Studies show that the scent of lavender is one of the most powerful sleep aids (3). It decreases heart rate and lowers blood pressure, which is perfect if you find your mind whirling with thoughts around bedtime.
Shown to have sedative effects on nerve activity and mood, jasmine also reduces heart rate, helping you calm down and drift to sleep quicker.
This scent is shown to aid depression and grief, relax the body, and ease minor aches and pains. This is good if you are going through a rough time and it’s affecting your sleep quality.
With its antidepressant qualities, vanilla is also shown to increase happiness while relaxing the body and mind.
Commonly used as a stress reliever in spas and places of relaxation, eucalyptus is a powerful scent that can relax your mind in order to prepare you for a healthy night of sleep.
With its zesty, fresh smell, lemon can make you feel clean and relaxed for bed. Paired with a clutter-free room, the sparkling scent can help your purge your thoughts and ensure a clear mind to combat insomnia.
The woodsy, earthy tones of sandalwood can help you feel grounded and provides a nice break from that stale office air. It’s also referred to as a mood balancer, due to its relaxing effect (4). (Cedarwood is a more affordable option and has the same earthy tones.)
With its citrus-like fragrance, the “zing” element in bergamot is less citrusy than lemon. If you enjoy citrus but find lemon too stimulating, this is the way to go.