The bedtime battle for parents of young children can be challenging. Getting the young ones to sleep and sleep through the night can be tricky for parents. There are many things that contribute to irregular sleep patterns for children. However, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy can help.
Essential Oils Win the Bedtime Battle
Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Vetiver, and Bergamot all have calming and relaxing properties. doTERRA Balance and Serenity are two essential oil blends that also are known for their calming and relaxing properties. Diffusing any one of these essential oils about an hour before bedtime will help calm children and promote restful sleep.
Just as people have different personalities, essential oils affect everyone differently. You may find lavender calms one child and Vetiver doesn’t. However, a second child may respond to Vetiver and not lavender. It may take several tries to find the one that works best for each of child’s bedtime routines. Don’t be surprised if each child responds differently to an oil.
If two children who sleep in the same room respond to different oils, a simple way to promote a restful night’s sleep for each is to mix a personal “bedtime spray.” Fill a small spray bottle with water and add four drops of the child’s favorite oil. Shake the bottle and lightly spray the child’s pillowcase and sheets with their personal “bedtime spray.”
Another way to incorporate essential oil into the bed linens is when doing the laundry. After washing place a few drops of essential oil on a pair of wool dryer balls when you toss the linens in the dryer.
Importance of Winning the Bedtime Battle
A good night’s rest helps with clarity, energy, and overall physical well-being because sleep is when the body rejuvenates itself. Restlessness, night terrors, or nightmares can lead to tired, irritable kids; not to mention exhausted parents.
A study by Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley found a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases. In an interview with the Guardian, Walker warns that there is a “powerful” link between a lack of sleep and cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other conditions. “No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation,” he says.
This research shows why essential oils should be a part of everyone’s regular bedtime routine. Whether in a diffuser, a spray or dryer balls, the subtle aroma of essential oils can help settle the most rambunctious child and help calm exhausted parents.