Use your senses for a better night’s sleep

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:

Scent sense:

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.

Touchy feely:

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.

Soothing sounds:

Try using a white noise machine to mask background sounds that might prevent you from falling asleep or wake you up while asleep.