Get better sleep by opening a window

My Hormonology

Get better sleep by opening a window

My HormonologyLet’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!


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