If you’re not using a pillow spray, you should be. A good night’s sleep is a vital part of any wellness regime - when we sleep, our body undergoes vital processes of regeneration. Collagen production increases and UV-induced damage is repaired while we snooze, making sleep a key step in any skincare routine. But sleep isn’t just for beautiful skin - a good night’s rest allows our brains to retain new information and strengthen memories, increase our energy levels and improve concentration.
Among the many natural sleep aids out there, pillow sprays are a safe and inexpensive choice. These little spray bottles contain ingredients that relax the body and induce sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a consistent nighttime routine and an optimal sleep environment are natural ways to get more and better sleep. Spritzing your pillow with a pillow mist can be considered part of a relaxing ritual before bed, signaling to your brain that it’s time to wind down.
If you’re someone who struggles falling asleep, a pillow spray can act as a natural sedative to help you fall asleep faster. Even if you don’t have any trouble falling asleep, the ingredients in pillow sprays can help you achieve a deeper sleep.
Do Pillow Mists Work?
Research has shown that aromatherapy does appear to be effective for promoting sleep and improving sleep quality. Pillow sprays work by using sleep-inducing aromas like lavender, causing our bodies to produce melatonin (a hormone that promotes sleep) which helps us fall asleep faster and sleep deeper.
Are Pillow Sprays Safe?
While pillow sprays are generally considered safe, you should choose a spray made with 100% essential oils, as it will come in contact with your hair, skin and eyes. Pillow sprays are generally diluted with carrier oils, but those with sensitive skin may find them irritating. A patch test may be helpful in determining if you’ll have a topical allergic reaction. If you have any preexisting conditions or are pregnant, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor prior to adding a pillow spray to your routine.
What Should I Spray On My Pillow?
When selecting a pillow spray, opt for one with a blend of essential oils containing ingredients that promote relaxation, like vetiver, lavender or chamomile. However, when it comes to sleep, one ingredient is king. “Lavender is ideal,” says sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo, “A clinical trial noted that just after 15 days of inhalation at bedtime, anxiety reduced by 19%”. Among common pillow spray components, lavender is perhaps the ingredient that has been studied the most - a 2012 review that evaluated eight studies concluded that lavender oil may be beneficial for inducing sleep. Another 2015 study found that people who practiced good sleep hygiene and wore a patch with lavender oil at night had better sleep quality compared with those who only practiced healthy sleep hygiene.
European Spa Source’s Eucalyptus + Lavender Pillow Spray uses pure essential oils of the highest quality and is the perfect addition to your nighttime routine. Simply spritz it on your pillow at bedtime and you’ll be nodding off in no time. You may also spray it on your bedsheets, pajamas, or use it as a room spray to help you fall asleep faster, reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality.