The body needs to get enough sleep to properly function, according to the NHS.
Not getting enough sleep is bad for both your physical and mental health, it said.
You’re more at risk of some deadly complications if you usually struggle to get a good, quality night’s sleep, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Filling your bedroom with a certain smell could help you to fall asleep faster, scientists have claimed.
Smelling lavender before bed could help you to get a better night’s sleep, it’s been revealed.
The shrub could help you to have a deeper sleep, while also making you feel more vibrant the next morning.
It works by lowering your blood pressure, and subsequently putting you into a more relaxed state.
If you often struggle to get to sleep, try adding a few lavender-scented oils to your bedroom, said the National Sleep Foundation.
“While you’re designing a bedroom for better rest, don’t leave your nose out of the picture,” it said.
“Interestingly, there is some evidence that certain smells may have an effect on your sleep.
“Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, potentially putting you in a more relaxed state.
“Researchers monitored the brain waves of subjects at night and found that those who sniffed lavender before bed had more deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning.
“Of course, lavender is not a cure for insomnia, but having oils, candles, or sachets in your room could be a calming part of your bedtime routine.”
Whether it’s lavender or not, it’s best to fill your bedroom with a smell that you like, it added.
Most importantly, keep your bedroom clean, and use laundry detergents with a pleasant smell.
You could also fall asleep faster by eating certain foods before bedtime, it’s been claimed.
If you’re hungry late at night, pumpkin seeds are a great snack.
Chicken, turkey, peanuts, beans and milk all have sleep-promoting chemicals, according to The Sleep Council.
You should avoid clock-watching in the night if you’re struggling to get to sleep.
Stressing over how many hours you’ve lost while trying to sleep will make falling asleep even harder.
Published at Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:26:00 +0000