Fast Asleep Pillow Mist - 50ml ScentScientists
Trialed and tested, Three ingredients in this carefully assembled formula have been proven to produce sleep inducing hormones. Premium French Lavender Oil, Juniper Oil from Croatia, and Ambrette seed oil.
Lavender affects neural pathways,
Lavender has a ‘calming-down’ effect which helps control and reduces anxiety. It has been shown to affect several different nerve transmission pathways.
- Lavender stimulates the GABA neurotransmitter pathway.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a chemical-messenger molecule, acting within the brain, peripheral and autonomic nerves. GABA activates GABA receptors found on the surface of nerve and brain cells.
Therefore lavender, by activating GABA receptors, has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Lavender also has an inhibitory effect on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), via the activation of histamine receptors.
The SNS is our ‘fight, fright and flight’ mechanism, which is switched on when we are under threat. When we are stressed or anxious, the SNS is stuck in overdrive. Lavender seems to have a calming effect on the SNS.
Various studies have examined the effect of lavender on the sleep cycle, and some have had positive findings.
For example, a 2005 American study reported the effects of lavender oil on the sleep cycle of 31 adults. Study participants inhaled either lavender or distilled water, at around 11 pm, on 3 consecutive nights. Sleep recordings were taken, and data was recorded about sleep and mood.
In both men and women, inhalation of lavender increased the percentage of slow-wave (deep) sleep. In women, the use of lavender increased stage 2-light sleep and decreased REM sleep. The length of time to the first waking in the night in women (wake after first onset sleep latency) was also increased.
Juniper Berry Oil.
The smell of juniper berries offers emotional support and reduce physical and emotional signs of stress. Considered in folklore as a natural anxiety remedy, some sources claim it’s one of the most effective essential oils for dealing with inner trauma and pain because juniper may have positive effects on relaxation responses in the brain when inhaled.
One study tested an essential oil fragrance that combined juniper berry essential oil with sandalwood, rose and orris. Examining its effect on insomniacs who were taking medication for their condition, researchers found that 26 of the 29 subjects were able to reduce their drug dosage when using the essential oil fragrance at night. Twelve subjects were able to eliminate medications altogether.