One word of caution if you have pets that help themselves to your bed and/or your food: garlic is toxic to dogs and cats. You probably don’t want to leave any cloves under your pillow when you’re not in bed, just in case. A small amount of garlic in food swiped off your plate is probably not a big deal, but a whole clove could make your furry friend quite sick. In any case, it is most effective for sleep to use a fresh clove of garlic under your pillow every night.
Garlic offers a ton of health benefits, whether you eat it or sleep with it. Perhaps you’ll want to do both. Whether or not you are a big believer in folk remedies, many people who struggle with sleep have found success using garlic. They say that once you get used to having the smell of garlic in your bedroom, it becomes quite calming. We do recommend wrapping your clove in a bit of paper towel, because garlic releases oil when crushed and can do a number on your bed sheets.