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How to get a good night’s sleep

OK, so… I’m a bit of a night owl and I have to say, I find it difficult to fall asleep most nights – and then I’m kicking myself when the alarm goes off at 6am, and I end up dragging myself out of bed (after I have hit snooze a few times, of course)!

Does this sound familiar for you too?? If so, keep reading…

I don’t know why I do it, because when I DO manage to get up early (or at least on time)… I love it! On weekends I find there is so much time to get “stuff” done and I can actually sit back and enjoy my coffee – not to mention, I just al around FEEL better… sooo while learning about sleep in a recent Psychology class, the fact that I wanted to kick my bad habit resurfaced in my thoughts – I often relate what I learn in my studies to my life, and this is what happens :) As a result, in my research for an assignment, I stumbled across this interesting study by the Wheeling Jesuit University…

I was pleased to learn that there is a natural remedy that “claims” to not only help you get a more restful night’s sleep, but also decrease anxiety and increase mental performance!

Putting on my critical thinking cap… according to this study, the luscious scent of Jasmine has a positive effect on our quality of sleep. Jasmin was tested against Lavender specifically, because of previous claims that both induce a calming effect. The results of the study found that Jasmin was much more effective than Lavender in that it “led to greater sleep efficiency and reduced sleep movement. While “there were no differences in the total amount of sleep,” the scent of Jasmin “led to a greater quality rather than quantity of sleep.”

I bet Jasmin essential oil will work just the same! I guess I will just have to hit up my favourite natural wellness store to pick some up, maybe I’ll put it in a spray bottle and spritz my pillow and sheets! I friggen LOVE essential oils! I can’t wait to try it out this week… stay tuned in a few for my results :)

– B

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