Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to encourage relaxation and sleep. Check out our top picks of sleep boosting oils, all of which can easily fit into any sleep hygiene routine.

 

Lavender

When it comes to sleep boosting essential oils, lavender tends to spring into people’s minds, it’s definitely the most popular and well known when it comes to aromatherapy.

Studies have shown inhaling lavender can cause a drop in blood pressure, heart rate and even skin temperature, all of which are key components to falling asleep.

Put a few drops of lavender in an essential oil diffuser an hour before bed for a much more restful sleep.

Don’t have an air diffuser? No problem, just pop a few droplets straight onto you pillow or invest in a pillow spray!

Lemon Balm

It can be pretty tricky to sleep during illness

Lemon can be a brilliant scent to inhale before heading to bed if you are suffering from a cold.

Not only can a hot honey and lemon drink soothe sore throats, the steam is also great for inhaling before rest to clear the sinuses for sleep and therefore reduce sleep disruption.

Valerian

Valerian root tends to be the main ingredient in most herbal sleep aids.

It can be brewed into tea, taken in tablet form or used as an oil before rest.

Just a few drops in a diffuser of a few droplets rubbed on the wrists can help to aid relaxation.

Chamomile

You’re probably familiar with chamomile tea and its calming affect, and the oil version of chamomile is no different.

Just a few drops in a diffuser, sprinkled on a pillow or rubbed into your wrists can be a great sleep aid.

There are also plenty of tea options, hand creams and even body sprays and bath oils to really encourage sleep.

sleep facts

sleep facts

10 Brilliant Sleep Facts

 

Everybody Dreams- every single night

Although many of us do not remember our dreams, everybody does dream. We all actually experience 5-7 dreams each night! We tend to be unaware of this due to the speed in which we forget our dreams, sometimes just a few seconds after waking up. Try keeping a dream journal to document your experiences.

No one in your dreams is a stranger

Although the faces in our dreams can seem strange and even alien at times, everyone who appears in our dreams is based off people we have seen in our lifetime, even if it’s just a fleeting glance.

Some characters in our dreams can be made up of an amalgamation of differing faces. Spooky stuff!

Athletes need more sleep

It all comes down to rest and recovery. Did you know that athletes need a huge amount of sleep to ensure that they recover well? Around ten hours per night!

Humans spend 25 years asleep

You’ve probably heard the saying that humans spend half of their lives asleep, and that’s not far off the truth.

The actual average is 25 years. It’s definitely dropped with the introduction of artificial light and technology, but it’s still a pretty long time to be dozing!

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes

Although it might feel like much longer, it actually takes the average person just seven minutes to drop-off into slumber. Any longer than this and you might actually be sleep deprived!

Women sleep more than men

On average, women sleep longer than men. The reason for this is that women are more prone to multitasking, meaning that their brains take longer to recover than men’s!

New parents lose 6 months worth of sleep

It might seem hard to believe, but parents with new borns actually lose a whopping six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life!

New born babies sleep- a lot

On the subject of snoozing babies, they sleep a lot. You might think that ten hours for an athlete seems plenty, but new born babies actually need 17 hours per day!

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