Staying Asleep with Essential Oils

by Jodi Cohen

Woman with insomnia lying in bed with open eyes

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall back asleep?

Perhaps you just stare at the clock, often for hours, wishing or praying for a few more hours of shut eye morning.  Or maybe you get up and get some work done.

 

Staying Asleep with Essential Oils

I am all too familiar with both scenarios,  and am excited to share that Essential Oils can help you fall back asleep.

You see, nighttime waking, such as waking shortly after falling asleep or waking up throughout the night, is often related to:

  • Blood Sugar Issues
  • Liver or Gall Bladder Overload
  • Hormonal Issues

Luckily, Essential Oil blends can help support all of these challenges so you can drift restfully back to sleep and wake up alert, well rested and refreshed.

 

Essential Oils for Sleep - Woman sleeping in bedBlood Sugar Sleep Issues

Waking up in the middle of the night and feeling so wide awake that you could go clean the kitchen can suggest blood sugar issues.  If blood sugar plummets during the night, the adrenal glands release adrenaline as an emergency blood sugar raising tactic. This adrenaline surge is what wakes you up.

The pancreas then has to kick into high gear to return blood sugar levels to normal.  Supporting the pancreas in this effort with Vibrant Blue Oils Pancreas™ blend helps return the body to balance so you can fall back asleep.  I often leave the Pancreas blend on my nightstand table and find that just smelling the Pancreas™ blend can help balance the pancreas enough to allow the body to naturally fall back asleep.

 

Liver and Gall Bladder Overload 

According to Chinese Medicine, each organ has a time of the day/night where it does its thing, and waking between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. is “liver time”.  During the night, the liver is busy rebuilding the body and cleansing it of accumulated toxins.  The liver is most active between 1 – 3 AM, often peaking at 3 AM.  When you wake at this time, but are still groggy enough to fall back to sleep, it is often a signal that the Liver or Gall Bladder are overloaded and could use a little support.  Vibrant Blue Oils Liver™ and Gall Bladder™ blends applied before bed and during night waking can help you return to a restful slumber. Liver Support™ blend also helps the body detoxify from emotions like anger, frustration or resentment.

 

Hormonal Issues

Hormonal ups and downs from menstruation, pregnancy, and midlife fluctuations can impact sleep.  For example, the hormone progesterone promotes restful sleep and a drop in estrogen can leave you more vulnerable to stress. Similar to blood sugar events, hot flashes are also caused by a rush of cortisol that alerts your mind and wakes you up.

For night-time waking due to hormonal issues, consider supporting the endocrine system with Hormonal Balance™ or Hypothalamus™ blends.  The Hypothalamus sends and receives the clear messages from the body necessary to facilitate appropriate hormonal responses so supporting it can result in better sleep.  In addition, excess estrogen can make the bile from the Gall Bladder too thick and less able to efficiently detoxify excess hormones.  Gall Bladder Support, like Gall Bladder™ oil helps mobilize the toxins out of the body.

 

Other Essential Oils to Support Sleep

In addition to the oils mentioned above, Vibrant Blue Oils offers several other blends to help calm the mind and the body before bed.

Circadian Rhythms™ blend works well for people who struggle to fall asleep at night due to high stress or racing thoughts.  Restful sleep is a critical component to healing.  When the circadian rhythms flow smoothly, the body heals more easily.

Sleep™ blend contains Spikenard which is known for its relaxing qualities.  The Calm™ blend and Lavender™ are also very relaxing and work well on small children, especially when added to an healing bath before bed.

 

We hope this blog helps you restfully fall asleep and stay asleep.  Leave a comment below to let us know what works best for you!

 

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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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