When a Bath Doesn’t Bring on Sleep

6 Aug

So, you’re stressed at the end of a day, or perhaps your muscles are sore after a workout, or from doing some other physical activity. You’re tired and want nothing more than to take a nice warm bath and go to sleep.
You draw a bath; you add some Epsom salts and lavender essential oil to further soothe and relax your poor tired body. Some lighted candles and soft music enhance the mood. You slide into the tub, and after a few minutes, you feel yourself relaxing. Muscles loosen. It’s an “everything is right with the world” moment. You feel yourself about to doze off in the tub. It’s as a sure sign that you are going to fall right asleep when you get into bed.

Ready for Sleep, but…
You snuggle into your bed ready for a peaceful night sleep; close your eyes, and WHAM. You’re wide-awake and can’t fall asleep. Your body is relaxed; muscles are feeling better. But, not matter what position you put your body into you can’t fall asleep. “What’s up with this?” You wonder.

It’s All in the Timing

You did everything right for a relaxing and sleep-inducing bath. The one thing you didn’t know, however, is that the body temperature rises after a bath, making most people more alert though muscles are relaxed. The temperature of the body needs to cool down in order for it to be prepared for sleep. It takes about an hour. So, plan your bath an hour or so before going to bed.

The tension relieving benefits will still be felt waiting an hour before going to sleep. You can help to induce sleep during that hour by sipping a cup of chamomile tea, reading a book, or listening to gentle music, or meditating.

A Word about Essential Oils in the Bath

Many people like to put essential oils directly into the bath. This isn’t a good idea because essential oils and water do not mix. You will have little globules of essential oils coming in direct contact with your skin. And depending on the oil, it can burn you.
Essential oils should be mixed with a little carrier oil, such as sunflower, safflower, olive oil, etc. then poured into the water. Essential oils do mix with carrier oils. Combing them spreads the essential oil through the carrier oil so they are not concentrated.
This way you skin is not going to come into direct contact with the essential oil. This is not a problem with essential oils, such as lavender, that can be applied neat onto the skin. However, the majority of essential cannot be applied directly to the skin.

Another way to disperse essential oils in a bath is to first mix them in Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts.

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