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Lavender essential oil is a popular aromatherapy choice for sleep and relaxation. Several studies show using lavender oil for aromatherapy can improve sleep quality, even in people with insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Aromatherapy using lavender oil may also increase time spent in deep, slow-wave sleep.
“Studies examining sleep specifically also confirmed lavender’s active properties for combating insomnia. ”
Researchers at the University of Southampton in Britain observed the sleep patterns of 10 adults. For a week, half of the participants slept in a room where lavender essential oil was diffused in the air throughout the night. The rest slept in a similar room where sweet almond oil was diffused. Then the groups switched rooms. At the end of the study, volunteers ranked the quality of their sleep with 20% of them stating it was better in a lavender-scented room.
Psychologists at Wesleyan University in Connecticut had 31 men and women smell lavender essential oil one night and distilled water the next night. Researchers monitored their sleep cycles with brain scans and found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, instrumental for slowing heartbeat and relaxing muscles. Volunteers slept more soundly on the lavender night. The group also reported feeling more energetic the next morning.
- Apply a couple drops of lavender oil on the collar of your pajamas
- Diffuse the aroma of lavender essential oil with a diffuser before and during the night
- Put 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil on your children’s stuffed animals that usually cuddle at bedtime and help them fall asleep.