When it comes to getting a full eight hours of sleep, it turns out that smelling the roses can do a lot more for you than counting sheep.
We already know that sleep is important for virtually every part of your life, from multitasking at work, maintaining a healthy weight to having beautiful skin. Simple dermatologist, Debra Luftman says that lack of sleep can result on a breakdown of collagen. If you are chronically sleep deprived, your skin can eventually lose its ability to bounce back from wrinkling, resulting in long-term damage.
Knowing that scary truth, it can still be a challenge to actually fall asleep. You’re tucked in bed at a reasonable hour but your mind is still moving a million miles a minute. You check your work email while still in bed, feeling tired but unable to shut your eyes.
It’s a routine we’re all familiar with but there is something very simple you can do to sleep better, like using some essential oils to help you fall asleep. We’re talking about lavender and chamomile oil and they have both been proven to help people sleep better at night.
A must-have essential oil of spas everywhere, in studies lavender oil has been shown to help people sleep better, and wake up less in the middle of the night.
Try to get cotton pillowcases when you’re using lavender oil and sprinkle a few drops at the corner of your pillow. A little goes a long way with essential oil, so start small and add more if you desire a stronger fragrance.
Another essential oil known for its powers of slumber is chamomile oil, and we’re not just talking about the tea. The essential oil of the chamomile flower has the power to stop stress and promote sound sleep. Dab a few drops of chamomile oil on your wrists and rub a few drops on your temples.
These oils can aid your quest in getting some solid shut-eye, but for best results, establishing bedtime rituals will get you to sleep better, according to Psychiatrist Dr. Josie Howard. Howard says to create a relaxing environment in your bedroom in order to help improve sleep, which can happen when you fill your bedroom with calming aromas and turn off all electronics about an hour before going to bed.