Aromatherapy & Sleep Issues
Using Essential Oils to Promote Good Sleep
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How Much Sleep Does an Adult Need?
According to webmd.com, a typical adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, although some people only need five hours and others need 10. When a person runs a “sleep deficit,” meaning they have not had enough sleep in previous nights, then they will require more sleep in subsequent nights.
Although the quantity of sleep is important, quality of sleep is also significant. According to the Better Sleep Council of Canada, six hours of uninterrupted sleep is better than eight hours of disturbed sleep. Disturbed sleep usually includes periods of wakefulness and/or periods of tossing and turning. It can also include difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking.
What Causes Sleep Problems?
There are many causes of sleep problems including:
How Essential Oils Can Help with Sleep Problems
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to help alleviate sleep problems. Some of the best essential oils to aid a good nights rest are Benzoin essential oil, Chamomile (R) essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Marjoram essential oiland Vetivert essential oil. If snoring is causing sleeplessness, try a combination of geranium and marjoram essential oil added to a cotton ball and placed inside the pillowcase. If worries, emotional problems and anxiety are causing sleep disturbance, add five drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath before you go to bed. Alternatively add one drop each of lavender, marjoram and chamomile to a footbath or an aromatherapy diffuser. Massage, with two drops of essential oil to five milliliters of vegetable oil and gently massaged into neck chest and shoulders, can relieve tension and anxiety.
For general relaxation, try the above essential oils singly or in combination to create a unique, custom blend.
Using essential oils to relax, reduce stress and alleviate snoring can help to increase the likelihood of a good night sleep.
Better Sleep Council of Canada. www.bettersleep.ca. Website viewed March 24, 2010.
Webmd.com. Sleep Disorders Health Clinic. Website viewed March 24, 2010.
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