Best essential oils and scents for getting a good night's sleep
Struggle to sleep? The experts at Online Bedrooms have compiled a list of the best scents - some well known, some not so much - that will help you nod off
There is nothing worse than a bout of insomnia. Watching the clock go round and stressing about getting to sleep is hardly conducive to perfect nodding off conditions. But help is at hand, as by creating a relaxing and soothing bedroom can really help your sleep quality, from using calming sleep-inducing colours to including relaxing scents.
Nic Shacklock, from Online Bedrooms said: 'All of us would like to just go to bed and instantly drift off with ease but unfortunately it’s not this easy for everyone. That’s why some people find creating a relaxing bedtime routine or using different sleep-aiding products very useful.
'One way to hack your sleep habits is to use sleep-inducing scents that not only help you doze off quickly but also improve your sleep quality in general. Pillow sprays are a great option, as are essential oils or lighting candles shortly before you head to bed.'
So go on create a relaxing haven full of beautiful aromas that will have you drifting off in no time and awaken fresh and alert for the day ahead.
Best scents to aid sleep
Lavender essential oil
Lavender is perhaps the best known sleep-inducing scent. Lavender’s soothing effects reduce your stress levels which can help slow down your racing thoughts before bed. It is believed to treat anxiety and insomnia - one of the main reasons why people find it difficult to fall asleep. You can apply lavender essential oil to your skin before you go to bed or add some drops to your bath or diffuser.
Jasmine pillow and room spray
Jasmine has a rich and sweet smell that is often used for relaxing purposes in aromatherapy. The easiest way to bring this scent into your bedroom is by purchasing a jasmine room and pillow mist. Just spray it on your bed before you go to sleep and it will effectively aid your slumber.
A bouquet of fresh roses
If you’re a person that likes to have fresh flowers in the bedroom then roses might be a good choice as their scent relieves stress levels and may also give your brain a boost throughout the night, making you feel fresher when you wake up. And they look beautiful to on a bedside table too - so what's not to love?
Peace lily indoor plant
It’s even in the name that this plant encourages a peaceful night of sleep. It can improve your bedroom’s air quality which can often be the source of sleep problems. The peace lily is a low-maintenance plant that can be kept on your nightstand since it doesn’t require much light or watering. However this plant is mildly toxic to cats so keep it well out of reach of your feline friends.
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Frankincense is collected from the trunk of Boswellia trees and has an antibacterial and de-stressing effect which makes it very beneficial for your health. Burning a frankincense incense stick in your bedroom in the evening promotes a good night’s sleep as it helps to calm your mind and breathe deep. All sounds good to us
Chamomile tea or essential oil
Chamomile has a fragrant scent that has many well-being and mood-lifting benefits. It’s a natural antibiotic that also reduces inflammation and soothes nerves and muscles. Having a cup of chamomile tea before bed or using it as an essential oil will relax your mind as well as your body.
Vanilla body lotion
Adding a vanilla-scented lotion to your evening self-care routine will leave your body feeling nice and moisturised, while the sweet vanilla smell will encourage a good night’s sleep. Vanilla can steady your heart rate and lower blood pressure, which will be handy when you’re preparing yourself for some shut-eye.
Debbie Graham is the senior digital editor for YourHomeStyle, and is passionate about vintage interiors. In her free time she loves nothing better than scouring second-hand and vintage shops for bargains and upcycling projects. Her home is a Victorian house that is a bit of a project and when she's not putting buckets under leaks you can find her painting and patching