The bedroom… it’s the place you start and finish each day. A clean, organized, beautifully scented room with a nicely made bed can affect how you feel when you go to bed at night and set the tone when you wake in the morning. We’ve all heard a thousand times: a tidy home equals a tidy mind! As Marie Kondo says in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life.”
Something else to consider are the scents you choose for your bedroom. Scenting bed linens and your room with essential oils can affect how you sleep and even the dreams you have. Make sure you are using only pure essential oils while skipping fake fragrances. The calming aroma of lavender essential oils release feel-good hormones and may make you feel happier.
The scent of a rose oil may lower blood pressure and a hint of eucalyptus oil can improve alertness. We custom blended our lavender grapefruit infused Lavender & Grapefruit Refreshing Room & Linen Spray to help send you on your way to sound slumber.
How Smell Affects Dreams
Different smells can have an impact on everything. From dreams and emotions, to pain, concentration, and romance as research from NIH and others are increasingly showing.
Smelling flowers before bed can lead to more positive dreams. According to research at the Sleep Disorders Centre of the University of Heidelberg, the study shows that emotional content of dreams is linked to certain scents. Those who had the smell of flowers had more pleasant dreams than those who had no smell. Those asked to smell sulfur had the most negative dreams.
Chamomile, which is actually a daisy, is famous for its soothing effects. This is why it’s in bedtime teas and bath and body lotions. No wonder so many people opt to use our Chamomile Refreshing Room & Linen Spray combined with relaxation-enhancing orange blossom in the bedroom. Make sure you’re choosing products made without the use of synthetic fragrances which may cause some people to experience migraines and other issues.
Clinical trials from Maryland University have shown that the smell of lavender essential oil can help in insomnia, anxiety, stress, and post-operative pain. “There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders,” say the researchers.
Wash Your Sheets and Make Your Bed
Washing your sheets and linens in plant powered, certified organic laundry detergents without fake perfumes is a must if you have sensitive skin or want to avoid harsh chemicals. Most experts recommend washing your sheets and bedding at least once a week. You may want to wash your linens more often if your pets like to snuggle in bed with you.
Our Delicates Wash is formulated for bedding like silk pillowcases that need extra care. For an invigorating start to your day, mist your bedding with Peppermint & Lemon Refreshing Room & Linen Spray .
To get the full benefit of a tidy room, making your bed needs to be one of the first clutter-cutting activities of the day. If you skip this step, your bedroom will continue to feel untidy and disorganized. On average, it takes just two to three minutes to make your bed every day.
Open a Window
Open a window and let the sunlight and fresh air pour in. The air inside your home is likely of a lower quality than the air outside. Make it a habit to open your bedroom windows each morning for as long as privacy and weather permit. Your bedroom will smell more fresh and you’ll get a mood-boosting, energy-upping dose of morning sunshine.
When our surroundings are cluttered we can feel more anxious and stressed. One study from the University of California, Los Angeles finds mothers living in messy houses had higher levels of the hormone cortisol. Clutter can also make it harder to fall asleep.
Cleaning, organizing and scenting your bedroom with essential oils can do wonders for you. You may find yourself less stressed so then you can go to bed more relaxed and sleep soundly!