As gross and deadly as cigarettes are, we get it—quitting is a long, painful, and overwhelming process. But what if it didn't have to be? What if you could kick your smoking habit without even being conscious you're doing it?
Believe it or not, a recent study shows that it's possible to quit smoking in your sleep. Here's how: Scientists monitored 66 participants overnight, and once the subjects fell into stage-two sleep—the phase that is most associated with learning and memory—researchers exposed the participants to the scent of cigarette smoke, immediately followed by gross smells like rotten eggs and fish. The following day, the participants smoked 48% less than the day before, and went on to smoke 34% less over the course of the week, as compared to the week before. This is all thanks to the power of sensory association, said the lead scientist on the study.
So grab a buddy devoted to getting you healthy, along with those mystery leftovers sitting in the back of your fridge, and get snoozing.
Once you've kicked the habit, replace those nasty scents with some sleep-inducing aromatherapy. Try Bath & Body Works' Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist ($12).
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