Deep, relaxing sleep is so necessary and a lot of us just don’t get enough of it. Whether it’s working around the clock, issues with anxiety, sugar overdoses, living in a noisy apartment, or just general insomnia that won’t let you really get into that tranquil, deep sleep – you’re not alone…
30 – 35% of Americans experience some isolated issues with insomnia and 10% of Americans have chronic problems with sleeping disorders. As someone who has experienced insomnia, I can say that it is not fun.
For me, work and money issues are always a huge factor. I find myself laying awake or only half asleep thinking about projects, deadlines, and bills that need to be paid in circles until I get some rest but I wake up knowing that I didn’t get enough deep sleep. Sometimes, it just made more sense to stay awake all night and work on projects I didn’t have time to do in the day. Bad idea…
As we grow older, it becomes more and more important to get a good amount of stage 3 non-REM sleep and a reasonable dose of REM sleep!
Ways to Sleep Better
While there are pills and OTC drugs that can help with sleeping, they can be dangerous to your health. OTC sleep medications are very often taken with way too much frequency and can lead to increased liver toxicity (most contain the acetaminophen and diphenhydramine which are highly toxic to your liver), headaches, constipation, and prostate problems in men.
Some things that come to mind for me right away are:
- Don’t watch TV, look at your smartphone, or use the computer within 30 minutes of going to bed
- When going to bed, breathe deeply and slowly and really try to de-stress and relax
- Try doing some stretches, yoga asanas, or better yet, a short 15 min. meditation before getting in bed
- Use an app called “White Noise Free” to generate soothing sounds (I know, I said no smartphone before bed but this is worth it!)
Aside from these simple tips, there are so many natural ingredients that are relaxing and have been used throughout history to enhance sleep. Lavender Oil is one of my favorites in this category.
Not only does it naturally improve your overall mood (hello good dreams!) and relax you, it is full of antioxidants, heals cuts and burns with its antimicrobial properties, and cures headaches!
A study showed that using lavender oil topically near the temples improved the quality of college students’ sleep by 60% (factors included length, time until asleep, and minimized insomnia symptoms). This stuff is one of nature’s many miracles, is inexpensive, and can be used multiple ways.
Lavender Oil-based Pillow Sprays and Mists
There are some great ready-made mixtures of essential oils in mist bottles that will help you get to sleep much easier. Using the power of Lavender Oil, Aura Casia’s “Pillow Potion” gently encourages a peaceful night’s rest.
This is a brand that I’ve been trusting and using for a while. Aura Cacia sells extremely high-quality essential oils for use in cleaning products, aromatherapy, body care solutions, massage oils, and more.
This pillow spray has a great list of ingredients that I was fond of, even before I bought and used it. Water, lavender oil, sweet orange oil, hops oil, patchouli oil, yarrow oil, and chamomile oil already sounded perfect for getting a good night’s rest! Plus, that’s about as natural as it can get.
We recently moved into a new apartment right by a busy freeway and were having a horrible time trying to get to sleep! Sometimes, the sound of the cars and trucks passing was so violent that it would wake us up and make it very difficult to go back to sleep. We haven’t had a problem since starting to use a pillow spray (this one or our homemade mix) to relax us back into slumber.
After using this product for a few months, we started thinking, “Why don’t we try making our own version of this with scents that we love?”. There are so many essential oils and naturally relaxing herbs available, why not experiment?
Make Your Own Pillow Spray
I’ll be honest. I love buying from and supporting awesome companies like Aura Cacia but there’s something that’s really fun about experimenting with natural ingredients to make your own solutions.
You can customize the smell, feel, and continue to improve something unique and useful that you make yourself. Once you have a quiver of great base products to build with, it’s so easy to get creative!
This is a DIY, all-natural pillow spray with relaxing, easy to find ingredients that will have you snoozing in no time. For this all you need is:
Now it’s time to have some fun…
Pour 20 drops of Lavender Oil, 10 drops of Chamomile Oil, 10 drops of Sweet Orange Oil and 5 drops of Vetiver oil into your mist bottle with your small funnel. Then, fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
When I’m lying in bed and can’t turn my brain off (aka can’t sleep!), I just spray this on my pillow about 15 minutes before I plan on going to bed (or going back to bed). The 15 minutes is just to let any excess water dry but it’s not totally necessary.
If you need to make it even more intense – just rub some of the pure Lavender oil on your temples (both sides of your head at eye level) and inhale very deeply and slowly.
Obviously, if you want it a little stronger, feel free to pour more of your favorite oil. It’s great to experiment with small amounts until your recipe is perfect for you and your tastes.
Fall in Love with Your Pillow Spray!
I really love using my homemade pillow spray and it’s helped me through some tough times recently. I don’t know what I would’ve done without it.
It’s also cool to note that this recipe works great for adults and also helps kids get to sleep much easier.
If you’ve ever had issues with insomnia, you know that anything that will get you to sleep feels like a miracle.
This wonderful product and this DIY recipe are both great ways to ensure some stress-free relaxation when heading to bed after a long day and are made from all-natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals or weird synthetic fragrances.
Some people do have allergies to certain essential oils, so I recommend to do a quick test with your pillow spray, just to make sure you don’t have any kind of negative reaction.
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