Through different studies, it has been proven that Lavender actually helps one fall asleep and feel relaxed!
You've had a really long day at work and all you want to do is go back home and curl up in your bed and fall asleep. You think the minute you hit the bed, you're going to pass out because that's how tired you. You take a nice, long shower, and then curl up under the blanker, only to find out that you just can't fall asleep! You're baffled by how you just can't fall asleep even though you feel drained. This could be because you suffer from Insomnia, a sleep disorder that makes it hard for you to sleep throughout the night, or sleep at all. Insomnia is usually followed by daytime sleepiness, which could make you think you'll get a good night's sleep, but you're only fooling yourself. Insomnia is actually a very common illness among adults, especially with today's stressful lifestyle.
According to Sleep Education, 30 to 35 percent of adults have brief symptoms of insomnia. 15 to 20 percent have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months. 10 percent of adults have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months. Sleep is the most important thing your body needs. If you use your mobile phone for too long, it heats up and then you set it aside for a bit to make sure it cools down, right? It's the same with your body; it needs to cool down and reboot for it to be able to handle the body's functions for the next day.
Insomnia can cause people to feel tired constantly. That makes it harder for your body to go about its daily activities. In fact, insomnia can cause fatigue, irritability, decreased memory and concentration and in worse cases, depression, and anxiety, according to Virtual Medical Care. Sure, there are options to treat Insomnia, but they could all be quite expensive. But, there's one hack that could actually work: by placing lavender in the bedroom.
See, we all know that lavender-infused products have established themselves in the market. Oils, bath salts, soaps, air diffusers, and what not. They all claim to have soothing and relaxing effects on you, too. Imagine if lavender extracts put into other products have such an effect on your body, the real plant would actually be a lot more effective. Also, research has proven that the scent of lavender is what you actually need to fall asleep and to reduce anxiety. It is also known to slow down your heart rate, drop your blood pressure and decrease your stress levels.
In Miami Miller School of Medicine, a study was carried out with babies, and it was found that the smell of lavender actually made the babies cry less, and also made them sleep better. It was also noted that their mothers also had a positive effect resulting from it. The mothers who were in the lavender oil bath group were found to be more relaxed, smiled more often and were very physically close to their children during the bath. The scent of lavender actually decreased the cortisol level (the stress hormone) in the mothers and their babies.
Another study conducted on 31 healthy sleepers showed lavender has a different effect on men and women. It was found that lavender had different effects on both men and women. For women, the scent of lavender was shown to increase light sleep and decrease rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after first falling asleep. The effect was the exact opposite with men, surprisingly. It was proven that lavender acts as a "mild sedative".
Sara Altshul explains why lavender is the plant to keep in your room through her the article Lavender – The Sweet Scent of Sleep. She explains how lavender was used in the past. She says, “During the Middle Ages, the herb was used as an aphrodisiac. John Parkinson, a 17th-century London apothecary, wrote that lavender is especially good for 'all griefs and pains of the head and brain'."
This explains why lavender is being used to induce sleep, now. Now that you know what to do if you want to feel sleepy, what's stopping you? Honestly, it is worth a try, right? Grab anything Lavender you see and try it out. If it works for you, then most of your problems in life will be sorted because there's nothing better than getting a little sleep. Sleep on it, and see how it turns out!