Many factors influence quality of sleep, and these are addressed in detail by our sleep publications and products. But getting in sync with nature is a good first step toward a good night’s rest. And, of course, essential oils can help.
Two natural processes interrelate to influence a healthy sleep cycle: 24-hour circadian cycle (day/night)and sleep/wake homeostasis (balance). Research suggests that the more you align sleep with your natural biological clock, the better you’ll sleep. (And don’t forget to put away all electronic screens at least an hour before bedtime.)
For 8 hours of sleep, 10 PM—6 AM is optimal. Those 2 hours of sleep before midnight are as restorative as 4 hours after midnight (when the body already begins preparing to wake up). Likewise, waking with the sun naturally activates the brain (so opening window blinds before retiring will make getting up easier).
To adopt a healthier sleep schedule, get up sooner incrementally instead of trying to force an earlier bedtime. You may be more tired initially but able to transition within a few days.
Clary sage—Aroma blends with bergamot, orange, frankincense, geranium, sandalwood.
Marjoram—Aroma blends with bergamot, lavender, frankincense, orange, geranium, ylang
Hopefully, that gets you started on better sleep. Next, see our sleep collection for more insights on addressing common sleep disorders, medical conditions that affect sleep, the role of diet and exercise, children’s sleep problems, and how to use age-appropriate essentials oils for these concerns and more!