15 Scents to Help You Sleep

Humans have used scents to lull themselves to sleep for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, those who could afford it would burn frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and cypress to induce sleep and enhance dreams. The Romans used the scent of chamomile to relax and drift into dreamland. Even the “father of medicine,” Hippocrates, was an advocate for aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, the practice of using scents for medicinal purposes, is shown to promote deeper sleep and reduce fatigue. Certain scents are shown to promote positive mood and relaxation, which often leads to rest. One study even finds that the natural scent of the person you love can help you get better sleep.

Aromatherapy can promote relaxation and restfulness. To help you sleep better, we looked at 15 scents that are scientifically proven to promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and even treat insomnia.

All of these scents can be a viable natural alternative to prescribed sleep aids. The best part about them is their accessibility. One has to only acquire the scent in the form of an essential oil, extract or included in a fragrance. Many commonly used perfumes and colognes feature these scents, and some even feature more than one. Simply diffuse the scent or spray a bit on your pillow and sheets to reap the benefits!

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