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Smell the roses! - Nightmares? If you want sweet dreams, sleep with flowers in your bedroom?especially roses.

When volunteers slept with roses in their rooms, they reported having pleasant dreams, but the smell of rotten eggs had the opposite effect. BBC News quotes researcher Tim Jacob as saying, "Smell is the only sense that doesn't 'sleep.' Information continues to reach the limbic system of the brain and that includes the hippocampus, or memory area and the amygdala, that is involved with emotional response. Other senses have to pass through the 'gate' of the thalamus, which is closed when we sleep."

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