Why Sleep Matters
According to the Australasian Sleep Association, approximately a third of the Australian adult population suffer from some form of sleep problems. Up to 35% of adult Australians do not feel refreshed when they wake up each morning. The same percentage is also reflected in Australians who say they do not enjoy an uninterrupted sleep in the night.
Sleep problems can result in physical and mental health problems like exhaustion, loss of concentration and focus, anxiety, stress and even depression.
While most people turn to medication for help, recent studies have shown that cognitive behaviour therapy or training good sleeping habits may be a better long term solution.
Good sleep habits
1. Avoid triggers of wakefulness
Nicotine, coffee, mental stimulation or physical exercise can all trigger alertness and wakefulness. So can screen time. Making a point to minimise these triggers before you sleep can help your body relax and sleep better.
2. Ensure you've got the right bedding
Your bed can make a difference to how well you sleep. This can include the mattress, pillows and bed coverings. A bad mattress, poor quality pillows, and the wrong temperature can all affect how well you sleep. Investing in a new mattress may not be an option because of the cost factor. An alternative to this is a body pillow. Body pillows are oversized pillows that hug the body snugly providing maximum support for head, shoulders, arms, and back.
3. Saving Time in the Morning to Sleep In
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4. Try essential oils
Studies have shown that essential oils can significantly reduce stress and anxiety that can become barriers to sleep. Essential oils tap into your olfactory senses and your brain. Your scent receptors send chemical signals to your limbic system which in turn influences your feelings and emotions. The pleasant aromas from essential oils can conjure correspondingly pleasant memories in your brain or they can send signals to calm and relax your mind.
Essential oils that can alleviate stress and anxiety and promote relaxation and calmness include lavender, geranium, orange, cedarwood, valerian, patchouli, ylang ylang and clary sage. Creative ways to use essential oils to sleep can include using them as room diffusers, pillow sprays, fragrant satchels or calming salvo that you can apply to your forehead, back of ears or wrists.
Essential oils are a safe and natural way to promote well-being, mindfulness and healthy living. Incorporating them into your night time routine is also a proven method to help you sleep better. The next time you are having trouble falling asleep, why not try an essential oil diffuser.