Remember the last time you slept like a baby? It is common among us adults, especially busy and stressed ones, to complain about not having enough sleep. Lack of sleep leads to more stress, anxiety, low energy level – which makes us less productive.

So how do you get better sleep? Let the smell of essential oils bring you a good night’s sleep. A lot of studies have proven that aromatherapy does affect an individual’s mood and well-being. A lot of studies have shown that certain essential oils, used for aromatherapy, can contribute on achieving a deep and relaxing sleep.

Here are our top 5 picks of fragrances for better sleep:

Lavender

When you hear the word lavender, sleep is always associated with it. This is because lavender is widely used for achieving a relaxed state. Various studies can back this up. Based from research, the smell of lavender slows down the heartbeat and relaxes the muscle – which is how our body behaves when we are relaxed. Sleeping in a relaxed state helps you achieve deep sleep.

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Roman Chamomile

The discovery of the benefits of Roman Chamomile aroma dates back to the Ancient Romans. They have discovered that using the Roman Chamomile oil affects mental clarity, which is also associated to achieving a relaxed state. The sweet, fruity scent sure proves to be very calming.

Cedar wood

The smell of warm, wood-like aroma of cedar wood oil brings about a calming and soothing effect to the mind of anyone who smells it. Cedar wood oil is widely used to relieve tension, fatigue and anxiety, which promotes better and uninterrupted sleep. This essential oil is commonly used to treat patients with insomnia.

Ylang Ylang

Overwhelming sweet and floral – this is how the scent of Ylang Ylang oil is usually described. Though mostly used as fragrance oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil does have effects on well-being. Studies have shown that the use of Ylang Ylang oil helps relieve anxiety, panic, tension and fear. Others prefer rubbing the oil directly to their skin, which helps reduce stress.

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Vanilla

You read it right; vanilla can also help you get a better sleep. Though commonly used as flavoring to our favorite sweets, vanilla is also used as scent for candles and bath products. This is because the sweet smell of vanilla has a soothing effect on everyone. The scent helps relax and calm the brain to relieve anxiety and stress; promoting a better sleep.

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The next time you’re having trouble with sleep, try one of these essential oils. You may use oil burners, air diffusers, scented candles or scented body oils to rub directly to your skin – whatever you prefer as long as you can smell the relaxing and soothing aroma of these essential oils. You can try all of these listed essential oils, use one essential oil at a time, and see which one suits you best. I bet you’ll wake up the next morning feeling all energized and ready to start another busy day ahead.

Photography by Spyros Papaspyropoulos