As a woman, you are at a chromosomal disadvantage when it comes to sleep, even if you do not have young children who motivate you to get out of bed at all hours of the night. The National Sleep Foundation performed a study in 2005 that showed women are more likely than men to sleep poorly and receive less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
The good news is that you have many treatment options when it comes to natural sleep remedies for women. If you have not already, I invite you to add aromatherapy to your nightly ritual.
Also known as essential oil therapy, aromatherapy influences your brain through your olfactory system, or your sense of smell. This natural and non-invasive remedy uses the controlled practice of expelling aromatic essences extracted from plants into the air to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, and is an excellent at-home remedy to balance your mind, spirit, and body. Benefits of aromatherapy for women’s health include relaxation, decreased stress and anxiety, and greater energy.
The term “aromatherapy” was coined in 1937 by French perfumer and chemist Rene-Maurice Gatefosse to distinguish the medicinal properties of essential oils from the use of their fragrance as perfume. The holistic medicinal properties of aromatherapy include its ability to help your body regulate natural functions and heal.
Another benefit of aromatherapy is that you don’t need to visit a spa for treatment. Practicing aromatherapy at home is as simple as acquiring a diffuser and collecting the essential oils you love. If you don’t already have a diffuser on hand, I would be happy to recommend a Nutridyn model, along with the excellent essential oils offered by the brand. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your diffuser and enjoy a period of relaxation and tranquility before bed. You can pair aromatherapy with another nightly ritual, such as taking a bath or reading, as well as keep your diffuser running through the course of the night while you sleep.
Some essential oils are specifically intended to promote better sleep. The best essential oils for aromatherapy and restful sleep are those that offer warm, heavy, and sweet fragrances. These include frankincense, ylang ylang, and sandalwood. Lavender is also an excellent option because its relaxation properties can calm your body and relieve stress.
To discover your optimal sleeptime ritual, you can try combining aromatherapy with other holistic strategies for sleep such as yoga, meditation, and journaling.
Please feel free to give me a call at 303.503.5969 so that we can set up an appointment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet you and discuss how you can successfully integrate aromatherapy into your nighttime ritual and which sleep blends are ideal for your preferences.