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Say Goodbye to Sleepless Nights! 10 Essential Oils That Help You Sleep Soundly.

I can vividly recall all those sleepless nights where I was unable to sleep due to pressure from the work, family and a general deterioration in health. Sleep is an important part of our health mechanism but most of us find it extremely difficult to sleep due to stress and pressures of the life.

Long commute times, eating and drinking late in the night, consuming caffeine, failing to deliver on time and thinking about our next meeting are all the factors most of us face every day.

The result of this stress is lack of sleep or quality sleep.

Not being able to fall asleep leads to increased stress levels and bad moods. Taking medication for sleep comes with its own share of side effects.

So, if you’re looking for a healthy way of promoting sleep you should opt for essential oils.

When all else methods fail to help you have a good sleep, try essential oils.

My own personal experience with lack of sleep pushed me to research and find new ways of hacking the sleep. I read almost every good quality book on how to hack the sleep and get sufficient and refreshing sleep during the night.

I tried from meditation, hypnosis, using special sleep curtains to darkening rooms to pitch black. Though almost every method worked but what I found more refreshing and relaxing was the use of oils for sleep.

So if you do not want to use any medication, listen to hours of sleep music, here are some tips for you to use some essential oils for having a good quality sleep:

Let’s get your bedroom ready for a good quality sleep!

Before using any oil, it is important to find a best oil essential oil diffuser.1

Setting up the environment through a good quality essential oil diffuser is important because it can detox the room environment and add more aroma and…

Why Can’t People Smell Themselves?

Shannon D. asks: How come people who smell really bad can never seem to smell their own stench?

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Have you ever sat next to a woman on a bus who lost her sense of smell? Or, at least, you assume so as the eye-watering fragrance wafting from her perfume is so overpowering that the nausea it induces makes you appreciate the subtle scent of a dryer sheet… If so, you might wonder, what causes a person to become blind to their own smell?

Technically referred to as olfactory fatigue, olfactory habituation, or odor adaptation, being “nose-blind” might appear to be something of a defect, but the ability to have the scent of a specific fragrance (such as your own) dwindle over time is very beneficial. Imagine tip-toeing through the tulips, enjoying the lovely aroma around you along with your own equally lovely stench. If these smells didn’t diminish over time, you might miss the new smell of a cougar about to use you as a tasty meal. Or, perhaps you’re the hunter and are trying to pick up the scent of your prey. In these sorts of scenarios that our sweaty, hunter-gatherer ancestors with deodorantless armpits frequently found themselves in, scanning for new smells was much more useful than continuing to experience their own. The drawback is, of course, in more modern times perfume-Peggy doesn’t realize the overpowering nature of her cougar-scent…

But how does this work?

To begin with, in the back of your nasal cavity, about 2 ¾ inches or 7 centimeters above and behind your nostrils, lies a special grouping of cells called olfactory epithelium. These cells are attached to the olfactory bulb within the brain by olfactory neurons. At the end of each neuron lies a receptor cell. When microscopic molecules circulating within the air or molecules broken down in the act of chewing your food come into contact with a receptor cell, they attach. The process is called protein-ligand binding. Once attached, it will cause an electrical signal to be transmitted down the neuron to your brain. The signal your brain receives gives us the perception of smell.

There are around 350 genes (from the nearly 1,000 olfactory genes) that make olfactory receptors. Each gene produces a different type of receptor. Each specific receptor will react to a specific group of structurally similar molecules- molecules from coffee, tomatoes, or Peggy’s generously applied perfume, for example. A combination of several different receptors being activated will also be perceived as a different type of smell. In this way, your body can distinguish countless number of different odors.

(And note: it was once thought that humans were only able to recognize around 10,000 different fragrances. Dr. Leslie Vosshall and her colleagues at Rockefeller University, however, have recently shown humans are actually able to detect at least 1 trillion different smells, and this number might be too low by a long shot. Dr. Vosshall’s study only used 128 different types of odor molecules to achieve the nearly 1 trillion different sensations of smell. She points out that there are many more odor compounds found in…