Probably you have heard that sleeping is very important for our body. People who have chronic sleep loss problem can put them in increased risk of heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. (1)
Stress and anxiety are one of the biggest reasons that keeps the body from falling asleep. When you are under stress or anxiety, your brains has a problem to shut off. When you have problem to fall asleep you are feeling nervous and you are stressing again, which leads to never ending cycle.
Also, distractions of sounds, like living on the main road or the noise of nocturnal pets, makes falling asleep almost impossible. (2)
Luckily, there are some essential oils which can reduce a person’s stress and anxiety. Using a couple of drops of essential oil before bed time will give you more restful sleep. You shouldn’t use more than 4 drops, because very strong aroma can do the opposite effect.
Each essential oil affects a person differently, so try different ones until you find which is the perfect for you.
Lavender essential oil is good to combat anxiety and help you to relax. Several studies have linked the aroma of lavender essential oil to better sleep and even reduced insomnia.
Roman Chamomile essential oil has sedative and relaxing properties and it is good for calming and relaxing attributes. It is very popular for many people who suffer from insomnia, stress, and nervous tension.
It is good for those who do not sleep well and who are waking during the sleep. It lowers blood pressure and is also suggested as the essential oil to use for nervous tension and hyperactivity.
Bergamot is a citrus essential oil which can stimulating and calming. It is a photosensitive essential oil, so do not apply it to areas that will be exposed to direct sunlight.
It is a floral essential oil that is perfect for creating a calm atmosphere. It is soothing for the nerves and is known to help with anxiety, tension, shock, fear, and panic.