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Do Smells Affect The Quality of Your Sleep?

Do Smells Affect The Quality of Your Sleep?

If you can’t sleep at night, you may need to move your laundry basket out of your bedroom. Febreze, known for their variety of air effects, candles, and car vent clips, just recently released their new Sleep Serenity line of soothing scents, which aims to get you in the mood for a night of peaceful rest. To get answers on how people feel about smells and sleep, the company funded the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) recent International Bedroom Poll.

As they tapped into the sleep habits of residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, a majority of the respondents in every country except Japan, said that they feel more relaxed in their bedroom smells nice.

Respondents were asked if they agreed with this statement, “I feel more relaxed in my bed if my bedroom has a fresh pleasant scent.” Who agreed?

-78% of respondents in the United States
-78% of respondents in Canada
-92% of respondents in Mexico
-86% of respondents in the United Kingdom
-90% of respondents in Germany
-41% of respondents in Japan

Research has found that scent does play a powerful role in relaxation, memory building and contributing to a good night of rest. The specific scents in question were lavender and jasmine. According to a small 2005 study, jasmine seems to help boost deep sleep and may have some benefits for people with insomnia. In a German study, smelling jasmine was found to be as effective as taking an anti-anxiety medication in relieving nerves and aiding sleep.

Respondents were asked if they agreed with this statement, “There are scents that detract from sleep.” Who said yes?

-59% of the respondents in the United States
-64% of the respondents in Canada
-74% of the respondents in Mexico
-60% of the respondents in United Kingdom
-58% of the respondents in Germany
-29% of the respondents in Japan

Those who agreed with the statement above were asked if mold, body odor, pet odor, stale air, cooking odor and antiseptic disrupted their sleep. Mexico and U.S. residents ranked mold as the worst offender, while Canada pointed to body odor and Germany, Japan and U.K. residents were bothered most by stale air, according to the findings.

While we may not consciously think of how our bedroom smells, most of us know we feel more relaxed when it’s fresh and clean. Add sleep-promoting scents, such as lavender and jasmine, to your sleep-promoting bedroom. Keep your room dark, cool, free of electronics and prepare to improve your sleep quality tonight!

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