We've all been there.
You're trying to fall asleep, but you just can't seem to get comfortable.
The next thing you know, you're considering lighting a candle.
But is that really a good idea? After all, candles are open flames. What if you roll over in your sleep and set yourself on fire?
Don't worry, we're here to help!
Here are Some Do's and Don'ts for Sleeping with Candles
Hopefully, this will help you get a good night's sleep without any mishaps.
DO: Invest in flameless candles.
These are candles that look and smell like the real thing but don't actually have an open flame. That means they're much safer to use when you're trying to catch some Zs.
DON'T: Use strongly scented candles.
Sure, they might make your bedroom smell nice, but that fragrance can actually keep you awake.
In fact, some scents can be downright stimulating for some people (we’re looking at you, citrus).
If you want your candle to help you drift off into peaceful slumber, choose a scent that is known for its calming properties, like lavender or chamomile if you want to avoid tossing and turning all night long - because not all scents are created equal when it comes to relaxation.
DO: Put your candle in a safe place.
If you must use an open flame, make sure the candle is placed in a holder on a stable surface where it can't be knocked over easily. And of course, never leave a burning candle unattended.
DON'T: Put your candle near anything flammable.
This should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: Putting your candle near anything that can catch fire is a bad idea. That includes things like curtains, blankets, clothing, etc. Basically, if it's flammable, keep it far away from the flame!
DO: Snuff or blow out your candle before falling asleep.
This one is pretty self-explanatory but bears repeating nonetheless: Always snuff or blow out your candle before going to bed!
Otherwise, you run the risk of starting a fire.
But we get it – sometimes you just can’t keep your eyes open long enough to blow out your candle before falling asleep. But it’s important to do this anyway!
Leaving a candle burning unattended is never a good idea, even if it’s made with natural materials. So do yourself (and your home) a favor and make sure the candle is extinguished before hitting the hay.
DON'T: Use candles as a night light. Again, open flames and sleep don't mix well. If you need a night light, opt for an LED bulb instead of a flickering flame. Your insurance company will thank us later.
Candles can be used for many things—including helping you fall asleep—but only if used properly. Follow these simple dos and don'ts and you'll be snoozing soundly in no time...without any worries about starting a fire!
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