Whether you have the occasional night of bad sleep or chronic sleep issues, aromatherapy scented candles can be a helpful tool in your quest for better sleep. However, it’s important to choose the right scents to help you sleep. Some scents such as citrus have an energizing rather than a calming effect, and they will wake you up instead of helping you drift off to the land of nod.
For centuries, decorative candles have been used in sacred ceremonies to bring a peaceful ambiance into a space. But while their minimal light sources and aroma smells can create a serene sanctuary, there are actually a bunch of other reasons why you should burn candles in your home that can actually help with your mental state and well-being.
We are here with top 5 scents that help in stimulating your sleeping sense and allows you to sleep like a baby:
Lavender Scented Candles
Lavender is great to use if you suffer from anxiety as it’s believed to calm you down and stop your heart (and mind!) from racing. It works to actively slow down the nervous system, making it easier to relax. Lavender is perhaps the best-studied of all essential oils, and it can also help with anxiety and pain relief–two things that often keep people up at night. Thanks to lavender’s popularity, there are many ways to perform aromatherapy with this soothing scent, from decorating with lavender sachets to lighting a bedroom candle.
Chamomile Aroma Candles
You don’t have to drink chamomile to get its sleep-inducing benefits. Just smelling it can help you feel more relaxed and sleepy. If you’ve only ever used chamomile tea to help you sleep, consider incorporating chamomile into your aromatherapy routine as well. This fragrance oil can help soothe nervous tension, reduce pain and digestive upset and help you chill out before bed. You’ll wonder how you lived (or rather slept) without chamomile fragrance oil.
Vanilla Fragrance Candles
The sweet scent of vanilla is appealing to many people, and it has a long history of use for relaxation and stress relief. Vanilla can have sedative effects on the body. It can reduce hyperactivity and restlessness, quieten the nervous system, and lower blood pressure. Is also appears to help relieve anxiety and depression, with a combining both relaxation and an uplift in mood.
Citrus Flavour Candles
Similar to sandalwood, this is a group of scents that can be stimulating or sleep-promoting, depending on your individual reaction and the type of citrus oil used. Bergamot, a type of orange, has been shown to relieve anxiety and improve sleep quality. Lemon oil has demonstrated anxiety and depression-relieving effects in research. Citrus may help some people fall asleep more easily, while others may find there fresh, bright scents are relaxing, but not sleep-promoting.
Sandalwood Scented Candles
With a rich, woody, earthy scent, sandalwood has an ancient history of use for relaxation and anxiety relief. Scientific research indicates sandalwood can be effective in easing anxiety symptoms. Research has also shown sandalwood can have sedative effects, reducing wakefulness and increasing amounts of non-REM sleep.
So, the right scents for your relaxation and sleep are the ones that make you feel relaxed and sleepy! You may need to experiment with different oils before you find the right one for your nightly routine. Light a scented candle in the evening as you being to wind down. Make sure to extinguish it fully before going to sleep.