“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best remedies for everything”
– Irish proverb
Have you ever struggled to strike up a conversation with someone? Ask them about last night’s sleep and you should have a full ear! Ask me. So last night’s sleep was good for me, thank you. Partly because yesterday was not good. The busy 3am brain kept me up almost until the alarm clock at 6am. Thanks for asking the question.
Why is sleep a central point in our daily life, especially when we don’t have enough? I mean, you could say it’s the least interesting part of our day. I believe we are a little obsessed with sleep in part because of the fact that we cannot thrive without it. Any goal we have in our lives can be helped or hindered by the amount and quality of our sleep.
So what can we do about something that should be automatic, a natural function of life? A little, in fact! The more we delve into the subject of sleep, the more we discover how many factors affect our sleep. Our diet, our stress levels, our electronic habits, even the amount of light in our bedroom all contribute to the quality of sleep. So the good news is that we can make changes. The bad news is that your sleep won’t improve if you don’t make a change!
Sleep problems are also diverse in nature. They can be of physical, emotional or mental origin. So we must remove our holistic health tools, including intuition, to discern the root of the problem. It can be as simple as drinking too much caffeine during the day, or as complex as going through hormonal changes that cause a systemic change. Then we come to the choice of how to make a positive change to improve sleep.
As with all other aspects of our life, aromatherapy offers an incredible array of options for improving and improving sleep.
Take lavender, lavandula angustifolia, to start. It is perhaps universally known that lavender can have a calming effect on the human nervous system. But let’s remember that it also has properties that relieve pain, spasms and inflammation. And, for many of us, the scent is just heartwarming.
So, to take advantage of these effects, add other suitable essential oils and you have a delicious tool to promote restful sleep. In my own practice, I take particular joy in working with clients to create their own bespoke sleep blends. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than giving them the opportunity to sleep well.
Join me for my “Essential Oils for Sleep” online course where I will delve deeper into the many aspects that affect our sleep, as well as the range of natural tools we can look for that perfect 8 hour nap. Sweet Dreams!