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Six scents that can improve your sleep

scents that can improve your sleep

Whilst some may feel that wearing perfume to bed is a waste, it appears that Marilyn Monroe was onto something when she declared that she “only wear[s] Chanel No. 5” to bed.

Studies have shown that 75% of our emotions are based on smell, so wearing the right perfume to bed can bring on feelings of relaxation, well-being and contentment, which is exactly what you want before bedtime.

To help you pick the right perfume to entice sleep, the sleep experts at MattressNextDay have shared six scents for you to consider.   

     1. Neroli

Neroli is an airy citrusy green with hints of honey and orange and is well-known for alleviating sleeping problems. It’s also a well-known treatment for insomnia, especially those related to anxiety. This is because the citrus elements help promote a relaxed and slightly hypnotic feeling that soothes the brain into a state of calm that is ready for sleep.

Perfume recommendations: Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino Acqua or L’Occitane – Neroli

     2. Lavender

Whilst everyone is aware of the calming powers of lavender, did you know that studies have shown that lavender can improve sleep quality and lower anxiety as effectively as a low dose of the sedative, Lorazepam? This is because of its sedative properties, which is also why it’s the number one scent used for pillow sprays.

Perfume recommendations: Jo Malone – Amber & Lavender Cologne or Yves Saint Laurent – Libre.

     3. Ylang-Ylang

This tropical tree is native to Asian countries and has similar benefits to lavender oil, so makes a good alternative if you don’t like the smell of lavender. Another study found that ylang-ylang reduced anxiety and boosted self-esteem when it was applied to the skin – making it perfect for those who are wanting a good night’s sleep or to feel more confident in the bed for other reasons.

Perfume recommendations: Chanel – N°5 or DIOR – J’adore

     4. Rose

Research shows that the scent of roses is naturally relaxing, and potentially helpful for relieving your stress levels. However, most surprising of all – the rose scent is shown to help improve your learning while you’re sleeping, making it the perfect bedtime fragrance for those who are studying.

Perfume recommendations: DIOR – Rose ‘N Roses or Marc Jacobs – Daisy

     5. Sandalwood

The soft, woodiness of sandalwood has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental and physical disorders which include anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia, and more. Furthermore, Psychology Today also states that sandalwood can have sedative effects, reduce wakefulness and increase amounts of non-REM sleep.

Perfume recommendations: BYREDO – Blanche or LUSH – dirty

     6. Chamomile

This member of the daisy plant has the profound power to improve a person’s sleep quality and reduce anxiety, which explains why many people drink chamomile tea before their bedtime. However, a perfumed version can still improve the quality of your sleep, as it helps soothe your nervous system and prepare for bed.

Perfume recommendations: GUCCI – Mémoire or Calvin Klein – Escape

How can wearing perfume to bed improve your sleep quality?

Eudora Nwasike, a Certified Fragrance Specialist has also explained why perfume is so powerful when it going to sleep –  “The Olfactory bulb, which is the front part of the brain which controls smell, sends information to the amygdala and hippocampus parts of your brain. These are the regions of the brain that are responsible for emotion and memory, so whenever we smell a scent for the first time or repeatedly, it stimulates the primitive parts of our memory.”

She goes on to explain further, “the essential oil in perfumes soothes the mind, relaxes the body, and reduces stress levels. However, it is important to always use the same fragrance in your bedtime routine because this helps your brain, senses, and body to make a connection with the familiar scent.”

Rebecca Lockwood, a Hypnosis and Positive Psychology Coach further explains this, “What you are doing is anchoring and training your brain to associate the smell with a certain feeling. You are installing this into your brain through your neural networks and your senses, so that the next time you come to smell that scent, it will trigger the feeling of calmness subconsciously.”

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