By Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP
You may have heard people say “sleep is everything”… well, it actually is!
If you want to: live longer; have a strong, healthy body and a sharp, focused brain – and keep emotions positive and balanced – you need to recognize the importance of sleep.
How sleep strengthens your body and mind
Repairs the body. While sleeping, your body produces extra molecules that strengthen your immune system.
Keeps your heart healthy. Your cardiovascular system is constantly under pressure; sleep reduces stress levels in the body.
Controls body weight issues. Sleep can help regulate the hormones that affect and control your appetite.
Improves memory. Sleep enables your brain to better process new experiences and access stored knowledge.
Reduces occurrences of mood disorders. Lack of sleep leads to agitation. Chronic sleep loss can lead to anxiety and depression.
So, what do you do if you’re like the millions of people who have trouble getting to sleep and having a restful, restorative night? I have a few suggestions to help you overcome insomnia and improve the quality your sleep.
ONDAMED® sleep protocol
In past articles, I’ve explained how great ONDAMED is for healing and to alleviate pain. Well, it’s also wonderful for stress reduction and promoting restful sleep!
I often use ONDAMED’s special sleep protocol: the non-invasive pulsed electromagnetic frequencies stimulate natural healing responses in targeted areas (related to relaxation). In just a few 30-minute sessions, you may be on your way to dreamland.
Essential oils: which oils promote sleep and how-to tips
We talk a lot about the use of essential oils, which are good for so many things! The nine best essential oils to promote sleep are:
Valerian – Calms nervous system and helps with restlessness.
Valor – Balances nervous system; strengthens the body and mind. Also minimizes snoring.
Vetiver – Relaxes nervous system; reduces over-stimulation.
Roman Chamomile – Relaxes and calms; very good for children.
Lavender – Very calming; reduces anxious feelings.
Peace and Calming – Promotes relaxation, deep sense of peace and emotional wellbeing. Helps release negative emotions. Also wonderful for children.
Cedarwood – Relaxes/soothes; allows brain to stop processing.
Stress Away – Brings feelings of peace and tranquility; helps relieve daily stress and anxiety.
Orange – Lifts the spirit while calming the body; brings peace and happiness to the mind.
These oils may be used alone or together. You can diffuse, inhale or apply oils topically, or add one or more to a warm bath with Epsom salts. Try this sleepy time essential oil blend:
- 12 drops Orange
- 8 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Cedarwood
- 3 drops Valerian
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
Mix oils in a clean glass roller bottle. Fill with a carrier-oil (e.g., Sweet Almond, Jojoba or Coconut). Roll the blend on your neck, pulse points or bottoms of feet before bed. Or, use this sleepy time blend in your diffuser before bed (keep diffuser on during sleep).
Another great idea for using oils to promote sleep is a DIY linen spray. You will need:
- Jar with a lid
- 1 oz (2T) Witch Hazel
- 10 drops Lavender
- 3 oz (6T) water
- Small funnel
- Spray bottle
Pour Lavender in the jar. Add Witch Hazel (keeps oil from separating from water). Shake for 15-20 seconds. Add the water to the jar. Shake again. Using the funnel, pour the mixture into the spray bottle. Spray on your sheets for a restful night’s sleep.
As always, we at Chesapeake Holistic are here to address any sleep issues you may have. Call us today for more ideas to achieve restful slumber. Remember, sleep really is everything!
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, and a Certified ONDAMED® Technician and Emotion Code® Practitioner.