Friday, August 22, 2014

Best Scents for Bedtime

Do you have a hard time falling asleep, wake up multiple times within the night, or have nightmares? As a person who lives in a big city, I am constantly encountering stressful situations such as traffic, parking, and of course the high prices that come along with living in the city. Let's face it, most people are encountering stressful situation no matter where they are located on the map. Stress and restless thoughts often protrude my mind right when my head hits the pillow. Once I do finally fall asleep, these thoughts and stresses often take over my dreams as well and I'm sure the same happens to many of you. Though, after years of restless sleep, I have found some ways to cope with my sleeping problems. There are multiple solutions that you can try to ease your mind and bring comfort and relaxation to your bed.

1. Drink chamomile/lavender tea before bed.
This will promote relaxation throughout your mind and body. The mix of chamomile and lavender truly brings my body from the city hustle and bustle down to a calming state of relaxation.

2. Find a scent that relaxes you and buy the essential oil to spray on your pillow.
Some scents that I have found relaxing are lavender, vanilla, sandalwood, chamomile, and ylang ylang. These scents are relaxing to me, but remember that you may find a completely different scent that is relaxing to you and that is perfectly fine. If you buy the essential oil, it may be good to mix with a small amount of water to dilute the fragrance. I often put this into my own spray atomizer and spray it onto my pillow for a good nights sleep.

3. Wear a perfume or scented lotion to bed.
I have found that sometimes I am more inclined to falling asleep if I have a certain perfume on. Gourmand, creamy scents, or scents with the notes that I have listed above are always calming. I never spray too much before bed, as it may be distracting to try and drift off into sleep. I like my scent to be subtle and in the background of my dreams.

Do you have a bedtime routine that helps you drift into sleep? I want to know!

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