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Following your nose to a good night’s sleep

August 15, 2012 by
Cuddledown's advice about clean sheets

We all know that having a comfortable bed is one of the keys to a good night’s sleep, but did you know that scent also plays a big role?

Lavender, by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Lavender, by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Recent studies have shown that certain scents, like jasmine, aid in improving the quality of your sleep. While this flowering shrub doesn’t help you to sleep longer, it does have sedative properties, and promotes more restful sleep. In addition, it was shown to have improved the cognitive function in test participants who smelled the plant while studying.

Lavender is also touted as a natural sleep aid. Used to scent linens and prevent moths from eating fabric since the Middle Ages, linen has long been valued for its fragrant aroma. Recently, lavender has also been shown to help people sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more refreshed. In addition, researchers at Wesleyan University also found that deep, slow-wave sleep increased in participants who sniffed lavender oil before going to sleep.

To reap the benefits of lavender and jasmine, try using an aromatherapy diffuser in your bedroom and fill it with jasmine or lavender essential oil. Or, put a few drops of essential oil onto your chest or shoulders before going to sleep.

To find out more ways to get a better night’s sleep, our infographic is filled with handy tips and information!

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