Scent and aromatherapy are becoming increasingly popular as a natural way to counteract problems falling asleep and sleeping disorders. You can find out here which fragrances are particularly effective against stress, nervousness and a lack of relaxation before bed and help you to fall asleep and sleep through the night better.
Table of Contents
- Fragrances, Relaxation & Sleep
- The best scents & aromas to fall asleep
- ylang ylang
1. Fragrances, Relaxation & Sleep
Sufficient and good sleep is one of the most important foundations for a healthy life and we know that persistent stress and insufficient relaxation stand in the way of a restful night. In order to find a really restful sleep without any problems, we should ensure sufficient relaxation in the evening and get to rest early. Relaxation-promoting fragrance and aroma therapies contribute to a pleasant, cozy sleeping atmosphere and have proven to be effective support against stress-related sleep disorders, but especially against problems falling asleep.
Certain essential scents associated with calm, relaxation and positive mood can have a positive effect on the physical and mental state and help to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. Since these factors are directly related to the quality of our sleep and are often responsible for difficulty falling asleep or sleep disorders, we can support healthy sleep with the natural effect of certain fragrances.
In our article Fragrance & Sleep, we explain how exactly our sense of smell works during sleep and why certain scents are able to positively address us both physically and emotionally and thus make a decisive contribution to a good night's sleep.
2. The 6 best scents & aromas to fall asleep
Lavender is a popular classic in aromatherapy and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for problems falling asleep, inner restlessness, tension and fears due to its calming effect. The aroma of the plant has been shown to help relieve anxiety, banish nervousness and promote inner peace.
Lavender contains more than 200 plant substances that reduce the release of stress hormones in our body, protect the nervous system from being overwhelmed by negative stimuli and have a calming effect on heart rate and blood pressure. At the same time, the popular plant also has an influence on the production of the happiness hormone serotonin and in this way has a positive effect on mood and melatonin synthesis in the evening, which can support a healthy sleep-wake cycle. Lavender is one of the most powerful and widely used natural aromas when it comes to calming the mind and aiding in falling asleep and restful sleep.
The intense and fresh scent of eucalyptus has a calming, refreshing and liberating effect on the mind on the one hand and is known for its positive effect on the respiratory tract. Blocked breathing makes it difficult to fall asleep and quickly leads to the development of nocturnal breathing disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea. Eucalyptus contains numerous effective compounds that have a cooling, analgesic and decongestant effect on the mucous membranes and airways and stimulate blood flow to the brain. Eucalyptus scents can contribute to free breathing at night and promote healthy, restful sleep.
Vetiver is a tropical sweet grass plant. The strongly scented vetiver oil is obtained from the dried roots of the grass and is particularly popular in fragrance and aromatherapy because of its intense woody-earthy scent. The aroma of the plant is said to have a calming and grounding effect and help to relieve nervousness, anxiety and other stress symptoms on the one hand, and counteract insomnia and depression on the other. In the evening, vetiver can make a positive contribution to calming the soul and enabling you to fall asleep peacefully.
Cedarwood oil is characterized by a deep, slightly spicy-woody scent that calms the senses and has a particularly balancing and stabilizing effect. The aroma of the conifer can strengthen the nerves and is not only used in aromatherapy against nervous tension and anxiety, but is also said to have a sleep-inducing effect. In some studies, the warming scent of cedar could help to fall asleep faster and, thanks to the additional antiseptic, expectorant effect, help to get in the mood for a peaceful sleep not only mentally but also physically.
The Asian flower ylang -ylang is considered a true miracle cure in aromatherapy. The characteristically soft, flowery scent has a positive influence on the body's own production of the "happiness hormone" serotonin and thus not only has a direct effect against depression or anxiety, but also on our natural sleep-wake behavior. Accordingly, the smell of ylang-ylang oil promotes the feeling of joy and inner peace during the day and helps to support natural tiredness and falling asleep in the evening. Ylang-ylang is also said to have an aphrodisiac effect and stimulate the senses.
The oil of the citrus fruit bergamot smells fresh and fruity and can help promote inner calm and confidence as well as reduce negative emotions, irritability and stress. Some studies also show that the soothing aroma of bergamot can also have a direct positive effect on the body's sleep hormone melatonin. The scents of bergamot are very well suited to reducing the feeling of stress and worries, especially in the evening, and to naturally promoting the process of falling asleep.
Certain scents and essential aromas help with pre-sleep relaxation and can promote drowsiness and a peaceful night's sleep.
Lavender has a calming effect, reduces stress, nervousness and fears and promotes relaxed falling and staying asleep.
Eucalyptus clears the mind and the respiratory tract and counteracts sleep disorders caused by nocturnal breathing problems.
Vetiver grounds and calms the soul, which can make it easier to fall asleep.
Cedar wood creates stability and balance for body and soul and promotes deep relaxation before going to bed.
Ylang-Ylang stimulates the senses and counteracts negative sensations, anxiety and stress to help you fall asleep carefree.
Bergamot refreshes, provides positive energy and contributes to a healthy sleep by promoting natural tiredness in the evening.
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