I want you to know that I write this from a place of understanding. I struggled with sleep issues for over 2 decades. To start my night off, it took me F O R E V E R to fall asleep - like 45 minutes to a hour! I'd lay there exhausted, wanting nothing more than to drift off, but sadly my wheels just kept on spinning. Once I was finally asleep it didn't last long. I typically woke up every hour (or more) throughout the night. And then there was the dreams. If by chance I could go a few hours without waking up my dreams were so vivid and so crazy that I often felt the level of energy depletion as if I'd performed whatever I was dreaming about.
Yes, I tried EVERYTHING!
|- Maintaining a bedtime routine - going to sleep and waking up at the same time.
- No fluids or devices an hour or so before I was ready to make my way to bed.
- Giving myself time to wind down.
- Melatonin and other various supplements.
- Prayer and meditation.
I know there were other methods I tried, but these are the most common and typically helpful things people can do to help them go to sleep quickly and get a quality good nights sleep. Sadly, none of the above worked for me. I developed some some great habits through my efforts, but that was about the extent of it. That is until I discovered doTERRA. I have to say doTERRA vs essential oils for 2 reasons.
1) I tried other essential oils - Lavender and Frankincense namely.
2) My quality sleep now is thanks to more than just oils!
The #1 thing that helped me FINALLY get a full nights sleep: dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack®
Now, I've talked about these before so I won't go into the whole spiel. I'll just say that these supplements have literally changed my life. Basically in the simplest way I can put it, they right all the wrongs in your body. For me it was decreasing inflammation, cleaning out my gut and clearly giving me the ability to stay asleep, amongst many, many other bonuses.
The #2 thing, helps me fall asleep QUICKLY: dōTERRA Serenity®
I put one drop of Serenity on the bottom of my big toe. This does NOT make me sleepy, but rather relaxes me and honestly, it shuts the wheels off in my head. So now instead of 45 minutes+ to fall asleep I'm out in 5 minutes - no joke!
There are a couple of additional steps I take, but have found that it's more of my routine and what I like verses it being a necessity. My #1 and #2 steps above are a necessity! My luxury steps are to diffuse nightly. My go-to night time blend is 2 drops of Lavender with 4 drops of Purify. While the Serenity oil isn't recommended for internal consumption, doTERRA offers a Serenity® Restful Complex Softgel that I love. doTERRA even recommends the pairing of them together, so you can even buy them for a discount in the
So those are my sleepy time wins, but like most things what works for one might not work for another (it's true even in our house), so I'm going to share some other popular essential oils for sleeping like a champ. Essential oils like Lavender & Bergamot are rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, compounds that have well-known relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a calming and peaceful environment. When using doTERRA essential oils, they can also be used topically and taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep. Try placing two to four drops of Lavender or Bergamot essential oil in a warm, herbal tea or about 30 minutes before going to bed.
Popular Essential Oils for Sleep & Relaxation:
- Balance® Grounding Blend
- Serenity® Calming Blend
- Roman Chamomile
If you're ready to bless your life with a restful night sleep and don't yet have someone to guide you through your essential oil journey, it would be an honor to assist. Just hit me up - I'm here to help!