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Will you EVER get a good nights sleep?

Will you EVER get a good nights sleep?

 

 

Around 75% of people with cancer suffer from some kind of fatigue. Some hospitals even offer ‘fatigue groups’1 such is the importance of sleep.

I am a huge fan of sleep and a big believer in ‘beauty sleep’. Research2 has found that those deprived of sleep are rated as less attractive than those who have had a good eight hours. If nothing else can motivate you to get to bed early, then this should!

 

With the 75% in mind, The Jennifer Young Training School has created a ‘Sleep Ritual Body Treatment’. Many of our touch therapy clients reported improved sleep as an after effect (or, more often than not, an immediate effect) of our massages and telling us that it was the first good sleep in years (in one case, the first full night of sleep in 24 years).

 

Sleep is important and we all wanted to do everything we could to make it a realistic prospect. If you are struggling to sleep contact us and we will give you details your nearest sleep-ritual trained therapist.  Please note, we strongly advise against driving after the therapy and suggest that you book the therapy in the early evening or late afternoon.  Please arrange to be collected from the treatment, taken home and tucked in.

 

If you don’t like the idea of a 90-minute treatment devoted to getting you to sleep restfully for the night, try the Jennifer Young Sleep Ritual Body Oil .

 

This luxurious body oil is used in the Sleep Ritual Treatment and was created with the intention of promoting restful sleep as well as nourishing dry skin.

The Jennifer Young Sleep Ritual Body Oil contains essential oils, Sandalwood, Lavender, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang. These oils have been chosen for their therapeutic benefits with regard to some of reducing the underlying causes of sleeplessness as well as their ability to induce sleep.

Many studies have shown treatment with essential oils improve sleep, reduce stress levels and anxiety.3-15

These essential oils were chosen because their therapeutic benefits are relevant to those living with or beyond cancer, some of the benefits are detailed below.

Condition

Essential Oil

Notes

 

Pain

Lavender15

Inhaling sweet aromas has been found to increase pain tolerance34

Insomnia

Lavender16,17

 

Sleeplessness

Lavender18,19,20

 

studies found that the greater the degree of agitation, the  greater the sedative effect of lavender

Nausea

Lavender21

 

Vomiting

Lavender21

 

Anxiety

Lavender22-24

Bergamot25

depression, poor memory, strengthening the nerves

clarity, calming, grounding, balancing 35

The aroma of lavender oil can alleviate anxiety23

effect on cognition and memory36

Peripheral Neuropathy

Lavender26

 

Depression

Geranium27

Lavender28

Bergamot29,30

 

Anger

Geranium31

Lavender26

 

 

Sleeping is difficult when there are so many things to worry about. Pat Duckworth, Harley Street Master NLP Practitioner and cognitive hypnotherapist, shared her sleep tips with us in Recognise Yourself – a guide to beauty and well-being for cancer patients. You can find the tips in our ‘getting to sleep’ blog.

It is worth investing in your sleep – there are so many benefits, not all of which are beauty related.2, 32,33

 


 

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