Do you lay awake trying to get to get to sleep at night? Well, you’re not the only one, with nearly 50% of Britons now saying that they toss and turn, struggling to get to sleep. Have you thought about trying sleep-inducing scents?
Stress and worry was the primary cause for people not sleeping according to the Sleep Council UK. Something, I think, we have all suffered from at some point. But how do we reduce, anxiety and encourage sleep? We believe the right combination of fragrance oils could help you sleep better and wake up feeling rested.
How do scents affect the mind and body?
Your nose is directly linked to your brain, and often you can get strong memory responses from certain smells. Your nose uses the fragrances around them to determine the environment, then send messages directly to your limbic system. Smell is the only sense which moves directly to the emotion and memory centre, unlike your other sense which passes through a relay centre first.
A recent study in 2017, shows that a blend of sleep-promoting fragrance oils worked very effectively to improve both the quality of sleep and therefore lifestyle. So we would recommend choosing one of our fragrances, created by All About Eve to help encourage your sleep.
Our five sleep-inducing scents
Patchouli oil is one of our favourite sleep-inducing scents. In 2011 a study by the Journal of Natural Medicines found that patchouli oils can help promote sleep, so we’ve added to the top of our list.
You may remember Patchouli scents was associated with hippies in the 1960’s but luckily is having quite the comeback. At All About Eve at Home, we love it combined with pomegranate in our Black Pomegranate Fragrance.
Sandalwood fragrance oil has been around for hundreds of years and on the Silk Road was regularly traded. Its rich scent can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.
There have been several studies into the effect of Sandalwood for sleep, which show it can be useful in reducing anxiety and may even have sedative qualities that reduce wakefulness.
Not only does Rose oil smell incredible, but did you know it can also help your body naturally relax? That’s why it’s a firm favourite at All About Eve at Home.
A recent study by the Red Crescent Medical Journal showed it reduced sympathetic stimulation, which is how your mind and body creates anxiety. It naturally helps you feel grounded and centred before bed — a perfect solution for a restful night.
Lavender is one the most famous fragrance oils to help sleep, and we couldn’t have a list without it. It also the most studied oil, and there is a large amount of research which backs up its claims to reduce anxiety and well as have a beneficial effect on depression.
Furthermore, Lavender also has a sedative effect, so this giant of the fragrance oil world is bound to help you get to sleep and feel great the next day too.
While Rosemary might not traditionally have a sedative effect in the same way as Lavender, it is an excellent addition to your bedtime fragrance. Rosemary can help improve your memory and reduce anxiety, which will help alleviate the stress before bedtime.
One study showed that it reduced depression and anxiety in students, completely removing all severe anxiety results and reducing mild anxiety from 17.65% to 5.88%.
Scented Candles and Fragrance Diffusers
There is no better way to bring sleep-inducing scents into the home, as with a luxury candle or reed diffuser. Our products contain a higher percentage of fragrance oils, so you can rest easy knowing they are the highest quality.
For Patchouli and Sandalwood
We recommend our black pomegranate candle, which contains Patchouli, Rose Oil and Sandalwood so that you can sleep easy. It also includes Pomegranate oil, which adds a layer of warmth to the smell, which will help you drift off.
Rosemary and Lavender Fragrance Oils
If you’re looking for Rosemary and Lavender, try our Herb Garden Fragrance Diffuser. You can leave it in your bedroom, while it gently releases the fragrance oils. It’s great to bring in fresh scents for the day, but also helps you sleep during the night.
Rose and Vanilla sleep-inducing scents
Our Flower Garden reed diffuser offers a beautiful blend of rose, geranium and vanilla, which is not only fresh but will help you sleep with rose oil. It’s the perfect addition to your bedroom.