I can remember a time not so long ago, when all my kids ages were in the single digits and I was nursing a newborn. There were late night nursings, and middle of the night nursings, and crack of dawn nursings. Those days were such a happy, busy time. And tiring. Oh, so tiring.
I'll never forget the time I was reading aloud to the kids, and I dozed off in the middle of a sentence. True story.
In those days, I could fall asleep any time, any where. I dreamt of uninhibited naps.
And I never thought this day would come, but, it seems like the older I get and the more kids I have who are older and going different directions, the harder it is for me to get to sleep.
I mean, I get to bed, and there is no one needing me to nurse them or wipe them or change them, and there I lie, tired as can be, with my eyes wide open thinking all the thoughts that won't stop running through my head.
And I hate to admit this, but I have developed the habit of taking Benadryl at bedtime, not for allergies, but for the sleep inducing effect it has on me.
I haven't liked depending on drugs to fall asleep at all, and I resist using them if I can help it, but when it is 2 a.m. and I'm lying there wide awake, I occasionally cave!
That's why I'm so excited about the discovery I have made with my essential oils!
I had read about how certain oils can aid sleep, and I was anxious to give them a try. Of course, I was skeptical about how well they would work, and I was half expecting to have to fall back on the Benadryl.
To my surprise though, the oils have worked! I use them right before turning in for the night, and I rest without waking the whole night! This is huge for me! No more drugs to help me sleep!
Here's how I use essential oils as a sleep aid:
1. Use the Stress Away roll-on on the back of my neck and on my shoulders.
2. Rub 1-2 drops each of Peace and Calming and lavender on the bottoms of my feet.
3. Put 4-5 drops of lavender in the diffuser on my bedside table.
I was actually shocked the first night I did this, because I didn't even know when the diffuser automatically shut off. I had fallen asleep and stayed asleep until morning!
Now, I follow this routine each night, and I get a full night of restful sleep!
What about you? Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night?
- All of the above oils come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Find out how you can get it here.
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- This is why I only use Young Living essential oils.