Beauty Sleep isn’t a myth; as the sun goes down our body moves from ‘defend’ to ‘repair’ mode, allowing it to focus on the vital process of regeneration and protection. Overnight our skin renewal rate almost doubles, collagen production rises, cell damage reverses and UV-induced damage is repaired, having a hugely beneficial impact on our complexion. But sleep isn’t just a vital ingredient for healthy looking skin – allowing our bodies to rest soundly has a positive impact on our our bodies and minds too. A good night’s sleep allows the brain to take in new information and strengthen our memories, as well as boosting our mood, energy level and ability to concentrate. If you think about it, sleep really is a magical process.
I’ve always been a relatively heavy sleeper, but I can find it hard to drift off if I’ve a lot on my plate and wake up at least once in the night with my mind racing. Over the years I’ve tried pretty much everything going, from sleepy teas and noise cancelling earbuds, to long baths and reading boring books, but the one thing that I always ensure is at arms reach on my bedside table is a good quality pillow mist.
What Is A Pillow Mist?
Essentially a pillow mist is a water-based spray that contains essential oils; before you go to sleep you spritz a little on your pillow to help relax your mind and get you in the best state for sleep. It’s relatively stripped back in formulation as the focus is on helping you drift away naturally, rather than using any kind of medication or prescription sleep aid.
How Does A Pillow Mist Work?
The aromas within pillow mists cause our bodies to produce melatonin, a hormone which promotes restful sleep. Numerous studies have been conducted confirming lavender’s use as an all-natural sedative, while chamomile has been shown to curb anxiety and depression; as a result, they tend to be the two most common used fragrances within pillow mists.
Do Pillow Mists Really Help You To Get To Sleep?
Around 1,200 clinical and sensory tests have been conducted over the years, indicating that a pillow mist is an effective sleep aid and an enjoyable part of a nighttime routine. A powerhouse in pillow mists, This Works conduct their own research regularly and currently claim that 89% of users fell asleep faster than usual, 97% slept better and 98% felt more refreshed the next morning. There’s probably a lot of placebo effect going on here, as the ritual of applying it is almost as good as the spray itself, but I’m all for sticking with anything I think helps – and this definitely does.
What Are The Best Pillow Mists To Try?
This Works are undoubtedly the king of this category, now offering all manner of different mists to either help you drift off or stay restful throughout the night; over the years I’ve used most of them and have gone through many bottles of the good stuff, but This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£18.00) remains a firm favourite. A trio of Lavender, Vetiver and Wild Camomile provides a beautiful scent that I breathe in deeply and am happy to re-apply night after night.
REN’s & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray (£18.00) combines Frankincense, Lavender, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang for a richer and more evocative experience that definitely helps to slow my mind and get me in the mood for rest. Unexpected but not overpowering, this doesn’t linger in the air if your partner isn’t into pillow sprays as much as you! Although I don’t find this has the staying power of This Works, it’s a beautiful pillow spray that definitely helps calm.
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist (£19.50) is also a beautiful spray that combines Lavender, Bergamot, Mandarin, Sweet Orange and Geranium; the result is a spray that feels more like a perfume than a fabric scent! The citrus notes are subtle and more comforting than energizing, ensuring this is a great addition to any bedside table.
If you’re after a more affordable alternative, then Feather & Down Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray (£5.60) ticks that box while still providing a great fragrance. A more simplified combination of Lavender and Chamomile, this definitely feels heavier and ‘clunkier’ so use it sparingly – but it does the job too, helping to relax the senses and aid drifting off to slumber.
A pillow spray is always on my bedside table because it plays a fundamental role in my pre-bed ritual. Spritzing on a little scent to my pillow helps tell my mind its time to relax, while breathing in deeply and appreciating the aromas aids the switching off process that’s so essential. I’ve been using them so long that my mind now associates those notes of Lavender and Chamomile with sleep, so it’s an immediate signal to start slowing down and start getting snuggly beneath the sheets.
We’re all obsessed with sleep, and trying to get more of it, but a simple pillow spray could be all you need to increase the quality, depth and length of your nighttime slumber. Why not try it for yourself!
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