, thinking to ourselves “I’ll catch up on sleep tomorrow night” or “I’ll get extra sleep on the weekend”. I know first hand that I have been there before, choosing to leave things for the last minute: packing until 1 am to then turn around and wake up, catching a 6am flight; cooking and preparing food, cookies, or presents all for the early morning; and those college nights writing a paper or cramming for the exam until well past midnight. We can probably all remember a time when we thought that the sleep we were cutting short was not the most important thing for our performance the next day, our health, or for the quality of life.
Just a few months ago, I was like most of us, unaware of the real health effects from sleeping less than 8 hours a night. The subtle psychological clues that our body is usually giving us—low energy levels, feeling grogg, tired, and not well rested when waking up— doesn't seem to be enough for some people to commit to healthy sleep habits. Unfortunately after taking time for personal growth and continuing to learn how to live a healthier life, I have found that cutting out on my sleep could be one that impacts 10 years of my life. There's much, much more, than just feeling tired and because of this recent understanding, I consider sleep to be one of the most important pillars of health.
Ok, ok— why though? I know that’s what your asking. I’m here to share with you what I have learned over the last few months on my wellness journey. Over the last 6th months, I have taken a lot of time listening to Podcasts on my ride to work. I use my ride as an opportunity to learn and listen to highly educated professionals discuss current science and physiological effects on the body from many lifestyle factors, such as — nutrition, sleep, exercise,and stress— some information giving me the motivation and focus I need to continue improving my quality and longevity of my life.
Specifically relating to sleep, I found research from Matthew Walker’s very interesting and influential in our home. The first time I heard Matthew Walker was on Joe Rogan Podcast. Let’s just say, Walker light a fire. I dove in to learn more and took his knowledge and started making changes. I put a new found focus on my sleep health, implemented new habits, and continue to use my essential oils support the quality of my sleep every night.
Matthew Walker is a Doctor of Neuroscience, professor at University of California Berkeley, and the founder and director of Center for Human Sleep Science. After listening to his podcast with Joe Rogan and reading a few of his publications, he has mentioned several times that there is a direct relation to sleep and longevity, to me — that makes sleep pretty important. I am on a journey of wellness, and it was clear that what he has put together is important and directly connected to my personal journey.
Honestly, Walker blew me away, I highly recommend reading his book to truly understand, Why We Sleep:Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams which you can order from amazon. You can learn more right from his website, www.sleepdiplomat.com or review his research which examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease at https://www.humansleepscience.com
Even according to the Center for Disease Control, “As chronic diseases have assumed an increasingly common role in premature death and illness, interest in the role of sleep health in the development and management of chronic diseases has grown. Notably, insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression” (2018). There is much more information and facts found on at the CDC’s database showing the health risks of sleep deprivation, less than 7 hours, which you can review here: https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html
With this all being said, I thought it was important to reflect and share with you some of my new tips that seem to be supporting me in getting my 8 hours of quality sleep, which support my overall health, wellness, and longevity.
Here are few new tips that I have implemented into my lifestyle since listening to Matthew Walker, reading Why We Sleep:Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams and digging into some sleep education from the CDC.
LET’S TALK ESSENTIAL OILS:
Since I know sleep is so important and desired by many, I want to share how I use Young Living Essential Oils support the quality of my sleep every night. To be honest, I was never really a person who struggled with sleep but that didn't stop me from using them at night once I first got my Premium Starter Kit in 2016. Everyone I talked to in our education group—Oils Modern Essentials—used something at night whether it was Lavender, Frankincense, or other oils to support sleep at night, so I gave it a go too. Once my Premium Starter Kit arrived, I decided to move my diffuser into my bedroom and diffuse lavender while we slept one night. I remember waking up and actually feeling well rested, I actually never knew I wasn’t well rested but the feeling of waking up in a room of lavender was just different. I continued to use lavender after that night, it felt much easier to fall asleep and become relaxed at night, and much more refreshed in the morning. My routine continued but again to be honest, it wasn’t until I replaced the Dew Drop Diffuser from my Premium Starter kit with my Desert Mist Diffuser in my bedroom that I realized how incredible diffusing at night has helped my sleep quality. (Learn all about how I use Lavender!)
Here’s the thing, the Dew Drop Diffuser runs on for 4 hours, it's an easy diffuser to use and very durable. I have several of them all around the house and at school still to this day. The first night that I used my new Desert Mist Diffuser on the 8-10 hour intermittent setting, I woke up and my body just again felt a difference, an even bigger difference. It was clear, I noticed in the morning I had a full 8 hours of quality sleep, the only thing that was different was my diffuser was on through the entire night compared to just 4 hours. Ever since our first night with the Desert Mist Diffuser, we use Young Living Essential Oils to support our sleep in a variety of ways, which I am going to share. We set the diffuser for the 8-10 hour setting, which is available on the Desert Mist Diffuser and Lantern Diffusers, and we also apply them topically on our body. I want to share with you why we use essential oils to support sleep quality and share with you several of my favorite sleep essential oils.
DIFFUSING AND TOPICAL USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SLEEP:
Young Living Essential Oils support sleep because they support our body systems, helping our body become ready to fall asleep. Using a Young Living diffuser allows us to inhale the essential oils, which is the quickest and most effective way to use them. Through your nostrils, the teeny tiny constituents have a direct route to the brain, where all the activity happens while we sleep. Some say it takes about 22 seconds for oils to influence the brain when diffused, and can be found in our bloodstream within 3 seconds of inhaling, amazing! I like to use essential oils in all three ways, (topically, aromatically and internally) but I like diffusing at night because it’s a steady way to breathe in essential oils all night long and this is where I saw a lot of difference in my sleep from the start.
All the young living diffusers have distinctive features that are unique. Young Living has the highest standards of quality, it is important to know what exactly you are inhaling and putting on your body when using essential oils, this was the biggest reason why I choose Young Living; with Young Living’s Seed to Seal Promise and having the opportunity to walk through their farms, I know I can trust their integrity. It’s also important to use Young Living Essential Oils with Young Living diffusers. Many of the Young Living diffusers can be purchased as part of the Premium Starter Kit at a discount, so I always recommend the Premium Start Kit for anyone who is interested in diffusing. It’s the way that I got started too because I felt it was the best way to get the most for my money. The Premium Starter Kit comes with a diffuser and 12 essential oils to help get you started. When picking a diffuser, it’s important to consider what you intend to use it for.
It’s important to educate yourself before using essential oils. I am very grateful to be apart of an amazing educational community, which anyone signing up with a Premium Starter Kit from this site will receive access to the groups. Along my journey, the essential oil education has made me more comfortable and given me an understanding on why I choose to use essential oils in our home, in all three ways. In some of my education groups, books, and learning at the Young Living Conventions, I have heard that there is a science behind sleep and essential oils.
The molecules in essential oils are bio-identical to the cells in your body. When you apply an essential oil topically, it joins forces with the cells that it finds in your body that it identifies with and travels to the receptor sites. If there is something missing that is causing a problem in how the cell is functioning, or in the case of this post, a disturbance in sleeping, the molecules slip into the area of the cell where there is a deficiency and fill that gap. To be completely honest, specially with sleep, sometimes it is a matter of trial and error to find exactly which oil will support you the best.
Everyone is different, give it time. I have friends that “try” essential oils and after one night they say it doesn’t work. The best way to use essential oils is consistency. There are a lot of Young Living Essential Oils, all with different constituents and properties. Experimentation to find the essential oils that support your body is a part of using essential oils. Lavender supported my body, but it may not be your sleepy oil. If your giving up after one sleep, your not taking your health into your own hands. I know, I had to try a variety of essential oils to support my skin. (Read my skin story here) It truly is about figuring out what is best for you, whether its sleep, skin, immune, digestion support.
For topical use of my essential oils, I typically create essential oil rollers with a recipe of a few sleep supporting oils. I then keep my rollers on my bedside to apply them on my body before I go to bed. When applying oils for sleep, the bottoms of the feet never fail. I have heard that oils have quick access to the bloodstream through the large pores on the bottoms of the feet, and for kids sensitivity is lessened because of the durability and thickness of the skin in that area. Again, learn to dilution and proper safety when applying oils, I did a lot of research in education groups and books before applying essential oils to my body. I use the resources from the reference guide to help use the oils safely.
I apply my sleepy essential oils rollers on my toes and soles of my feet at night. According to the vita flex chart, the area of the foot that controls the brain and is responsible for primal actions such as sleep, is the bottom of the big toes, so that’s where I apply and concentrate on when rolling on my essential oils topically at night. Behind the neck on the base of the brain stem, temples, wrists, and behind my ears are all other areas that I put my essential oil roller. Of course, I am not a doctor and you need to follow dilution guidelines carefully, and read labels for full instructions.
There are so many essential oils that may support sleep. We typically use a few in the diffuser, my favorite diffuser blend at night is Lavender and Sleepylze, sometimes I add a wellness oil such as Thieves or Raven too. My favorite sleepy essential oil roller blend is Lavender, Sleepylze, Cedarwood, Valor, Frankincense, and Peace & Calming.
Here is a list of essential oils that we like to use in the evening:
SLEEPY ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT: The best place to start is with the Premium Starter Kit, there are 5 wonderful essential oils coming right in the kit:
SLEEPY ESSENTIAL OILS OUTSIDE THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT
INGESTING FOR SLEEP SUPPORT:
Like is said earlier, I like to use essential oils in all the ways, which includes ingesting Young Living Vitality Essential Oils. Ingesting essential oils is a personal decision based totally on your comfort level. Please be sure to educate yourself on the safety of ingesting before deciding what you are comfortable with, learn about the proper number of drops to use before ingesting anything. I started slow with ingesting oils, I used one drop of citrus vitality oils in my water to start (only use glass stainless steel when using oils for consumption) . Ingesting Vitality Essential Oils can be done in a variety of ways, add desired drops directly into a glass of water, dropped under the tongue, or put into an empty vegetable capsule (with properly diluted of carrier oil) and then ingested in capsule form. There are three essential oils that come to mind for: Lavender Vitality, Frankincense Vitality, and Copaiba Vitality.
Before using these oils internally, learn safety and educate yourself.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OIL SUPPLEMENTS:
Young Living also has many supplements to support our health and wellness. I chose buying my supplements from Young Living because I trust that it is there are no additives or synthetics blended into the supplement. There is also some interesting science that out there showing that essential oils infused into the supplements supports the absorption of the vitamins and minerals. Young Living has supplements for targeted nutrition, foundational nutrition, and cleansing nutrition, if your using supplements right now, I am sure Young Living has a supplement that you can use too.
OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER:
Review my resources page for books to consider for further reading and education, here are a few of my favorites:
Please review some of my other blogs to learn about how I use essential oils at night with more DIY products such as:
You can read the recipes for these items in my blogs
I hope this post is a resource for you and that you enjoy some of your Young Living Essential Oils to support quality of sleep. If your ready to get started with essential oils, visit our buy oils page to review your options. Once you sign up, you will receive support, education, and resources from our community!
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