02 Sep Get better sleep by opening a window
Let’s face it–deep, quality sleep can be hard to come by on certain nights of your cycle. For instance, you may be bothered by menstrual cramps in your Week 1 or have restless sleep due to plunging estrogen dragging down levels of sleep-regulating serotonin in the first half of your Week 3 and throughout your premenstrual Week 4.
Well, now a new survey by the National Sleep Foundation suggests one way you can get better sleep no matter what day it is in your cycle: Air out your bedroom by opening the windows. Or at least try to give it a fresher scent, for instance, by cleaning (optimally with all-natural cleansers, like vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil) or using an air freshener (especially one that uses all-natural ingredients, like floral potpourri or an essential oil room spray). In the survey, folks who did just this reported getting sounder sleep thanks a pleasant scent’s ability to trigger deeper relaxation.
Bonus: Additional research shows that breathing in pleasant scents as you sleep improves your chances of having pleasant dreams!