Natural Ways to Help You Get to Sleep

Hands down, the issue that I hear about the most from my clients is sleep.

In the U.S., one out of every five adults is sleep deprived. And approximately 10% of those suffer from chronic insomnia.

Why is sleep sometimes a struggle?

Struggling to sleep is a problem that can affect many people. Our modern lifestyles and hectic pace of life often keep us wound up even when we try to relax.

To boot, people will often resort to things that actually keep us awake longer. Staying up late watching the latest soap opera, staring at our phones until 2am, stressing about work or our kids, and so many others. None of these are helpful in getting us the rest we need.

Why is Sleep Important for Your Health?

Without enough sleep, your body has a hard time functioning properly. And we’re not just talking about staying awake during that meeting, it becomes harder to do the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Feel motivated
  • Drive safely
  • Maintain energy
  • Stay focused

In addition, if you’re relying on unhealthy options to get eight hours of shut-eye, there is no guarantee that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed.

Natural Sleep Solutions

My preferred way to fall asleep naturally is by using essential oils. Here are my recommended essential oils for sleep that you can diffuse at bedtime or simply add a few drops to your reflex points and bottoms of feet:


My absolute favorite essential oil, Frankincense has so many health benefits. One is its ability to promote feelings of relaxation. Add a few drops to your nightly bath or in a diffuser as you sleep. Frankincense supports cellular health and we know we are only as healthy as our cells.  As my grandmother would say, “if it’s good enough for Jesus…”

Roman Chamomile

Just like chamomile tea, Roman Chamomile has relaxing properties. A 2006 study showed that Roman Chamomile essential oil caused drowsiness and calmness. Want keep negative emotions away? Roman Chamomile helps with that as well.


One of the more popular oils for sleep, lavender has been used since ancient times. Furthermore, it’s known for health benefits, such as: reducing anxious feelings, promoting healthy skin, alleviating occasional head tension, and improving sleep.


Anytime you have anxious feelings, Bergamot is the oil to grab. It’s a unique citrus oil that will calm your mind and lift your spirits. It’s also the recommended oil for when you’re feeling stressed or sad. And since feelings of anxiety, stress or sadness can all affect sleep, Bergamot is a great oil to keep in your nightstand.


Cedarwood is a great oil if you’re looking to relax the body and mind. Hence the reason it’s often used in massage therapy. Its warm and woody scent is perfect to create a relaxing environment as your drift off to sleep.

Serenity Restful Complex

doTERRA’s essential oils and Serenity™ softgels are natural and safe. Serenity™ Restful Complex contains lavender and L-Theanine “along with lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to gently promote relaxation and sleep”. All of these ingredients create a calming affect on the central nervous system. Check out all of the studies done to show how effective lavender and L-Theanine are for relaxation and sleep.

Click here to get your sleep support bundle that includes these essential oils.

What are your tips for a better night’s sleep? Comment below!

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t.

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