Part II - Smell & Touch
In part 2 of this mini-series, we will be looking at the sense of smell and touch. Each of these two senses can be stimulated to promote sleep. Knowing how to set your sleep environment up for sleep success is largely based off its smell and how comfortable you are in bed. We will be diving deeper into which scents are scientifically proven to promote sleep and what bedding products are the best to get a great night’s sleep.
Starting with scent, let’s talk about the holy grail of scents -- lavender. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Lavender’s aroma has been shown in human studies "to slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure and put you in a parasympathetic state, which is a relaxed state," says University of Miami School of Medicine scientist Tiffany Field, who has studied the effects of lavender on relaxation and sleep. So instead of counting sheep, try using lavender to place your mind at ease and relax your body. If lavender isn’t quite the scent for you, try some of these other scents that have been proven to relax the mind and body according to naturalhealthontheweb.com: chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, mandarin, jasmine, vanilla, rose, lilac and ylang-ylang. All these scents can be purchased as a candle, incent or oils, but incents and candles should never be burned during sleep because of the danger of a fire. So instead, try some scented oils or other aromatherapy products that can be placed in the corners of your bed or room for maximum aroma exposure.
Purchasing candles and oils is a relatively inexpensive investment to promoting quality sleep. Bedding on the other hand is a bit more expensive but worth the expenditure as it will be used 1/3 of every day.
Being physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed before sleep is the main ingredient in getting a good night’s rest. Even having fresh clean sheets can impact the quality of sleep. According to Dr. Michael J. Breus a sleep expert, found that 78 percent reported more excited about going to bed when they have clean sheets, 71 percent reported sleeping better on clean sheets, 29 percent reported going to bed earlier when they have clean sheets on the bed. Fresh sheets are an easy way to give yourself a clean start to getting a good night’s rest, room temperature is also a quick fix to promote sleep. It really depends on the temperature you enjoy but I have always found that a room that is a little cooler allows me to use my comfortable blanket to keep myself warm.
Your mattress, pillow, sheets and comforters are all important to how you sleep. Each of these products needs to fit a comfort level that encourages you to go to sleep. Mattresses, pillows, sheets and comforters range from cheap to extremely expensive; the most expensive products are not necessarily the best products nor are they the best product for you. The leading cause for poor sleep is a bad mattress. One third of your life you spend sleeping, so why not splurge on a mattress and/or pillow that will ultimately help you enjoy that 1/3 of your life. Each individual is different and the sleep council has a great way of breaking down each mattress and its benefits and downfalls, check it out here: http://bettersleep.org/mattresses-and-more/mattress-types. This site is a great starting point when purchasing a new mattress.
When it comes to pillows, I believe the decision is obvious; The Mediflow Pillow is the only clinically proven pillow to improve quality of sleep and decrease overall neck & back pain. It has a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and was reviewed by over 900 people. Over 4 million Mediflow Pillows have been sold and is the top selling pillow on Amazon. We do not believe the pillow should be approached as a one size fits all type product. Which is one of the many reasons why the Mediflow Pillow works for all. It is 100% customizable. Depending on the firmness you desire, simply add or subtract water from the water bladder to achieve the best possible firmness and support.
The right combination of bedding and scents can be the key to your sleep success. If you are having trouble sleeping, clean your sheets, place scented lavender oils around the room and make sure your mattress suits your comfort preference. Sweet dreams and tune in next time for a blog written on how hearing different sounds or music may positively or negatively impact your quality of sleep.
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