I recently was diagnosed with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and just got my CPAP machine. The first thing I thought was "Oh No! Can I use my diffuser and sleepy time oils if I am using a CPAP machine for Sleep Apnea???" My sleep study showed that I stop breathing every TWO minutes and wake up 22 times an hour without knowing it, so the CPAP machine is extremely necessary.
I've been diffusing various combinations of essential oils for rest and relaxation over the past year and love it. But, with a CPAP mask covering my face at night, I was wondering if it was still worth it to diffuse my night time oils - the short answer is yes. The CPAP machine pulls air from the room and both are placed by my bedside so it shouldn't be a problem. I can also diffuse oils prior to going to sleep with the CPAP mask on too.
Given my sleep issues and that I was flying from the east coast to west coast and adjusting to the time change, I figured that I would bump up my sleep roller game and had great success using my Mega Sleep Roller. I applied it to my temples, behind my ears, back of the neck, and on my feet.
I've been on vacation in Seattle and wanted to give the low down on what essential oils and rollers that I brought with me for the journey. I didn't have to worry too much about sunscreen and sunburn remedies since we were doing anything involving too much time out in the sun.
Since I live on the east coast and there is a three hour time difference (and I suffer from insomnia) packing sleep related oils is crucial. I made a mega sleep roller, which helped relax me during the 6 hour flight and helped keep my sleep schedule mostly normal all things considered. I also brought most of my sleep and relaxtion oils to diffuse at night. I brought the Orb USB diffuser since it is smaller than the Dewdrop diffuser.
I packed the following oils and DIY products:
My daily essential oil routines sometimes change, but I thought that I would go over how I use them on a daily basis.
In the morning, I apply my moisturizer and then do my makeup and get ready for work.
Once I get to work, I use various combinations of essential oils in my diffuser.
I wear different scents mixed with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. My emotional state has been in flux most centered on grief and sadness and some feelings of anxiety. These particular oils provide an uplifting aroma and help get me through the work day.
I have a couple other rollers I keep in my purse for emergency use in case I feel some head tension coming on or need an energy and focus boost to get over and through the late afternoon wall.
I tend to take baths and showers in the evening because I find them relaxing. I use my own DIY foaming body wash, sugar scrubs, and relaxing bath oils. Occasionally, I will switch out my sugar scrub for clay masks or Himalayan Salt Scrubs. I also use my own homemade bath bombs, which reminds me that I need to make another batch soon.
My night time routine is pretty intense. After I take a bath or shower, I apply moisturizer and an under eye serum for dark circles on my face. I also use a belly firming cream on my abdomen and stretch mark cream on my hips, lower abdomen, and thighs.
I am currently on a sleep restriction regime to help with insomnia and find myself puttering around my office/studio doing things until midnight so I usually have my diffuser going with various combinations and have been digging a mixture of mint oils with citrus ones.
Once I am ready for sleep, I diffuse oils that help to promote relaxation and sleep. I use a Sleepy foot rub. Then its lights out for me
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