I have been a night shift nurse for 15 years. I also have five children who expect their Mama to be up and at ’em during the days I am not working. This requires me to get some sleep! I discovered Melatonin about 10 years ago. I started with 1 mg, then 2, then 3, then 5 and recently I was up to 10 mg a day. Even on the days I did not work!
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that your pineal gland produces. It has many benefits, including antioxidant properties, anti inflammatory effects and most important regulating your sleep wake cycle. When your body is not receiving any from outside sources, it produces its own. When you are supplementing your body with it, it begins to back off – thinking it does not need to produce it anymore. This is a TERRIBLE side effect. This can disrupt your hormones on many levels.
Is there a natural source that can just encourage your body to produce it’s own? Yes. It is called Cedarwood oil. It smells light and clean, can be applied topically and diffused at bedtime to induce a natural full nights rest. Cedarwood works synergistically with Lavender, each one helping the other and making you calm and alerting your brain it is time to produce the Melatonin. What an awesome combination!
My routine is filling my diffuser with a couple drops of cedarwood and lavender, turning it on about one hour before I lay down. Then as I am getting in bed I put a drop of lavender on each foot (allows for quick absorption) and a drop of cedarwood on the bridge of my nose (close to that pineal gland). Within 20 minutes my body feels heavy and tired – allowing me a chemical free natural night’s sleep.
This is safe for children also!