February 5 2020
Lack of sleep can really mess up your day, especially when it comes to your productivity. The bad thing is not even coffee could be enough to keep you awake during the day or even allow your brain to function to its full capacity, which can badly impact your work, more so if you’re no stranger to sleepless nights.
Work aside, spending nights awake while everyone else is taking their well deserved rest can be annoying to say the least, and it impacts so much more than merely your professional life; when you’ve spend the night tossing and turning, it’s normal to be moody the following day yet when it starts affecting your relationships and health, then you know it’s time to look for some solutions to make it easier to fall into slumber.
Aromatherapy has long been used throughout history for various purposes, from medicinal to relaxation and beauty, so it’s an ancient practice that’s still very much helpful. Nowadays when there are so many options of pure organic oils, including those sleeping essential oils especially created to calm the mind and relax the body, why not treat yourself to some aromatherapy?
The varieties are bountiful, for instance there’s lavender pure oil, ylang ylang, frankincense, geranium, clary sage, jasmine, cedarwood, rose, marjoram, patchouli, camomile, neroli, and Australian mandarin to name some, but if you can’t make up your mind on which one to choose, some stores (yes, even online!) offer kits so you can try out samples of each of them prior to purchasing.
As soon as you’ve made your choice, there are many ways you can apply the essential oils to reap the relaxing benefits and finally get some good sleep. For one, there’s the way to disperse them in the air in your room, using a diffuser, then you can also apply some drops in your bath about an hour-an hour and a half before bedtime.
What’s additionally great about some sleeping essential oils is how useful they are with fighting off bacteria, microbes and allergies, so when applied to the bed sheets you’d be able to wave bed bugs goodbye too. Still, to avoid skin irritation if you’ve got sensitive skin it’s advisable to apply on the underside of the sheets.
Lastly, there’s the chance to apply them directly on your body, specifically on the wrists, palms, the soles of the feet, however, it’s important to pay attention whether or not the oil you’ve got needs to be diluted with a carrier oil before you can use it directly on your skin. To see if you’re allergic, it’s best to apply on a small patch first and wait for some hours in case there’s a reaction.
Not only is it important to go to bed at a reasonable time, which means not on midnight or after it, it’s equally essential to have a sleep routine to stick to, like the exact hour you go to bed every night and the hour you wake up the next day. Sticking to this schedule helps because the body would know when it’s sleeptime and gets ready for sleep which isn’t the case with people who have a messy schedule. The consistency is what helps the body, along with the sleeping essential oils, so it’s something to have in mind the next time you’re afraid of staying awake.
You may love the thought of watching shows and series prior to your bedtime but no matter how appealing it might seem, it’s a definite no-no since screentime is known to be a culprit that messes up with your sleep routine. It’s exactly the screen light which prevents the sleep hormone from being effective so instead of preparing your body for some well deserved rest, you’d be waking it up; don’t be surprised if your screen habits affect your z’s.
The environment must be that of rest in the bedroom, and if you simply can’t resist the TV in the room, just move it to another room! Moreover, you could welcome electronics that help block out noise and provide soothing sounds like waterfall, known for their relaxing outcome. And oh, unless you have shades and curtains, light can also be a problem so don’t forget to keep a sleep mask at hand too.
Are you a night snacker? Well, sorry to break it to you, but you’re going to have to change your snacking habits. The best time to eat is a few hours before bedtime, about two or three to be exact, and other than minding this, it’s needless to say you ought to be more careful with what you eat as well.
Things you must keep off your night menu are chocolates, greasy foods such as hamburgers, pizza (yes, even the comfort food!), ice cream, pasta, wine and all sorts of alcohol, as well as coffee.