The best pillow sprays to help towards the perfect night’s sleep

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge rise in anxiety and inevitably resulting in many sleepless nights, so it’s no wonder sales of sleep mists are booming right now. In fact, according to The Sleep Council over half of UK respondents have struggled with sleep during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Understanding that we need more sleep isn’t going to suddenly help us drift off, sometimes we need that little extra help to guarantee a good night sleep. The concept behind a sleep mist is that you spritz them on your pillows before getting into bed, which encourages your mind and body to relax, taking in the powerful blends of essential oils.

Why are pillow mists helpful?

Lavender is usually the key essential oil in most sleep mists due to the natural sedative effect that it has on the brain. Studies have shown it to have effects on reducing blood pressure and helps the body to produce melatonin – the hormone that promotes restful sleep.

Although, if you’re not a fan of the smell of this herb, don’t be quick to brush off sleep mists entirely. There’s a variety out there to choose from with alternative blends of botanicals that will do similar jobs.

Here are a few of the best sleep mists that will aid in unwinding and drifting off to a perfect night sleep…

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Pic: This Works

Aimed to provide a rejuvenating and relaxing deep sleep, this award-winning sleep mist has been helping men, women and children (suitable for children from three months onwards) for many years. Formulated with lavender, camomile and vetiver oil, it encourages you to drift off with ease. It’s a must-have for your night-time routine!

If you’re worried about spraying this around your pets, don’t be! It’s even safe to use on pets, ideal for settling them into their new surroundings and keeping them relaxed. 

Shop This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, 75ml at LookFantastic, £19.50

L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist
L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist. Pic: L’Occitane

Simply from the first spritz of this sleep mist, it will transport you to French fields of lavender that this scent is derived from. It’s blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange, and geranium work together to help you unwind and encourage relaxation. To avoid this spray being overwhelming, aim to spray it on your bed linen fifteen minutes before entering your room to let the scent settle in.

Shop L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist, 100ml at John Lewis, £16.50

Neal’s Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist
Neal’s Yard Remedies Pillow Mist. Pic: Neal’s Yard Remedies

Best known for their natural, organic and ethical health and beauty products, Neal’s Yard’s Remedies are the UKs first certified organic health and beauty brand. This award-winning bedtime mist is guaranteed to improve your night’s sleep from its first use. Its blend of organic lavender, mandarin, and vetiver essential oils promote calmness for a peaceful night sleep. Once sprayed 30cm away from your skin or pillow, let the mist settle in before climbing into bed and prepare to feel refreshed and radiant when you wake up!

Shop Neal’s Yard Remedies Pillow Mist, 45ml at Neal’s Yard Remedies, £15

REN Clean Skincare & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray
REN Clean Skincare & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray. Pic: REN Cleak Skincare

This hypnotic mist is ideal for those who need help ‘switching off’ before getting to bed. Its formula focuses on frankincense as opposed to lavender with other sleep mists. This is a brilliant ingredient that has been used since ancient times to reduce anxiety, relax the mind, relieve inner tension, as well as contributing to achieving a healthy sleeping pattern. As this spray doesn’t have as fine of a mist as the other sleep sprays, ensure you spritz it on your bed linen from a distance – the last thing you want is a drenched pillow!

Shop REN Clean Skincare & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray, 75ml at John Lewis, £19

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist. Pic: Aromatherapy Associates

Known for their essential oil blends made from the finest sourced ingredients from all over the world, this sleep spray is guaranteed for a perfect sleep. Let your body and mind relax through a restful slumber when you add this mist to your nightly routine. Formulated with sandalwood, chamomile and vetiver, it will help relax busy minds whilst easing anxieties. This relaxing mist can be paired with a shower their Deep Relax Shower and Bath Oil, or used independently minutes before slipping into bed.

Shop Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist, 50ml at John Lewis, £28

ESPA Connection Pillow Mist 
ESPA Connection Pillow Mist. Pic: ESPA

Rest easily with this fairly recent addition to the ESPA family with its relaxing pillow mist. It has been formulated with eight natural essential oils that are renowned for their aphrodisiac properties. Designed to provide a sense of intimacy, closeness and wellbeing, the blend of Ylang Ylang, sandalwood, Jasmine and Patchouli does just that. Unlike the other sleep mists this was created to be used on your body as well as in the air around you and on linens.

Shop ESPA Connection Pillow Mist, 100ml at ESPA, £24

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