Problems sleeping at night are not exactly uncommon. Two-thirds of Americans admit that they have difficulty falling asleep at night, and — perhaps even worse — a good deal of Americans get poor quality sleep or wake up in pain. In fact, as many as 80 to 90% of Americans experience chronic back pain related to tossing and turning at night, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Getting a good night’s sleep, promoting good health, and waking up refreshed and pain-free is more than possible. Creating the perfect sleep environment is a step in the right direction. Here’s what you’ll need.
There Is Something To Scent Therapy
There are at least four scents that promote relaxation and quality sleep: vanilla, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine. You can choose from a variety of aromatherapy products, such as oils, perfumes, bar soaps and body washes, and sachets. A Wesleyan University study proves there is science to it, too.
“The study showed that after smelling lavender essential oil before bed, participants experienced an increased amount of time spent in slow-wave sleep, the restful and restorative sleep phase,” Canadian Living explains.
Create Your Own Sleep Oasis
True, lavender oil may help you nod off — but you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) rely on aromatherapy alone. Turn your bedroom into the perfect sleep environment by shutting off the lights and the TV. If you prefer to sleep with white noise, leaving the TV or fan on isn’t necessary. There are several free apps you can download on mobile devices, with clips of ocean noises, rainy night sounds, and more.
Invest in the best pillows and consider king size adjustable beds instead of stiff, flat mattresses. Flat mattresses can make trouble sleeping at night even worse. King size adjustable beds, such as Craftmatic adjustable beds equipped with optional heat and massage, on the other hand, may also provide temporary relief from: lower back pain, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation, and symptoms of gastric reflux.
It is possible to sleep better at night — and wake up well-rested and not in pain. Use aromatherapy and comfortable pillows for the best possible sleep.