Many elderly people seem to spend a lot of their time sleeping but unfortunately, nodding off for an afternoon nap can impact on their sleep quality overnight. In fact, the reason for their daytime catnaps is often that they are having trouble going to sleep and staying asleep at night. This is part of the normal ageing process and it seems that older people tend to spend a greater proportion of their night in the lighter stages of sleep than in the deep, REM stages.

The elderly also tend to become sleepier earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. This change in routine can be frustrating for family members who want their elderly loved one to participate in activities like parties, get-togethers and even family dinners. They find it difficult to stay awake in the evening and want nothing more than to climb into bed and close their eyes.

Do you have an elderly person in your life who is complaining of waking up too early or not being able to sleep through the night? Perhaps they'd like to try one of our essential oil sleep products. They are 100% natural and safe for all ages.

Try spritzing our Pillow Spray on their pyjamas, the tops of their sheets or their pillows. At the very least, they should find the aromas calming and pleasant. You could also gently rub some Sleep Night Oil for Pulse Points on the soles of their feet. If their skin is fragile, the skin on the soles of the feet is more robust, and there will be no risk of the oil getting in their eyes such as if it was applied to the temples or wrists. Via the feet, the benefits of the oils will still reach the brain and help to induce sleep.

Living with an elderly person can be challenging when their needs change and they require extra care. Our natural essential oils for sleep can come in very handy to improve their sleep routine, and that means benefits for the whole family.