I go through periods when I have insufficient sleep or poor quality sleep or I just have trouble going to sleep. Its a bit of a curse because I then wake up in the morning feeling more tired than the night before. Sometimes, it could be because of things happening in the day, or work, or personal matters or just nothing whatsoever.
I try not to be too dependant on sleep aids, but when sleep does not come even after tossing and turning in bed, I turn to a tried and true solution.
I choose not to burn the oil because while that works, its just too dangerous to leave a naked flame alight while I sleep. If you have an electric burner that you can put on timer, then some lavender oil in some water will help. But I do it this way. All you need is a piece of tissue paper, and some pure lavender oil.
I read somewhere once that if you drop a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, it can help you rest and thereby sleep better. The rationale I think is because it is close to your head and nose so you breathe in the soothing scent more easily.
I didn’t want to drop it on my pillow because oil can stain the sheets. So I use a piece of tissue paper.
Just drop about 2-3 drops of pure lavender oil directly on a piece of tissue paper, place the paper near your head and it works a treat! I find the scent of lavender soothing and next to your head, it is quite strong. With this method, I find myself falling asleep more easily, being more relaxed and generally, having better quality sleep so I wake up feeling refreshed.
It must be said that I do not have a chronic sleep problem. It just comes and goes so using this method does help me get back into my sleep rhythm and once I do, I stop so I don’t get too dependant or immune to it.
This is a trick I’ve been practising for a few years and it really helps. I do buy a slightly better quality lavender oil (mine have so far come from Australia) and a bottle can last me a long time. For this purpose, I would recommend buying something that is of better quality from a proper store, not one of those RM5 bottles because I just don’t know what goes in there. Pure and good quality lavender oil, like all essential oils, do not come cheap.
If you have a light sleep problem, do give this tip a try. I hope it’ll help you as it has helped me 😉
Have you tried doing something similar to aid sleep? Do you have a simple sleep aid to share?