Sleep is by far one of the most challenging issues I try to help people regulate with oils, and it seems to really be a problem during daylight savings.
There are so many reasons why a person would not be sleeping regularly! The first thing you have to do is determine the underlying cause to irregular sleep. Reasons include:
- irregular hormones
- sickness or injury
- lack of melatonin
- over-stimulization/ hyperactivity in the brain
- excess caffeine
- poor sleeping habits
- time/clock changes
Hormones play a huge part in our sleep quality as we age. If you find you have other issues in the body that are hormone related AND sleep issues; a good place to start would be hormone support.
Sickness and injury can affect the quality of sleep. Teething, sore muscles, a broken bone; sometimes we just need pain relief in order to sleep well, not necessarily a sleeping aid.
Melatonin production in the brain plays a part in quality of sleep. If your brain has stopped producing enough, sometimes supplementing melatonin will help. Sleep Essence contains 1.5 mg of melatonin.
#myoilstory Sometimes I have a hard time “turning off my brain” after along day. I get poor sleep when my brain does not rest while I sleep. My brain likes to process the day’s events after I fall asleep by sleepwalking. I do it more often in high stress seasons. Valerian and Vetiver both help my brain “turn off” while I sleep and control some of my sleep walking tendencies. I apply these two on the bottoms of my big toes when I climb into bed.
Creating poor sleeping habits will alter your quality of sleep. Follow these rules:
- no caffiene after your noontime lunch break
- go to sleep at the same time every night
- keep all electronics and “blue lights” turned off or out of the bedroom 1 hour prior to bed
Sugar is a stimulant. Just like caffeine, eating sugar will keep you awake. I sleep better overall when sugar is not a part of my diet.
You’ve heard me say it before, FOOD is the best medicine. Foods that help you sleep are:
1. Fish (salmon, halibut, tuna) because they boost vitamin B6 which you need to make melatonin.
2. Jasmine Rice- it’s high on the glycemic index and can help you fall asleep faster.
3. Calcium- in any form will help you fall sleep. If you are deficient in calcium you may be lacking quality sleep and having a hard time falling asleep.
4. Magnesium- in any form, will help you stay asleep. Many Americans have too little magnesium in their diets.
5. Bananas- known for their potassium, but are also a good source of B6, just like the fish.
And last but not least, the time change period that occurs between Fall and Spring always messes me up. My body hates it! Apparently, I inherited this from my Dad, who also struggles when we mess with the clock. It doesn’t matter what I do, my body wants to fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier than normal for the entire period during the Winter when we adjust our clocks. I struggle every year.
My sister-in-law has trouble sleeping and I sent her a sample of the SleepEssence. It contains melatonin, lavender, vetiver, valerian, tangerine, and ruta essential oils. Here’s her review:
Just curious- do you swallow them or break them open and rub them on the bottoms of your feet?
“I take them like a pill. They do have a funny aftertaste due to the ingredients but I find if you are motivated to sleep, meaning get rid of distractions, it hits you 20 min. after you take them. My opinion is that these are a step below ambien but a step above over the counter stuff at the store.”
Awesome, thanks! I might quote you on that.