Sniff with caution

Sniff with caution

Did you know ... We are affected by smells even when we sleep. In a study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, over one hundred college students were tested while they slept. The students experienced an increase in heart rate and brain wave activity when different scents were introduced. It turns out that we are highly sensitive to smells, even if we are not consciously smelling a scent.

Sniff with caution

Dr. Jan Born, from the University of Lubeck in Germany, found new memories can be consolidated while subjects sleep. He and his team introduced the scent of roses during a memory game to volunteers, while others were not exposed to the scent. Then later, during sleep, the same volunteers who smelled the rose scent were set up on an MRI machine and again introduced to the rose essence. Not only did the rose-exposed volunteers remember 97.2% of the memory tasks, as compared to 86% accuracy in the non-scent recipients, it was also observed that the part of the brain associated with learning was activated when exposed to the rose smell only during deep-wave sleep.

Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona studied subliminal scents. He was interested in the connection of all the toxic molecules floating around in our unclean environment and the impact they have on our nervous system. He believed the connection between our sense of smell and our physical, emotional and mental health is something to be taken seriously. Olfactory scientists, Dr. Charles Wysocki, from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadephia, explained that when we smell something, the scent of combination of scents is received by part of your brain, the limbic system, which is directly involved in regulating body functions as well as controlling our emotions.

Apparently, what we smell has a tremendous impact on our mental and physical well-being. All the more reason to be eco-conscious and an advocate for a cleaner planet!

Awaken your senses ... Live a fit life!

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