We know lemons provide a fresh scent when we cut them open, but lemons also provide a number of health benefits, by having them near you while you sleep.
1. Better breathing
Because lemons are full of anti-oxidants, they can help you breathe better. If you have a stuffy nose, breathing in the scent of the lemons will help clear your nose and help you sleep.
2. Stress relief
Lemons work as aromatherapy. The scent of lemon is associated with cleanliness, so aromatherapists use the tie-in with cleanliness to help people purge feelings of imperfection, impurity and to build up their confidence. So, the smell of citrus relaxes your brain waves and emotions.
3. Increased energy
Having lemons on your bedside can even make waking up in the morning less painful. Although waking up in the morning can be extremely hard, the smell of lemons can boost your brain’s serotonin levels, making you more eager to get up in the morning.
4. Better blood pressure
Because of a lemon's strong antidepressant properties, it increases positive moods and restores the balance of your emotions. The scent of lemons is also a tonic for the heart, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure. It protects against heart palpitations, tachycardia, and heart attacks.
5. Better air quality
Even if your house doesn't smell bad, the scent of lemons in the air can improve the air quality of the room. If you do have strong scents that you want to get rid of, lemon is perfect and can take on huge jobs. It has been proven that the scent of lemon can get rid of the scent of paint fumes. Better air quality means a better night's sleep.
You probably don't think you should be focusing before bed, but that could be exactly what you need. If you find yourself having a million scattered thoughts right when you try to fall asleep, concentration is what you need.
Luckily, the scent of lemons can give this to you. Its aromatherapy properties can act as a refresher to your brain when you breathe it in, causing you to relax and focus on getting a good night's sleep.
7. Repels insects
Lemons contain high levels of a compound called citronellal, which gives it its lemony aroma and flavor that bugs find so unpleasant. So, having it beside your bed will ensure no flies or mosquitoes will be buzzing around your ears all night, keeping you awake.
It literally could not be any easier. Simply make a few slices in a lemon and place it on a nearby side table or dresser, and watch it work it's magic. Replace the lemon when it starts to dry out.