Imagine the feeling of waking after a good night’s sleep. You feel refreshed, energized, and positive. Now, think of a time where you woke up feeling the opposite. Throughout the day you may have had trouble concentrating, became frustrated easier, and had increased food cravings.

Does that sound familiar?

While most people recognize that sleep is crucial for maintaining good health, most of us don’t know about the more individualized effects it has on the body, whether you are getting too much or too little. Surely you have felt tired from a night of restless sleep, but were you aware that tossing and turning actually decreases your immunity? Encourages weight gain? Affects your short-term and long-term memory? Surprising, isn’t it?

Quality sleep affects:

  • The brain by increasing concentration and memory retention
  • Mood by decreasing risk and prevalence of depression
  • Disease risk by lowering chance for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
  • Immunity by strengthening immune function and decreasing risk of the common cold
  • Athletic performance by improving speed, accuracy, and reaction times
  • The body’s repair mechanism by lowering inflammation and repairing cellular damage

The benefits of a good night sleep are much more valuable than ANYTHING keeping you away from it. Put yourself first and set up a relaxing nightly routine catered to falling and staying to sleep.

I guarantee it will be life changing!

Essential oils are a very concentrated version of the natural oils found in plants, and they provide a host of health benefits. Try some of these essential oil blends either topically or in a diffuser to help you prep your body for the perfect night’s sleep!

Blend #1:
4 drops Lavender
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Patchouli
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Blend #2: 
3 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Vetiver
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Chamomile

Don’t want to mix your own?  Try one of these fantastic ready-made blends!

Sweet Dreams

Certified USDA Organic® Lavender Essential Oil
Certified USDA Organic® Chamomile Essential Oil
Certified USDA Organic® Neroli (Orange Blossom) Essential Oil
Certified USDA Organic® Mandarin Essential Oil
Certified USDA Organic® Clary Sage Essential Oil
Wildcrafted Jasmine Grand Absolute Essential Oil

Serenity

Lavender Flower
Cedarwood
Ho Wood Leaf
Ylang Ylang Flower
Marjoram Leaf
Roman Chamomile Flower
Vetiver Root
Vanilla Bean Absolute
Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood

 

 

Sources:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html#steer-clear-of-depression-0
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important#section8

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