4 relaxing scents for better sleep

Did you know that smells—both good and bad—can affect your sleep?

Curious why lavender helps you feel relaxed? Research suggests that there are certain scents, derived from the essential oils of plants, that may be particularly effective for reducing stress and anxiety. Here’s a look at the top four calming fragrances for better sleep.


Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is perhaps the most widely researched fragrance. Numerous studies confirm its calming, soothing, and sedative effects.6 That’s why we’ve created Breathe Right® Lavender-scented nasal strips, which combine the calming scent of lavender with our proven Breathe Right® technology to help relieve your stuffy nose and relax for better sleep.


The geranium plant is native to southern Africa. The essential oil, which is taken from the leaves, smells like roses and can help relieve stress.3


Bergamot is a type of orange tree that grows in Italy. The essential oil comes from the peel of the orange and can help relieve anxiety.4


Varieties of chamomile can be found in Europe, North America, and Argentina. The scent is widely used in products like perfumes and lotions to promote calm and relaxation.5


  1. Smell: What You Breathe Affects Sleep. (n.d.)., https://sleepfoundation.org/bedroom/smell.php. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  2. Scents for Relaxation and Sleep. (n.d.), https://sleep.org/articles/scents-for-relaxation/. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  3. Geranium (n.d.), http://www.cancer.gov/common/popUps/popDefinition.aspx?id=CDR0000462680&version=Patient&language=English. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  4. Roman Chamomile. (n.d.), from http://www.cancer.gov/common/popUps/popDefinition.aspx?id=CDR0000462682&version=Patient&language=English. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  5. Bergamot. (n.d.), http://www.cancer.gov/common/popUps/popDefinition.aspx?id=CDR0000462666&version=Patient&language=English. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  6. Koulivand, Peir Hossein, et al. “Lavender and the Nervous System.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/. Retrieved June 20, 2018.