I’ve had such a crazy week with a lot of technical issues. And my kids had me running constantly. It’s been one of those non-stop weeks. But aren’t they all.
In the grand scheme of things, I am SO grateful that my problems are technology-related (because I am lucky enough to work from home!) and busy with kids (because I’m lucky enough to be a mom to these three!).
However, stress is still stress, even if I can put it in perspective. And that stress directly affects my ability to sleep. I’m tired when I go to sleep, but if I feel wired with a million things running through my head, I’m not going to fall asleep.
If we don’t get enough sleep, we are much less productive. It’s just the truth. Even though we think we’re staying up late and ‘catching up’, our decision-making skills are just not what they should be. Our attention to detail when we’re tired? Forget it.
And let’s talk weight gain. It’s such a common concern during the holidays. When we don’t sleep enough, our hunger hormone (grehlin) and fullness hormone (leptin) get out of balance and we crave food (especially sugar and carbs!) for energy.
Not only do you have lowered self-control around the cookie tray due to pure exhaustion, you actually feel hungrier than you would if you were well-rested. Hello weight gain.
Most of know we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but are we getting it? Probably not.
If you have little kiddos or a demanding career, 7-9 hours may not fit into your life at the moment. But what you can do is to make sure to maximize the hours you DO have for sleep.
Utilize your essential oils to calm your mind and body, and provide a relaxing environment that leads to restful sleep.
1. Topically. I put a drop of lavender on the bottoms of my feet every night as I’m getting ready for bed. You can dilute lavender (1 drops of fractionated coconut oil to 1 drop Lavender) or it can be used NEAT which means without dilution, and rub on the back of your neck or on your wrists. My son uses the Touch lavender bottle on the back of his neck every night before bed. I love applying to my wrists for calming during the day because it smells so good. You can also use 2-3 drops in an epsom salt bath; that is fantastic way to calm before bed.
2. Aromatically. Lavender is wonderful to diffuse in your bedroom to calm and create that perfect environment for sleep. It helps promote relaxation and decreases stress. Add a few drops to your diffuser of choice (I love the Petal). You could also add a drop to a diffuser necklace or bracelet to smell throughout the day as needed. (That’s a great tip for kids that get anxious as well.) You can add a drop to your pillow to keep breathing it in throughout the night if you don’t have a diffuser yet.
3. Internally. Many doTERRA EO’s are safe to take internally, and lavender is one of them. You can add a drop to a warm beverage like chamomile tea. That’s very soothing to drink before bed or as you’re winding down. You can even put a drop under your tongue.
What are your favorite ways to use Lavender to support relaxation and a better night’s sleep? Let me know in the comments below!
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