It’s the end of sleep month, and we’re going to leave you with a few tips to soothe your senses and help your tired self drift into sleep.
Tip #1: Listen to music or sounds that are soft and consistent.
Sounds that are even and relaxed or slowly change in volume, like the sound of rain or the ocean and the hum of traffic, can help put you to sleep. Our brains interpret them as non-threatening and can use them to block out other, more startling noises that may interrupt your sleep. Here are some to try:
Nature Sounds 🐦
Sleepy Rain 🌧️
Peaceful Slumber 🛌
Tip #2: Breathe in beautiful scents tailored for sleep.
There are a variety of essential oils that have been shown to help with sleep. Lavender is probably the most well known, and I also like ylang ylang, clary sage, and sweet marjoram. Lavender helps with irritability and restlessness; ylang ylang is said to help with frustration and fear; clary sage helps dissipate anxiety, and sweet marjoram is said to help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation.
I make a blend combining about 3 drops lavender, 4 drops ylang ylang, 5 drops clary sage and 3 drops marjoram in about 30 drops of carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba or coconut. Place a few drops of the blend on your pulse points (neck or wrist) or on a tissue resting on your chest beneath your nose. You can also put the blend in a diffusor or bath.
Adjust the recipe above depending on your own emotional state, or use any of the essential oils individually to help when you are tired.
➡️Certain health problems can also interfere with sleep. If you have a sleeping problem that persists for more than a few weeks, it’s important to address it with your healthcare provider. Always do a test patch with oils, and stop using an essential oil if you experience irritation. Don’t use clary sage if you’re pregnant.
Tip #3: Try some acupressure.
If you are feeling adventurous, use a few drops of our sleep essential oil blend on each of the sleep-inducing acupressure points as you follow our Acupressure for Sleep video.
Happy sleeping, and sweet dreams!