Kill Insomnia with Essential Oils

by Jodi Cohen

Kill Insomnia with Essential Oils

Do you lie awake at night, trying desperately to fall asleep, but unable to turn off your mind?

Perhaps suffer from insomnia, or you can fall asleep, but wake up several hours later, wide awake and unable to fall back asleep.

If you have any difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or not feeling well rested after sleep, you sleep rhythms may be out of balance and you might benefit from resetting your sleep-wake cycle, known as the circadian rhythm.

 

Healthy Circadian Rhythms Kill Insomnia

One of the key regulators of our circadian rhythms is the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland located near the center of the brain that resembles a tiny pine cone. The pineal gland is involved in several important functions of the body including:ar

  • Produces and Secretes the Hormone Melatonin
  • Modulation of the circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) and seasonal functions.
  • Regulation of Endocrine Functions
  • Conversion of Nervous System Signals into Endocrine (hormone) signals.
  • Causes Feeling of Sleepiness
  • Influences Sexual Development

 

Adrenal Dysfunction = Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction

Addressing pineal gland function is a critical factor in re-balancing the adrenal output of cortisol. Our cortisol rhythms are supposed to be highest in the morning and then wane as the day wears on.  When people are active at night and slow in the morning, the cortisol patterns are reversed.

This throws off the circadian rhythm ((learn more about our Circadian Rhythm™ oil HERE) because cortisol and melatonin have an antagonistic relationship.    Elevated cortisol levels at night actually turn off melatonin production.  Similarly, if melatonin is elevated then cortisol is depressed.  So, without melatonin going up cortisol won’t go down, making pineal rhythms an important factor in balancing the adrenals  and blood sugar.

 

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About The Author

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.

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