I know ...you're busy. You run all day long tending to your family, working a job or running a business. You fall into bed each night exhausted.
You lay awake with your mind going ninety to nothing. You toss and turn and in the morning you feel like you worked all night in a salt mine.
I've been there. I have tried many things to help me sleep better over the years. Some things worked, some didn't.
Sleep deprivation is becoming a public health epidemic as more people struggle with not getting enough rest. Not getting enough sleep is linked to car and work accidents. Insufficient sleep leads to depression, weight gain, metabolic issues, premature aging, low-grade inflammation, mood swings and reduced quality of life.
Did you know that you can die from sleep deprivation before you starved to death? It takes about 2 weeks to die from starvation while 10 days without sleep could kill you.
There are many factors that can affect your sleep:
- 24-7 access to technology
- Work schedules
- Sleep disorders
Cortisol is the primary stress hormone. This is the fight or flight hormone that gives our bodies enough energy to survive dangerous situations. When cortisol level increases it triggers a release of amino acids from your muscles, glucose from the liver, and fatty acids into the bloodstream. this is then secreted throughout your body all-day peaking in the morning and dropping at night to help us get to sleep.
Our busy lives are so full of stress, poor diets and lack of good sleep that this "natural" timeclock is disrupted and our cortisol levels are high all day long.
High cortisol levels have been linked to:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hormonal imbalance
- Elevated cholesterol
- Elevated blood sugar
- Heart disease
- Decreased Sex Hormones
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
The good news is there are EASY steps you can take to improve your sleep. A good healthy diet, of course as well as avoiding stimulants, keeping your blood sugar stable and exercising will help support a more restful night's sleep.
Using therapeutic grade essential oils is another easy safe way to help you sleep like a baby.
Essential oils don't just smell pretty they have tons of amazing properties. Each oil has it's own set of organic compounds that make that oil unique. Many essential oils have several different chemical compounds which are why one essential oil can be good for many different things. Some contain antioxidants that create an unfriendly environment for free radicals that come from outside the body. Tobacco, smoke, toxins, pollutants that damage your body's cells and DNA by altering their chemical structure are all free radicals. ( No wonder we have trouble sleeping!)
Essential oils can provide oxygen to the cells. They support the circulatory, endocrine, digestive and nervous system. They can increase energy, help with stress, mood management, improve focus and help you relax and sleep.
It's almost as if God knew what he was doing when he created plants and trees!!
I only use Young Living essential oils. They are the biggest essential oil company in the world and the leader in the industry. Young Living is the only company with the Seed to Seal Promise. A good quality therapeutic essential oil makes all the difference. Buying a bottle of cheap oil gives you cheap oil. You will NOT get the same results.
How do you use essential oils to help you get a good night's sleep? Well, there are three ways you can use essential oils.
At night I usually diffuse essential oils and put them on my feet and wrist. Remember everyone is different. What works for me may not work for you. BUT these 5 essential oils or blends I have found to work for many people. So experiment a little and find what works for you.
If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, Look around my website, there is a ton of information here. http://marieinmontana.com/
Here we go. I am so excited to share these. It has made such a BIG difference in how I sleep.#gamechanger
Known as the swiss army knife of essential oils. It is very calming. Studies show participants who diffused Lavender oil at night ranked their sleep 20% better than the placebo group. You can use it by its self or mixed with another oil.
AHHH, relaxing, soothing Cedarwood. It helps the brain to STOP processing. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain which is the center of our emotions and memories. The limbic system is only activated by the sense of smell. This is why essential oils can be so powerful.
I am working on a webinar about essential oils and the limbic system. If you are interested in that comment below and I will keep you updated. It is fascinating!!
I use Cedarwood and Lavender together on my feet or diffuse them or both!
I have only recently started using this and it is my new favorite. I have been using it by itself with a carrier oil but you can blend it with the Lavender and Cedarwood too. Vetiver comes from the Vetiver plant in India. It can calm your nerves with its earthy smell and it helps to relax the nervous system.
Vetiver is a very thick oil so you have to warm it a little to get it to come out. I carry it in my pocket or.....
** NOTE- Just like anything else there are safety guidelines to follow with essential oils. There are some oils you have to use a carrier oil with when applying to your skin. I use a carrier oil with just about every essential oil. I like the way it feels and I feel like it absorbs better and makes the essential oil go further.
A few carrier oils you can use are:
V6 from Young Living
I always say if it's good enough for Jesus, its good enough for me :)
Frankincense has a sweet, warm balsamic aroma that helps to refocus the mind, overcome stress. It helps clear the mind to get a good night's sleep.
STRESS AWAY BLEND
Stress Away is a blend of Copaiba, Lime, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Lavender, and Ocotea. It helps to relieve daily stress and anxious feelings, promotes relaxation and restores equilibrium.
There are many more essential oils that can help you get a good night's sleep. The best way to find out what works best for you is just to experiment.
When you are ready to start experimenting with essential oils the first step is to become a wholesale member of Young Living. When you become a member there are several different starter kits to choose from. The premium starter kits give you the biggest bang for your buck at 50% off. You can read all about the starter kits HERE
Use my referral link to get started and I will send you a welcome kit to get you started right away with your oils. If you have any questions at all, please comment below or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you make sure you get all the freebies when you start your wholesale account.
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