You brushed your teeth, changed into pajamas, crawled between the sheets, and….nothing happens. Half an hour goes by, and you’re still wide awake. Then another hour. No matter how much tossing and turning you do, no matter how hard you squeeze your eyes shut, you just can’t seem to fall into a deep sleep. What’s really going on?
What causes insomnia:
- Allergies and sinus inflammation
- Skin discomfort
- Digestion problems like acid reflux
- Pain (muscle pain, arthritis)
- Stress and anxiety
- Working late or shift work
- Taking afternoon naps
- Eating large meals late in the day
- Consuming caffeine late in the day
Finding the cause of your insomnia might prove more complicated than you had hoped. There are so many medical, emotional, and lifestyle factors that can all contribute to your sleepless nights. While you can choose to avoid afternoon naps and caffeine, many of these causes might be difficult or impossible to change. Do you quit a job with sporadic hours? How do you get rid of anxiety during a stressful season of life? What can you do if you’re battling chronic pain?
We’ve found a simple, all-natural technique that can help anyone relax and sleep better, no matter what’s causing their insomnia. It’s based on two traditional remedies that are also backed up by modern scientific research. Combining these remedies will also offer you extra benefits to your skin and mind, as well as help you get those 8 beautiful hours of shut-eye.
LAVENDER COCONUT OIL
What you need:
- 2-3 drops lavender oil
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
What to do:
- Mix the lavender essential oil and coconut oil
- Massage into temples, shoulders, and back of your neck
Why Does it Work?
Research has explored the traditional uses of lavender essential oil as a muscle relaxant, sedative, and antidepressant. In general, lavender can be used effectively to help you relax and sleep. It does this mentally by helping you de-stress and get rid of anxiety, and it helps you to relax physically by releasing tension in your muscles and promoting sleepiness. Onestudy showed that using lavender aromatherapy shortened the amount of time it took for women to fall asleep, and it also helped to treat symptoms of their depression.
Coconut oil is proven to be an effective skin hydrator, with its natural moisturizing qualities. It can alleviate any irritating dry skin that might be keeping you awake at night. Coconut oil is also traditionally used to fight the inflammation associated with arthritis and other joint pain. That’s two causes of insomnia out the window!
Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine also use coconut oil for its cooling properties. This is the same reason, coconut oil is used to fight against skin damage from the sun. Research has shown that sleeping in cooler temperatures can make people sleep up to 13% longer than a neutral or warmer temperature. Using this coconut oil rub can leave you with a cooling sensation and encourage a better, longer night’s rest.
Ultimately, this might be one of the simplest and most relaxing ways to get rid of sleepless nights. Whether you’ll be trying this oil massage on yourself, your child who can’t stay asleep, or sharing it with a friend, you’ll be happy with the results.