In a world where everyone is constantly on the go, getting a good night’s sleep can be a daunting
challenge. Here are three tips for using your senses to contribute to a better night’s sleep and bolster your overall well-being:
Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow. Lavender is associated with lower blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature — all relaxing components for a good night’s sleep. And lavender has been shown to reduce anxiety, making it a great essential oil to put on your pillow for those nights when concerns of the day are keeping you awake.
Make sure that you have cozy, quality bedding, which will permeate your sense of touch throughout the night. In a U.S.-based survey conducted by the American Down and Feather Council, 70 percent of consumers surveyed who use down and feather products agreed they get a better night’s sleep with down and feather bedding. Furthermore, 55 percent agreed there are health benefits to sleeping with such products, which can help do the following:
• Regulate your body temperature — Down and feather is a natural material that wicks away moisture and perspiration, allowing it to quickly evaporate rather than trapping it.
• Provide proper support — Down and feather pillows conform to the body more naturally than many synthetic fibers or foam pillows.
• Offer the sleep-inducing benefits of warmth without weight — Down is nature’s best insulator.
Try using a white noise machine to mask background sounds that might prevent you from falling asleep or wake you up while asleep.