Insomnia is a condition that can affect people of all ages. Most adults will experience some form of insomnia at least once throughout their life. However, this can also be a recurrent problem that can have a detrimental effect on both physiological and physical health. People suffering from insomnia find it very hard to fall asleep, feel tired during the day and have difficulty concentrating. Waking up multiple times throughout the night is another symptom of insomnia. It’s considered as one of the most common health problem that affects about 30% of the adult population and is most prevalent in women and the elderly. Physiological and neurological conditions like anxiety, depression and stress will often trigger insomnia symptoms. It can also occur due to other sleep disorders like sleep apnoea or it may also be a side effect of certain medications. Having trouble falling asleep has also been linked to consuming certain beverages such as coffee, green tea and alcohol.
Sleep is essential for maintaining great physical health and healthy brain function, therefore lack of it can cause a number of health problems. Sleep deficiency puts you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to even more serious health problems like heart disease. Insomnia can also disrupt metabolic function and increase or decrease appetite and that’s why many people affected by it struggle to maintain a healthy weight. The physiological problems associated with this troublesome condition include lack of concentration, irritability and memory loss. Don’t the annoying symptoms of insomnia ruin your health and wellbeing any longer because there are many different things you can do to help your body fight off this sleep disorder. The first step is to create a healthy and peaceful environment where you can properly rest and unwind after a long day. The healing properties of essential oil aromatherapy blends can help you achieve this easily.
Obtained through a process of meticulous steam distillation, pure essential oils are extracted from different parts of plants including the roots, leaves, flowers, or steams. They are know for their distinctive and potent fragrance that promotes rest and relaxation. From creating a soothing, aromatic bath to enjoying a relaxing massage, these wonderful gifts of nature can be used in many different ways. One of the most effective ways to experience the healing properties of these oils is through diffusion where a few drops of the essential oil aromatherapy blends are added to an ultrasonic or electric diffuser. This is a device designed to gently warm up the aromatic oils and disperse them through the ambient air, thus infusing the living space with a wonderful scent.
There are various types of essential oils with a soothing fragrance that promote a restful sleep. The most popular aromatherapy blend for treating insomnia is made up of lavender, ylang yalng and geranium essential oils. Lavender is a potent essential oil that has calming effects on the body and is often used for relaxation. Ylang ylang is a natural antidepressant that can boost mood and reduce stress, therefore it’s great for treating stress, anxiety and depression, which as mentioned before are the main reasons for the development of chronic sleep problems like insomnia. Like ylang ylang, geranium is an essential oil that has antidepressant and sedative properties, which make it ideal for treating insomnia. It basically acts as a natural sedative that calms the body and mind and supports a healthy and restful night’s sleep.