Lavender Deepens Sleep

By lowering serum cortisol levels, stress and anxiety

lavender deepens sleep

lavender deepens sleep

Research indicates lavender lowers serum cortisol levels for less stress and anxiety and increased relaxation.

Lavender leads to more slow-wave (deep) sleep that aids in mental performance, memory retention and restoring energy.


Lavender, fragrant, antiseptic and pure—the fragrant northern African and Mediterranean native was originally thought of as an herb for skin and hair as a cleanser and clarifier.

An analysis of the plant’s Latin name shows it hails from lavare “to wash.”

The essential oil has calming, anti-anxiety properties that are being utilized to bring drug-free relief to a sleep-deprived or restless and suffering anxiety, insomnia or depression.

It is not surprise almost 1/3 of American adults are not getting enough sleep and the quality of the sleep they do get is poor. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30% or 40.6 million of adults are sleeping 6 or fewer hours a day; night shift workers, particularly those in transportation, warehouse and health care industries, are at the most risk of not getting enough sleep.

Lavender aromatherapy could be a restless night antidote.

LAVENDER DREAMS

A study with 158 postpartum mothers assigned them to lavender fragrance or sham before sleeping. Before the intervention, there were no significant differences between mothers in two groups. After 8 weeks follow up, a significant improvement appeared in mothers’ sleep quality in the lavender group. Aromatherapy increased sleep quality mean score, which “indicated that aromatherapy was effective in the improvement of mothers’ sleep quality. Considering the effects of aromatherapy on the improvement of mother’s sleep quality during postpartum period, aromatherapy has been suggested as a non-pharmacological method for the improvement of the maternal health.”

SLEEP AID

Splintek, Inc., based in Kansas City, Missouri, has been designing health and comfort products since 1996 including their line of SleepRight aids.

“We addressed the issue of sleep deprivation by creating an intra-nasal breathe aid with lavender crystals to help with relaxation and improve deep sleep,” explained Thomas Brown, CEO of Splintek.

The SleepRight Lavender Sleep Inhaler uses the same technology established on the company’s SleepRight Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid and Vapor Inhaler, which was shown to open the nose 58% to increase airflow. The lavender sleep aid also delivers a sustained-release, relaxing essential oil scent.

Sleep Inhaler is reusable for up to 10 days/nights of continuous comfort. The lavender crystals are drug-free, allowing the Sleep Inhaler to be used in conjunction with medications.

PULL QUOTE

The essential oil of lavender may be used for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. In addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used as a pain reliever from headaches, sprains, toothaches and sores.

For more information call 888.792.0865 or visit www.sleepright.com

Mahnaz Keshavarz Afshar, Zahra Behboodi Moghadam, Ziba Taghizadeh, Reza Bekhradi, Ali Montazeri, and Pouran Mokhtari Lavender Fragrance Essential Oil and the Quality of Sleep in Postpartum Women Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2015 Apr; 17(4): e25880. Published online 2015 Apr 25. doi: 10.5812/ircmj.17(4)2015.25880 PMCID: PMC4443384
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