Falling Asleep With Aromatherapy

Updated on November 7, 2018
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Lorna is a qualified therapist and writer with an interest in alternative and holistic approaches to health.

When Sleep Evades You

Aromatherapy is a great, natural alternative to reaching for that bottle of sleeping pills and should be an essential part of a bedtime routine. The benefits of essential oils go far beyond their beautiful smell.

The reasons are many and varied as to why that good night’s sleep is so elusive. Hectic working lives resulting in long hours and stressful journeys all act as a permanent on-switch in our minds. Therefore, for many, being able to switch off and rein-in those racing thoughts can become impossible.

Stress is the main cause of insomnia and can lead to more serious mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. Regardless of the cause, the inability to maintain a healthy sleep pattern results in feelings of tiredness, irritability, reduced ability to cope and an overall feeling of listlessness. There are significant health benefits to sleeping well and even though scientists have yet to determine why humans need sleep they do know that humans must sleep. In fact, people can survive longer without food than without sleep.

This brings us to the function of sleep and just why it is so important to our overall mental health and well-being. While we sleep our body is going through a complete overhaul. Our muscles tissues and dead cells are repaired and necessary chemicals are replaced. Most importantly the cardiovascular system is given a break, which has the added benefit of keeping blood pressure under control. Memory and what we have learned during the day is reinforced which is beneficial both in the workplace and if studying.

Obviously, the benefits of sleeping well should never be understated, and even though aromatherapy is not a cure for insomnia, it can be a very useful aid as part of a bedtime routine in achieving that much longed for good night’s sleep. The use of essential oils to instill a sense of well-being and relaxation, which promotes sleep has been practiced for hundreds of years.

It should be noted that even though essential oils are natural they are also powerful. If you are pregnant, nursing or on any kind of medication please check with your health professional before use of these oils.

If stress or tension is keeping you awake at night, the following essential oils have the best outcome in helping you to relax and unwind. Be sure to use a good quality organic oil.

  • Lavender: This most popular of essential oils not only has a beautiful aroma but its use has the most calming effect on the mind. By adding a few drops to a diffuser before bedtime it will soothe and calm the mind leading to a beneficial nights sleep.
  • Jasmine: A veritable powerhouse when it comes to relieving symptoms of anxiety and stress, this essential oil has a mildly sedative and calming effect. Either inhaled or applied topically to the wrists or ankles before bedtime can lessen those feelings of stress or agitation, resulting in a relaxed nights’ sleep.
  • Cedarwood: The earthy scent of cedarwood conjures up images of peaceful forest walks. Used topically or in a diffuser before bedtime will prepare the most stressful mind for a good nights’ sleep.

If you suffer from insomnia and your health professional has ruled out any underlying medical causes, the use of aromatherapy as part of your bedtime routine will soothe the mind, promoting sleep and leave you feeling refreshed and able to take on the next days’ challenges.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        Hi Sharon, Glad you enjoyed the article - I live in the country and was brought up on a farm so I certainly love all the smells you mentioned. Thank you for visiting.

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        Hello Lorna, I enjoyed the your article, but do not have a problem with sleeping. I scents and the smell of rain; fresh plowed fields and cut grass, all those things make me feel good, so I can see how aromatherapy would work.

        Blessings my friend

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        Hi Denise, I use lavender or jasmine oil, however, if your husband can't turn off his mind at night I would suggest meditation. It will take practice but over time the mind will clear and he will feel much more relaxed. Hope this helps, and glad you found the article helpful.

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        Denise McGill 

        3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

        This could be very helpful. I have some Jasmine oil here and should try it soon. It's not me, but my husband with the problem. He just can't seem to turn his mind off at night. He's tried hot drinks, old movies, and even yoga at night but still has some problems. I'm not sure he'll like the smell of Jasmine but it's worth a try at this point. Thanks so much for the suggestion.



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        Lorna Lamon 

        4 months ago

        Hi Natalie, Glad you found the article useful - I am addicted to Lavender. Many thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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        Natalie Frank 

        4 months ago from Chicago, IL

        Thank you for the informative article. I use aromatherapy for relaxation and sleep intermittently. I would use it more often except it seems that within a few minutes I become acclimated to the scent (any scent) and no longer can perceive it. But it's nice while it lasts! Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

        Lorna Lamon 

        4 months ago

        Hi Melissa, Lavender has wonderful healing properties and I have used it as an aid to a more restful nights sleep for many years. I'm so glad you are enjoying the benefits of these essential oils, and thank you for sharing your experience.

      • Melissa Meadow profile image

        Melissa Meadow 

        4 months ago from United States

        I spritz my pillow, sheets and myself with a Lavender essential oil spray each night before bed to aid sleep and while I was skeptical at first, I can honestly and happily say that it's helped provide a more restful sleep for me. I love it so much I apply it to my clothes and on my wrists, etc. when I'm stressed as well. Lovely effects.

        I also use Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils in my diffuser as well. It smells divine and helps with relaxation, anytime.


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