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Aromatherapy for Sleep

Jun 10, 2021

We have a saying here at Natural Mental Health:

"Sleep is the lynchpin of good mental health."

If you're not sleeping well, you probably already know this. When you have a bad night's sleep, your mood usually drops the next day. When you sleep well, even just one night, you usually have a better mood the next day. It's a predictable impact for nearly everyone and studies show that improving sleep boosts the chances of recovering from depression by 50% (1).

If you're having a rough time sleeping, aromatherapy can be one simple tool to try. When used correctly, it's generally safe for everyone and can often provide at least a small, but generally meaningful, improvement for sleep (2, 3, 4). Pair it with other strategies (find some at the bottom of this page) for even better results. 

Some key oils that have a more solid research base to support their use for sleep are:

  • lavender
  • ylang ylang
  • cedarwood
  • bergamot
  • chamomile

So which oil is best for sleep?

Honestly, the best oil choice for sleep and relaxation is not the same for everyone. We suggest that you pick the one that you love the smell of and that you notice a nearly immediate calming sensation with. Alternatively, you can use a blend that smells divine and works from a variety of angles. 

Key takeaway: Sleep is a non-negotiable practice that your body and mind need to be healthy. Prioritize your sleep so that you can function at your best. Give aromatherapy a try. If you don't find it helpful or want to pair it with additional strategies, see our other articles on sleep below.



10 Strategies for Better Sleep

Sleep is a foundational building block to support good mental health. Most adults need around 7-9 hours of high quality sleep each night. This article highlights 10 of our top tips to help you improve your quality of sleep and support your mental health. Read more.


 Morning Routine for Better Sleep

Your morning routine can influence your circadian rhythm and you sleep schedule! Waking up at the same time each day can help you keep a regular bedtime. Read more.


Evening Routine for Better Sleep

Learn how to set up a routine that cues your body and mind in order to prepare for restful sleep. Read more.


1. Breslau, N. et al. (1996). Sleep Disturbance and Psychiatric Disorders: A Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Young Adults. Biological Psychiatry, 39(6): 411–418. 

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