The best sleeping oils and room sprays for sleep and anxiety
July 31st, 2019
For many people, falling into a restful sleep can be tricky, especially if you have something on your mind or are feeling anxious. A recent survey discovered that 1 in 6 adults have experienced some sort of neurotic disorder at some point in their lives, with the most common types being anxiety and depression.
If your anxiety is affecting your sleep, there are some room sprays and essential oils which have been specially formulated to aid a restful night’s sleep and could help you drift off.
How do scents affect the body and mind?
Our sense of smell is directly connected to our brain. That’s why certain scents evoke strong memories – this could be a perfume that reminds you of Grandma’s house, or a food aroma that reminds you of that festival you attended years ago. These smells go directly to the amygdala region of the brain, which controls emotions and memory.
Essential oils and room sprays work by triggering certain sensors within the brain, to make us feel more relaxed and therefore more likely to fall asleep.
The benefits of essential oils
Essential oils have a variety of benefits, including but not limited to:
- Reducing stress
- Improving sleep quality
- Fighting depression
What oils help you sleep?
- Lavender: also known as Lavandula Angustfolia, is famous for being one of the most effective essential oils to help aid sleep. It’s also mild enough to rub directly onto the skin, so try rubbing a little bit into your wrists before bedtime.
- Roman Chamomile: this light, floral scent helps to create a peaceful atmosphere. It is especially effective at helping to calm children.
- Valerian: used since the 17th century to treat insomnia, this essential oil is still an effective way to help fall asleep faster.
- Sandalwood:while more expensive than the other oils on this list, sandalwood is great for falling and staying asleep. It is strong, however, so when you’re mixing it be sure to only use a small amount.
- Neroli:sometimes overlooked, neroli oil is extracted from the flower of a bitter orange tree. When combined with lavender or chamomile, this oil can contribute to a relaxing atmosphere, and gives off a deliciously spicy scent!
- Bergamot: this oil is derived from citrus fruit, where the peel is pressed to extract the oil. What’s unusual about this scent is that, even though it is citrus based, it still creates a relaxing atmosphere and helps balance your mood, making it a great choice for anyone struggling to sleep.
- Frankincense: this popular oil has long since been used for its relaxing properties and is known for calming an overactive brain. So, it’s perfect for those of us who overthink things at bedtime.
Other methods to help you fall asleep faster
Aside from essential oils, there are a range of other things that can help you fall asleep faster, and help to ease anxiety, including:
- ASMR: this technique has become popular on social media in recent years. It is the practice of using certain sights, sounds and textures to create total relaxation and a tingling feeling, but only works for certain people. Visit our post on how ASMR helps you fall asleep for more information.
- Changing your bedding more regularly: not changing your bedding regularly enough can cause bacteria to spread, can make your bed seem uncomfortable, and can make it harder to fall asleep.
- Managing stress: it will come as no surprise that stresses outside of the bedroom can be a major cause of sleep deprivation. There are number of ways that you can manage your stress and get a better night’s sleep.
- Eating better before bed: eating the wrong foods before bed can have a detrimental effect on sleep quality. Eating lighter foods such as vegetables in the hours leading up to bedtime will help aid a restful night’s sleep.
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