Last night did you toss and turn, eye-balling an inky, dark ceiling? According to a survey by the bed makers Dreams, 30 per cent of the UK population currently have trouble sleeping or are suffering from problems such as insomnia. Sunday nights are the most restless with respondents reporting waking an average of three times a night.
If your mind roams during the wee hours of a new week your sense of smell could provide a natural remedy. Aromatherapy is well known for its ability to tap into the brain’s limbic system (the area of the brain that controls mood and emotion) to help relieve tension, calm the mind and elevate your mood.
So, it’s time to stop yawning and reach for one of these aromatherapy-based dream balms that will have you floating off to sleep in no time.
1. This Works Sleep Balm, £12
As well as Tahitian monoi oil to hydrate and rose oil to soothe dry skin, this rich balm contains therapeutic levels of French lavender oil, which has been shown to induce calm and help treat insomnia as a result.
2. Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roller Ball, £18
Essential oils of vertivert, camomile and sandalwood help focus the mind and relieve tension. Blend onto pulse points such as the insides of wrists and just behind the ears.
3. Scentered Stress Less Therapy Balm, £14.50
This de-stressing balm sets the scene for sweeter dreams combining the uplifting effects of citrus with balancing florals (Jasmine, Rose, Mimosa and Lavandin) and a grounding Cedarwood base.
4. Rituals The Ritual of Dao Bed and Body Mist, £16.50
This Rituals pillow mist can be spritzed over your body as well linen, to leave your mind feeling calm and your skin lightly moisturised thanks to White Lotus extract and Chinese herb Yi Yi Ren.
5. Kiss the Moon After Dark Balm – Dream, £16
A dreamy blend of relaxing essential oils including lavender, bergamot, cedarwood and chamomile, this balm also contains comforting shea butter and white tea seed oil to leave your skin feeling super soft.
6. Neom Nourish, Breathe & Sleep Hand Balm, £15
Trouble sleeping? Try this clever twist on hand cream, this balm is designed to soothe and replenish your skin while you sleep, with English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine oil to help you drop off.
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