Knowing the scents that will help you sleep will save you many sleepless nights.
According to the Sleep Health Foundation, at least a third are getting broken rest every night. One in 10 manage fewer than five hours a night.
Research suggests that essential oils could be part of the solution. Whether you add a few drops to your bath or light a soothing diffuser these are the scents that will help you sleep.
5 scents that will help you sleep
You probably know lavender is commonly used for relaxation. But did you know it slows down the nervous system and decreases heart rate and blood pressure?
2. Ylang ylang
Here’s one you probably haven’t heard of. Ylang ylang (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) comes from the Cananga tree native to Asian and South Pacific rainforests. It is especially fragrant and known for its sedative effects.
This essential oil contains cedrol, which has sedative effect. This makes it useful for occasional bouts of insomnia.
Moreover, a small study showed that when placed on pillows of adults with dementia, the participants slept longer and were less likely to experience early morning awakening.
4. Clary sage
Clary sage reduces the levels of hormones associated with stress, anxiety, and alertness, such as cortisol. It can even have an antidepressant effect.
If you’ve been dealing with insomnia for any amount of time, there’s a good chance that someone has suggested you drink a cup of chamomile tea.
While that can be beneficial, you may find the oil even more effective. It calms anxiety and improves vital signs. Not only will this scent help you sleep it will help you stay asleep by reducing the occurrence of nightmares.
How to make your own pillow mist spray
Combine half a cup of water, half a teaspoon of witch hazel and four to five drops of your favourite essential oil in a spray bottle and shake it up. Gently spray the mist over your pillows before bedtime.
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