We use a lot of essential oils for all kinds of things before we reach for a oral medication. One thing I use them for is sleeping. Without the help of a sleep aid I have a very hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, and falling back asleep when I wake up at night. I use to take Benadryl or Nyquil almost every night so that I would at least have a shot a falling asleep in a reasonable amount of time. Now I use Tranquil, an essential oil blend from Young Living Oils, and I don't usually have any trouble falling asleep. (I don't sell Young Living Oils I buy them from someone else so I am not trying to get any sales here) I also put Lavender oil on a tissue or cotton facial pad and put it on my bedside table, sort of as an insurance policy for the other oil which I use on my forehead and wrists. Lavender is an oil that promotes relaxing. During the course of doing this for several weeks I noticed that I had much more vivid dreams. Things like seeing the names of books that were on bookshelves when that wouldn't have anything to do with what the dream was actually about.
When Spark sleeps he likes to have what he calls "that vivid dream stuff" on a cotton pad and he puts it by his pillow. This morning he gets up irritated saying that he had foggy dreams and he can't find his vivid dream cotton ball! He was certain that one of us, during the night, crept into where he was sleeping and stole it. I am sure it is in or under his bed somewhere but I will be sure that he has a new one tonight.