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Learn How Your Nose May Be The Key To Getting Better Shut-Eye!
Certain scents can help you sleep more soundly each night, so we gathered the best smelling essential oils to help you do just that!
What if we told you that your nose is the reason for your insomnia? Believe it or not, your sense of smell can directly impact the quality of sleep you receive each night. Your sense of smell is part of a complicated olfactory system. What you smell results in the special cells in your nose, called neurons, rapidly sending signals to your brain and throughout the body that could be keeping you awake if the body is interpreting the scent as an irritating compound.
Your body’s reaction to smell could be something subconscious and you might not even be aware that it’s happening. Even so, certain scents can still cause both physiological and psychological reactions that are contributing to your quality of sleep. Smells become part of your emotional memory, and can trigger reactions when your body re-encounters scents that have caused strong positive or negative reactions in the past. This is proven in research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation that found that 78% of people were more excited for bed and slept more soundly when they had clean, fresh smelling sheets.
Another way to show your nose it’s time to rest is by using essential oils in the bedroom, which is a process called aromatherapy. Essential oils are made using herbs from plants and flowers that are known to promote relaxation and have a calming scent, which you then expose your body to through aromatherapy. You can do this by applying the essential oil directly to your skin or inhaling a concentrated amount of the essential oil by using hot water or other nasal devices. For a less direct approach, you can use a diffuser to disperse the essential oil’s scent throughout the room.
It’s thought that aromatherapy is effective for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep because it creates a more pleasant and comforting environment for all the senses. Early research has shown that aromatherapy does seem to improve sleep quality and has few side effects, although more studies need to be done to confirm this. Using certain essential oils also seems to be most effective for promoting rest and relaxation, namely lavender, rose, chamomile, jasmine, ylang ylang, and cedar extract. If you are ready to add essential oils into your bedtime routine, consider using one of these great products to help you get the rest you need!