Updated: Oct 23, 2022
Sometimes we all experience trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. If you're not getting enough sleep, more than likely your stress and cortisol levels will increase, which is directly associated with an increase in the production of body fat and inflammation. Also, continuing to operate with a sleep deficit is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, prediabetes, diabetes, depression, stroke, and heart disease.
If you have trouble getting a good night of sleep, aromatherapy may be your answer. According to a study posted in Complimentary Therapies in Medicine, results from 30 studies to examine sleep patterns of adults, found the overall effect size of sleep quality improved for adults who used aromatherapy. Cho and Her (2020) examined aromatherapy on sleep quality in East Asia (Hedges’ g = 1.02, 95 % CI: 0.59–1.46) was larger with higher sleep quality than that in other countries. Aromatherapy was more effective in elderly people and inpatients, with a larger effect size, than in healthy individuals (Hedges’ g = 0.99, 95 % CI: 0.35–1.63). Compared with randomized control trials, in the quasi-experimental studies, the effect size of aromatherapy was 1.24 (95 % CI: 0.73–1.74) with higher sleep quality. Compared with aromatherapy via inhalation, aromatherapy used during a massage had an effect size of 1.30 (95 % CI: 0.66–1.93) with a higher sleep quality.
Based on the combined results of the meta-analysis, aromatherapy can help to improve sleep quality as well as help to reduce depression and fatigue in adults. If you want some help falling into a deeper sleep, try our new Serenity Pillow Mist. This carefully curated blend of essential oils will help you fall asleep, sleep soundly, and feel refreshed in the morning. I highly recommend using our Serenity Pillow Mist with mediation or after a warm shower or bath. This aromatherapy blend is made with lavender, Bergamot, Vetiver, and Geranium.
Her, J., & Cho, M-K. (2021). Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Adults and Elderly People: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. (2021, August). Retrieved from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229921000807?via%3Dihub