Hard work, stress, problems in family life affect the nervous system, and, first of all, affect the quality of sleep. A sound, healthy sleep lasting 7–8 hours a day is the key to a good mood for the whole next day. A night spent in painful thoughts and futile attempts to fall asleep cannot pass without a trace for the body. And if insomnia is a chronic problem that torments a person every day, then his life becomes dull and sad.
In the fight against insomnia, all means are good, and everyone chooses for himself what suits him best. Of course, to diagnose diseases of the nervous system, as a possible cause for sleep disturbance, it is better to visit a neurologist. He will find out if there are any specific diseases that prevent a person from getting enough sleep, and will give recommendations for treatment. If insomnia occurs due to overstrain of the nervous system and increased emotionality, then the doctor prescribes various sedatives or sleeping pills. For those people who are not inclined to take medicines in cases where they are not necessary for life, but at the same time suffer from insomnia, aromatherapy comes to the rescue.
Rules for the use of essential oils
The use of essential oils for sleep disorders is a rather ancient method of alternative therapy. However, aromatherapy is a real science, and essential oils are complex substances in their structure, so there are certain rules for their use.
- Each person individually perceives the aromas of essential oils, so there are no clear fixed combinations that suit absolutely everyone. Anyone can find the perfect combination for themselves experimentally.
If the combination of oils is unpleasant for you, you should not endure it just because you read this recipe on the Internet or heard good reviews about it.
Do not experiment with new essential oils at night. There is a possibility that instead of sound sleep it will not be at all.
Do not combine more than 5 essential oils at the same time. The optimal amount of essential oils in one mixture is 3–4.
If you experience any discomfort or signs of allergy: skin rash, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge, immediately stop aromatherapy, take an antiallergic agent and ventilate the room well.
Essential oils are contraindicated for children under 3 years old, pregnant women, people with severe diseases of the nervous system (epilepsy, neoplasms of the brain) or mental illnesses suffering from diseases of the respiratory system (chronic bronchitis or bronchial asthma).
How can aromatherapy be done?
There are many ways to use essential oils for insomnia. Everyone can choose for themselves the one that will best help him relax and fall into a deep sleep.
- The use of aromatherapy.
It can be purchased at specialty stores or pharmacies. Thanks to the slow evaporation of the oils, the room will be filled with a fragrant aroma, which will create a feeling of comfort, coziness and give a feeling of complete security and tranquility.
- Application of essential oils on various materials.
If you do not have an aroma lamp or you are not sure that you are ready to spend money on it, you can apply a mixture of oils on a napkin or a piece of cloth and put it near the bed. The most ideal option is to place them on a battery, then their evaporation rate will be greater.
- Aroma medallions.
These are special bottles into which you can drop a few drops of one or a mixture of essential oils and hang them next to the bed, or wear them around your neck, inhaling their magical aroma.
- Bath with aromatic oils.
This is one of the most pleasant ways of aromatherapy and is great for people who have the opportunity to relax in the bath in the evening. For this oil, you can drip directly into the water, or dilute them in the base cosmetic oil (olive, peach, jojoba) and add this mixture to the bathroom. In this case, the effect will be double, both for the skin and for calming the nervous system.
- Massage with aroma oils.
The main principle of essential oils: in no case should they be applied directly to the skin, as this is fraught with burns. These are highly concentrated substances, so they are not suitable for direct use. It is best to take one or more cosmetic oils (peach, grape seed, jojoba, almond, etc.) and enrich them with a combination of essential oils. After preparation, you can begin to massage using this mixture. You can do massage yourself, involve someone from your family (optimally, if it is a spouse) or a specialist in this process.
What essential oils are good for insomnia
Sleep disorders are different, and for each case, certain essential oils are more effective.
- In order to relax after a long and hard working day and calm the nervous system, essential oils of vanilla, juniper, ylang-ylang, clary sage are suitable.
If there are problems with falling asleep, and during the night the sleep is deep and long, then you can try using citrus aroma oils (tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit), myrrh, cedar, cypress.
If there are no problems falling asleep, but during the night you wake up repeatedly and cannot fall asleep, then the essential oils of frankincense, lavender, chamomile, and neroli would be an ideal solution.
The most successful essential oil combinations for sleep disorders
The following blends of essential oils can be used for insomnia:
- 3 drops chamomile, 2 drops lavender;
4 drops chamomile, 3 drops patchouli, 2 drops geranium;
3 drops juniper, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops myrrh;
3 drops of bergamot, 2 drops of sandalwood, 3 drops of cedar;
3 drops of valerian, 2 drops of roda, 1 drop of lemon balm.
However, we repeat: essential oils are not medicines, and there are no ideal recommendations that are suitable for any person and will act unambiguously. Aromatherapy is a delicate process, its effect is very subjective. The same essential oils can bring pleasure, and can only cause discomfort.
If insomnia torments for a long time, it can be one of the symptoms of a serious illness, for the treatment of which a doctor and medicines are needed. Be sure to consult a specialist.