Sleep: the must have wellness piece
I have a question for you. Would you like to sleep AMAZINGLY well tonight? If you’re like me, I’m thinking your answer is a YES. I’d love to share a little bit about healthy sleep hygiene with you. I have some great tips for troubleshooting your routine + some of my favorite YL tools that have been fantastic when I’ve used them. One body system that I have found incredibly important to understand is the Endocrine System.
I’m excited to share this because I really do want you to have amazing sleep. It’s too important to skimp on! Did you know that without good sleep, we can have all sorts of issues pop up with our health? Things like daily stress, illness, and physical health issues can all affect our quality of sleep. Diet and environmental toxicity play a huge role too!
If you’re in a season of caregiving for a child or loved one that causes your sleep to be interrupted, you’ve got even more reason to double down on your quality sleep efforts in my book! It’s not selfish to sleep … it’s healthy for you & those around you.
Lack of consistent quality sleep can cause exhaustion, moodiness, weight gain, and anxiety and can negatively impact our ability to focus. But most of all, if we don't sleep, our immune system suffers.
So here’s the good news—there is much you can do to turn the ship around if you’re suffering from poor quality sleep. The easiest thing we can do is to set a healthy wind-down routine.
Just like children need an evening routine before bedtime, adults benefit from it too! I’m not talking about having someone sing you a lullaby or read a fairytale to you though—ha!
What does your evening routine look like?
I’d love to share a little about why to diffuse essential oils at night.
When we sleep, the brain goes through a reset as it stores memories and information from the day. It allows the cells a chance to restore at this time. Restoring, repairing & reprogramming cells is actually one of the *best* and the most amazing qualities of Young Living essential oils. Fragrance oils don’t do this, but YL oils do!
Diffusing essential oils (especially tree oils like NLBS, Frankincense, Cedarwood or Pine) is one of the best ways we can help our brain. Essential oils with sedative, calming, or grounding properties are amazing for sleep! Can't diffuse at night for whatever reason? Put oils right on your brain stem (on the back of your neck, in the soft spot at the top of your spine) or on the bottom of your feet.
Do you have a favorite nighttime essential oil?
Adjusting your lifestyle is simple, costs you nothing, and doesn’t require any products to use or to purchase. This is my kind of thing! It’s not always “easy” to get into a new habit. But if you’re familiar with poor sleep, then I know you know when it’s worth it to make a change!
I know I already mentioned some ideas for creating an evening routine for yourself. But to just expand lightly, I’d encourage you to consider these things to help improve your sleep quality.
Limiting dietary triggers & increasing protein
Increasing sun exposure
Staying physically active during the day
Limiting or omitting screen time (blue light) time one hour before bed
Which of these sounds like something you may benefit from?
It's always best to allow the body to form natural rhythms. And whenever possible, I try to get my vitamins and minerals from food. But when I can't, these are some things from my Young Living stash that I reach towards that I want you to know about.
- SleepEssence: essential oils + melatonin in a tiny capsule to help you fall asleep
- Cortistop: regulates cortisol & helps the mind calm down for highly stressed individuals
- Unwind: an ingestible magnesium powder pixie stick for kids + adults
- Essential Oils: Lavender, Valor, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, Tranquil … enjoy those sedative properties
- Golden Turmeric: a soothing powder to mix in water/nut milk to allow the body to relax, restore, and recover
- ImmuPro: a mushroom tablet for oxidative stress and immunity that has added melatonin
I don't start with all of these. I just start with one and then add one or two to my subscription box each month. Then just use them as needed. (And I always snag them when YL offers them for free as a promo!)
Which would be the first one from this list that you’d choose to try?
There is a root cause for low quality sleep, and I commend you for taking care of yourself by trying some things to get your consistent quality sleep back.
Thanks for letting me share this info with you. Wishing you amazing sleep from here on!