So here are some of my favourite oils and other methods to implement in assisting sleep!
There is a delicious blend called Lavender Peace which has a combination of beautiful oils that all assist sleep. This is a regular in the diffuser in our household. I diffuse this blend in the living room after bath time to help my little people to wind down and get sleep. I notice a HUGE difference as soon as i start diffusing, they stop nagging, stop fighting and running around and lay on the couch and are usually in ZZZ land in just a few minutes.
Cedarwood is another fav oil of mine for sleep, i rub this oil on the feet and along the toes, giving the big toe a gentle squeeze, which really calms the central nervous system and helps myself or my kids drift of easily.
Juniper berry is known as the oil of the night. It is fantastic for helping to support and unravel fear of the dark, night time and bed time in general. It is also fantastic for nightmares and night terrors! I pop a drop of this oil onto my daughters sheets, which helps to keep her calm and relaxed if she wakes in the middle of the night, instead of waking scared and screaming out to me.
Lavender + Frank in the diffuser is another regular in my household, with their calming, grounding and soothing aroma, i often leave this blend going throughout the night.
The above are my favourites, however Bergamot, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile & Spikenard are also fantastic. sleep can be quite individual you may have to try a few different combinations until you find what is right for you.
Some non oil related tips... For the kids, absolutely stop screen time at least 2hrs before bed time. Wind them down with a book. For us adults, if you are like me and do a lot of your work at night, there is a great setting on your phone called 'night shift', you can set an auto timer for the bright white light on your phone to be replaced with yellow lighting, which is far less stimulating for the brain.
Bath w 2 drops Lavender
Diffuser in the lounge room (Lav+Frank/Lavender Peace)
One drop Juniper Berry on pillow
PJ's on -diluted Frank+Cedarwood+Lavender down the spine
Book on the couch