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Sleep is vital to our sense of well-being. The amount of sleep we require is different for everyone. But one thing is certain: we all need adequate sleep in order to perform our daily tasks and to keep our energy levels and spirits up! Sleep experts suggest that most adults require between seven and eight hours of sleep per night and that in the longer term, sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. So it is vital to ensure we get enough deep sleep (the sleep we experience in the middle of our sleep cycle) since this can dramatically improve our quality of life.

Of course we have all experienced times when lack of sleep is a result of circumstances beyond our control, such as during long haul flights, while travelling or being regularly woken by infants at night. However, stress, anxiety and depression can all lead to longer periods of poor sleep and during these times it can be helpful to use natural aids to overcome sleepless nights. Insomnia can even create a vicious cycle where we start to worry that we are not going to be able to get to sleep at night! Our new Deep Sleep diffusion blend can help to break this vicious cycle naturally by aiding the body and mind to relax, without the use of any artificial sedatives.

Using essential oils to promote relaxation is an age-old, effective and entirely natural way of calming both the mind and body. When used in a diffuser at bedtime, for example, aromatic particles are absorbed into the blood stream via the lungs through inhalation, imparting a physiological and psychological effect on the systems of the body simultaneously. Because of these factors, our Deep Sleep formulation can really provide immediate results, which makes it such a useful aid in promoting a good nights rest. Based on valarian root, renowned for its sedative effects, together with vetiver, known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ in India due to its soothing qualities together with a range of other calming oils including lavender, elemi and immortelle, I am confident that this synergy-blend will be effective! The comforting, soft-green aroma of this specially formulated blend of essential oils can also help create an environment that is conducive to sleep.

Taking a warm aromatic bath an hour before bedtime can also be a great aid in creating a sense of relaxation… children also respond amazing well to this routine. Simply add a few drops of Deep Sleep or Serenity or other calming essential oils such as lavender, clary sage or chamomile to the bath water just before getting into the bath then breathe in the aromatic vapours. Find a soothing aroma that you like and that works for you … then make this pleasurable ritual a way of winding down at the end of a busy day. Bed clothes can also be sprayed with Lavender Water immediately before retiring or a few drops of Deep Sleep can be put on a tissue placed directly under the pillow.

There are many other common sense measures that are important to keep in mind to ensure a good nights rest:

Make sure you have a mattress and pillows that suit you and that the bedroom is not stuffy or overheated. Some people are allergic to feathers, for example, which can affect sleep patterns.

The level of light in the bedroom is also a vital factor to consider: installing blackout window shades or wearing a blackout eye mask can be very helpful.

Switch off screens and phones at least an hour before you retire and avoid using devices in the bedroom. It should be a place of relaxation not stimulation … so removing all forms of artificial light will help your body prepare for the sleep cycle.

Try to create a regular routine and keep to a similar bedtime every night. Better sleep is about helping our body to become familiar with this everyday ritual.

Find a form of regular exercise that you enjoy! Practising meditation and making some basic lifestyle changes, such as following a healthy diet and ensuring you do not eat a heavy meal within three hours of retiring can help to ensure a better night’s rest. Also try to avoid stimulants like alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine throughout the day, and especially just before bed.