Up to 42% of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep every night. By sleeping less than seven hours, a person puts themselves at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Fortunately, there’s one simple thing you can use to help improve your chances of getting more rest: aromatherapy.
The Aromatherapy Heating Pad: How Lavender Helps You Sleep
Lavender is known for its soft and pleasing smell. However, this essential oil can also help you relax and get better quality sleep. But how can an herb help you sleep better?
Lavender helps to improve sleep quality because it’s a natural relaxant. Lavender oil can be applied to the skin or gradually inhaled through aromatherapy, such as with an aromatherapy heating pad.
When the lavender oil comes into contact with the body, the herb helps reduce the respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. As a result, lavender is often used to reduce stress, anxiety, and improve sleep quality.
When you sleep, your body naturally slows down your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. For this reason, when you use aromatherapy prior to sleep, your body is already in a relaxed state and is therefore capable of sleeping more soundly.
DIY: How You Can Use Lavender
It’s essential that you first consult with a doctor if you consider rubbing lavender oil into the skin on a regular basis. This is because lavender has estrogenic properties, which may influence hormone levels in the body.
One of the best ways to incorporate lavender into your nightly routine is by using heating pads with aromatherapy or, specifically, a lavender scented heat wrap. With heating pads, you don’t have to worry about consulting a doctor because you’re not directly applying the oil to your skin. What’s more, your body will also be benefiting from the use of heat therapy, which has also been known to help many people with sleep.
Other ways to incorporate lavender into your nightly routine include the use of an oil diffuser, a pillow spray, or taking a bath with a few drops of lavender oil in the water. You can also place one or two drops of lavender oil onto a tissue and place it beneath your pillow at night.
Lavender is a wonderfully scented and especially relaxing essential oil. If you or a loved one has been suffering from sleeping problems unrelated to health conditions, you may benefit from using an aromatherapy heating pad. For more information on heat wraps and aromatherapy scents and effects, contact our team today.