• Kelsey Sims

Sleep & Essential Oils

You have so many important things to do each day. You can’t afford to wake up feeling groggy or unrested. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining physical and emotional health. doTERRA has several essential oils that can be used before bed to help you fall asleep faster, sleep peacefully through the night, and wake up more rested.

Sleep is one of the three foundations for health, along with nutrition and exercise. Yet a good night’s sleep can be so elusive. In the United States, approximately 30 percent of adults have difficulty falling asleep, and nearly 40 percent report that accidentally falling asleep during the day. This sleep deficit is more than just an inconvenience—poor sleep can be linked to negative health consequences. Insufficient sleep may be linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, car accidents, and obesity. Too little sleep is also linked with impaired memory and thinking skills, moodiness, lowered immunity, and an increased chance of developing depression and anxiety.

For people who have a difficult time falling or staying asleep, there are several things you can do. Essential oils can help people relax and prepare for a restful sleep. Aromatherapy with Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Petitgrain, and Serenity essential oils can create an environment that encourages restorative sleep. These oils can be used alone or with Serenity Restful Complex Softgels to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Designed specifically to help support restful sleep, doTERRA Serenity Restful Blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that is perfectly balanced to promote a restful sleeping environment. This blend calms the senses with Lavender, Ho Wood, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Vetiver essential oils and Vanilla Absolute. This blend can be diffused or applied topically to promote healthy sleep.

doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex Softgels can be taken internally to support restful sleep. This formula combines the well-researched, relaxing benefits of Lavender essential oil, L-Theanine, lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to gently promote relaxation and sleep.

Lavender has been extensively researched for its relaxing properties and its effect on sleep. Lavender essential oil is high in linalool and linalyl acetate, which are known to be relaxing and calming. Inhale Lavender prior to bedtime each night to help re-balance your sleep cycle.

Another essential oil that is beneficial for encouraging sleep is Petitgrain, which has a deeper and more masculine scent than the more flowery-scented Lavender. Like Lavender, Petitgrain is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate.

Sometimes falling asleep is made difficult because of restless thoughts. When this happens, try using doTERRA Balance, Vetiver, or Cedarwood. These are powerfully grounding aromas, and can help you to unwind before bedtime. If you often wake from stressful dreams, try diffusing these throughout the night to keep your mind at ease.

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