We all know that lavender is the go-to scent for nighttime relaxation, but why do we spritz, slather, and spray it with wild abandon as opposed to, say, jasmine? The answer is that many of our body’s physiological functions, i.e., blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and organ functioning must slow down in order for us to fall asleep and progress through different sleep stages, Night Pillow
co-founder Kalle Simpson says. “Research (see this study
and this study
) suggests that lavender fragrance affects the human body by decreasing cortisol level, blood pressure, and heart rate,” she explains. This creates the state of relaxation needed to achieve rest. “Lavender fragrance can be especially beneficial for people dealing with anxiety, depression, or stress
to combat the elevated levels of cortisol and high blood pressure and heart rate
that can lead to disrupted sleep quality and insomnia,” Simpson notes. Here, a roundup of the best lavender-scented products to help usher you into a deep, restorative sleep.