Do you find yourself having trouble falling asleep at night? Or, do you snap at the children even though your intention is to remain calm? Are you irritable, sometimes for no reason?
One thing to check is how much caffeine you ingest each day. Many of us start the day with a cup of coffee, and studies show that coffee (in moderation) can actually be beneficial. Researchers at UCLA identified that drinking coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3012180/ retrieved 4/8/2018) especially I women. Additionally, coffee and caffeine intake has been linked to a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s Disease (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/192731 retrieved 48/2018).
But many of us also add a second, third, or fourth cup to our mornings. Or, we drink a caffeinated soft drink when we hit the 3pm afternoon slump. This additional intake can lead to irritability and sleeplessness.
How much caffeine do you ingest each day? The average cup of coffee has approximately 95 milligrams of caffeine. Despite its stronger flavor, espresso actually has less caffeine, at 64 milligrams per shot. That cola that you drink in the afternoon probably has about 40 milligrams of caffeine. Add it all up, and you may discover why you snap at the kids and have trouble falling asleep at night!
Aromatherapy can help.
If you reach for caffeine because of lack of energy, try diffusing lemon, orange, or eucalyptus oil in the morning and early afternoon. All of these are known to increase energy and help us handle stress.
Peppermint and Spearmint oil can also help with energy levels! Try mixing 3-4 drops of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil (try almond oil!). Rub on the back of your neck and your temples.
You can also use aromatherapy to help unwind at night. Lavender oil is a popular solution for folks who tend to take their work home with them. Inhale directly for immediate calming effect. Diffuse it in the bedroom for a sound night’s sleep!
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is also great for stress and anxiety. Try a blend of 4 drops cinnamon leaf oil and 6 drops orange oil in 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil (coconut is another great option). Massage gently on the back of your neck and your temples, and let these oils help you release the stress of the day!
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