Is it Safe to Burn Incense While Sleeping?
The question of whether it's safe to burn incense while sleeping has been around for a long time. It's true that incense is a great way to relax and help you fall asleep. The smell of lavender can be particularly calming because it calms the mind and reduces stress levels in your body before bedtime.
However, there are some risks associated with burning incense while sleeping so let's take a look at why this might be an issue.
It's better to burn incense before sleeping to avoid the risks of fire
Incense is a popular way to create atmosphere and fragrance in your home, but is it safe? After all, incense is a fire hazard. If you're burning incense for too long or unsupervised, there's a chance that your home could become engulfed in flames. Here’s why you should never burn incense while sleeping.
- Burning the wrong kind of incense can cause fires
- Incense smoke contains toxic chemicals that are dangerous when breathed in for a long time
- Even if you don't burn too much of it at once, inhaling the smoke from burning incense can irritate your airways and lungs, causing allergic reactions and sensitivity to essential oils
Prolonged exposure to incense can be harmful to your health
Continuous exposure to incense smoke can be dangerous for your health. Even if you don't have respiratory problems, inhaling too much incense smoke over an extended period of time can irritate your lungs and throat.
Burning incense at night while you sleep can be risky, especially if you're using an electric fan or air conditioner to help circulate the smoke throughout your home. Incense smoke might irritate your respiratory system if burned for too long without supervision, and excessive smoke exposure may cause coughing and wheezing.
If the fire hazard isn't enough to scare you away from burning incense in your home, consider this: some studies have found that low-quality incense cones contain carcinogens (chemicals known to cause cancer). If you’re not sure where your incense came from, there’s a chance that you may have cheap or fake incense cones that contain other toxic chemicals.
The list of potentially harmful substances includes formaldehyde—which is used by embalmers to preserve dead bodies—and benzene—a known carcinogen found in gasoline fumes that have been linked to leukemia when breathed in at high levels over long periods of time.
Opt for essential oil diffusers or burn incense before sleeping
It is true that burning incense can be relaxing, especially when it comes to scents such as lavender, which calms the mind before sleep.
However, if you're worried about the potential health effects of inhaling additional smoke after a long day, there are other ways to enjoy incense in your home that won't cause you any harm:
- Get an essential oil diffuser. Essential oils are distilled from plants and contain volatile aromatic compounds that make up the essential oil in each plant. When you add water and heat them up with an electric device called an aromatherapy diffuser, those chemicals evaporate into the air where they can do their job of clearing out bad smells while providing some pleasant aromas as well. If you're looking for something specifically geared towards relaxation (and therefore ideal for nighttime use), try something like lavender oil or orange peel extract—they're both known for their calming effect on people's minds.
- Burn incense before sleeping. You don’t need to burn incense all night to benefit from aromatherapy. Using lavender-scented incense cones can help promote wellness and relaxation before sleep. You can burn them for 30 minutes, put them out, discard of the cones safely, and then go to bed without the risk of fire hazards or harming your health.
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In the end, it’s best to be careful and have a healthy respect for the power of incense. Burning incense is a great way to relax and unwind, but it can also pose some risks if you don’t take care of how you burn it or what kind of incense you use.
As long as you keep an eye on your surroundings while burning incense—and don’t let anyone else do so under supervision—you should be fine!
It's also important to choose high-quality incense; cheap incense can contain chemicals that can irritate someone's airways and cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Our backflow incense cones are made with all-natural ingredients and come with 10X aromatic scents that can help increase your quality of sleep.