Troubled Days Often Lead to Troubled Nights
Your ability to fall asleep (and stay asleep) is closely related to the amount of anxiety or emotional stress you are experiencing.
Perhaps you unable to go to sleep. You toss and turn in your bed, worrying about something. Your mind repeatedly returns to the troublesome subject, even though there is no solution to be found at this moment. There is no rest to be found now either! Sometimes you fall asleep just fine, but part way through the night you awaken with a disturbing fear or an anxiety. Your mind starts turning the problem over and over (oh, that busy brain). You are now completely awake with an insufficient amount of sleep.
Our bodies are designed to devote a third of our lives to sleeping. But why must we sleep? Why can’t we just sit and rest? Those are interesting questions, and scientists are still delving deep into the answers. However, most researchers have now agreed that it is it is your brain that requires sleep. Simply resting allows your muscles to relax, but your brain gets no rest.
A consultation with a health care provider is always recommended for questions or concerns about your physical conditions. For an occasional sleepless night, the calming energies of certain crystals and aromatherapy (essential oils) may help quiet the mind to allow you to sleep.
Crystal Energy for Sleeplessness
Did you know the most well-known stone for insomnia is Moonstone? Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep. Ideal for calming emotional distress, Moonstone can also help you settle your thoughts so you can get a good night’s rest.
Some additional crystal suggestions to keep on hand for those occasional sleepless nights:
- Amethyst is a very healing stone, helping to manage pain and emotional issues
- Garnet neutralizes nervous energy
- Hematite is calming
- Jade relaxes and provides a sense of well-being
- Lapis lazuli helps resolve unfinished mental business
- Lepidolite has anti-stress properties, dissolving tension
- Sodalite promotes peace and stillness, quieting the chattering busy brain
Aromatherapy for Sleeplessness
Lavender essential oil is associated with relaxation and sleeping. It is wonderful when you can’t get your mind to stop going back to a troubling thought when you try to sleep. But did you know that too much lavender is a stimulant? Be sure to place just a single drop on your pillow, a drop in a diffuser, or a half dozen drops in a bath before going to bed.
Here are some additional aromatherapy oils to try for sleeplessness. You may prefer one of these to lavender.
- Roman Chamomile
- Lemon Verbena