We all have our own techniques and methods for dropping off to sleep, and for us, one of our favourite methods is the best pillow sprays. If you’re having trouble switching off at bedtime, a soothing pillow spray could induce sleep much faster than counting sheep. After all, they’re packed full of essential oils that help ease stress and anxiety to ease you into a restful night's sleep. So when you have found the best pillow for you, the finishing touch is a little pillow mist to make sure you have a slumber that supports you and helps you sleep deeply.
If you've tried earplugs, silk pillowcases, and meditation, then you could try a sleep spray or pillow mist. These can all help to create the right sleeping environment for you, especially if you struggle to sleep in hot weather. To be specific, they work by using a blend of essential oils that encourage your mind and body to relax and destress. Research suggests the aromas cause our bodies to produce melatonin, a hormone that promotes restful sleep.
Best pillow spray at a glance
• Editor's pick: Pacifica, Lavender Moon Body and Pillow Mist - View on Cult Beauty
• Best overall pillow spray: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - View on Amazon UK
• Award-winning spray: Tisserand Aromatherapy Sleep Better Pillow Mist - View on Amazon UK
• Budget pillow spray: Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Pillow Mist Spray - View on Avon
Simply spritz a few pumps of your favourite sleep spray over your memory foam pillow or pillow of choice and sheets. This should be done 15 to 30 minutes before you go to bed to allow the essential oils to settle. Not only will they help you fall asleep quicker, but the oils will be re-released into the atmosphere as you move around in your sleep. Here, they'll ensure you stay in a deep slumber throughout the night. You'll wake up feeling refreshed and recharged after such a good night's rest.
With so many different choices available to buy, we've rounded up some of the best pillow sprays to help you find the best pillow spray for you. They will send you off into a peaceful night’s slumber.
Best pillow sprays
Best overall pillow spray
A calming blend of lavender, vetivert and chamomile, this award-winning pillow mist promises to
- Best-selling, natural spray
- A soothing and calming blend
- Reduces sleep anxiety
Spray! And, relax… Packed with powerful essential oils, Pacifica's Lavender Moon Pillow Mist is a
- Fresh, natural scent
- Packed with essential oils
- Eight-hour relaxation
- Mixed reviews
Best pillow spray with chamomile
Feather & Down's sleep mist infusion of lavender and chamomile will soothe your anxiety and allow
- Calming scent
- Lovely smell
- Not overwhelming
- Mixed reviews
Best award-winning spray
This award-winning 100 per cent natural pillow spray is a pure blend of jasmine, sandalwood and
- Natural and pure oil
- Dreamy blend for sleep
- Unique, calming and comforting
- Can come without lids
- Not strong enough for some
Best premium pillow spray
L'Occitane's sleep spray aims to promote relaxation and well-being with the divine scent of this
- Promotes relaxation and well-being
- Improves overall sleep
- Fleeting smell
Best travel size pillow spray
Suitable for all sleepers, this pillow mist's soothing blend of frankincense, hops and lavender is
- Calming and soothing
- Spray and switch off
- Reduces anxiety
- Not strong for some
Best smelling pillow spray
The Neom Organics Pillow Mist is made from a blend of 19 organic essential oils from English
- Calming and relaxing
- Only need one spray
- Small bottle
- Pricey for some
Best budget pillow spray
Featuring the relaxing scents of lavender and chamomile, this affordable pillow mist is popular
- Recyclable bottle
- Relaxing aroma
- Fresh, natural essential oils
- Too subtle for some
Best pillow mist that doubles as a body spray
This body spray went viral when it was first launched, with customers praising its use as a pillow
- Great blend
- Cult-sell out
- Body spray
Best calming pillow spray
Supremely popular with customers, we also love This Works pillow spray for getting us off to sleep
- Lasts for a while
- Lovely scent profile
Best affordable organic pillow spray
It's billed as a lavender pillow spray, but it also includes other essential oils to help you
- Aromatic and relaxing
- Organic and calming
- Packed with essential oils
- Dodgy nozzle
- Fleeting scent
Best spray with Eucalyptus
Not only is this gorgeous lavender pillow spray scientifically proven to help you get a better
- Strong and pure oils
- Healing and refreshing
- Settles after five mins
FAQs: Best pillow sprays
How do the best pillow sprays work?
This Works has a range of sleep sprays including Deep Sleep and Sleep Together (both featured in our list below). They have conducted extensive research into how and why pillow mists are so effective at helping us get to sleep.
This Works says: "We decided to support an independent functional MRI (fMRI) brain-scan study, led by world-leading neuroscientist and medical doctor, Professor Gaby Badre. During the study, two fragrances were tested and both were found to activate the regions of the brain linked to smell. However, our Deep Sleep fragrance also activated specific areas of the brain associated with pleasure and calmness, enabling the research team to propose that the fragrance could evoke feelings of social comfort, trust, and calmness - conceivably impacting sleep."
Michael J. Breus, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. On his Sleep Doctor blog, he writes about the power of lavender in helping us to sleep:
"Lavender works as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever) and as a sedative, to increase relaxation and calm, and help bring about sleep. Lavender interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA to help quiet the brain and nervous system activity, reducing agitation, anger, aggression, and restlessness."
Are pillow sprays safe?
In short, yes. Pillow sprays are safe for most adults. Like with many products, it's important to avoid contact with the eyes. These sprays are also not meant to be applied to the skin, so they may cause an allergic reaction for those with skin sensitivity. If they do get on your skin, wash with soap and water and seek medical attention if a rash occurs.
When it comes to keeping our pillows safe, these sprays are safe to use on most fabrics. If however, you have a silk pillowcase, do not use a pillow spray as this could ruin the fabric.
Do pillow sprays affect allergies?
Allergies that affect you at night are usually down to dust and mites in your bedding. So, make sure you're regularly washing your bedding at a high temperature.
If you are finding your allergies are being set off by your new pillow spray, it could be that you are allergic to lavender. This is a very common allergy that could cause itchiness, redness, rashes and in some cases sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and itchy eyes. Try a pillow spray that doesn't contain lavender to see if this is what is setting you off.
What are popular scents for improved sleep?
There are some essential oils that are renowned for stress relief and helping you drift off to sleep; check out the ingredients of your chosen sleep pillow spray and look for one that features these oils:
Lavender: This soothing scent has been a traditional help for relaxation and sleeps for centuries. Lavender pillow sprays are so popular that there have been numerous scientific studies into them; it's been shown to help with anxiety and depression, and has a sedative effect, helping you fall into a good night's sleep.
Vanilla: A very familiar scent, but usually related to cakes and baking. Vanilla also has a sedative effect, so is great for getting you to sleep. Particularly good if the smell of cookies usually relaxes you.
Rose and Geranium: Both floral scents are known to help reduce stress and anxiety. A pillow spray with either or both of these oils will ease your body and mind at bedtime.
Jasmine: Sweet and floral with great sleep-inducing qualities. Studies have shown it increases the quality of your sleep, reducing restlessness, and also increasing alertness during the day too.
Does it have to be a lavender sleep spray?
Not everyone loves the smell of lavender and it might not be what you want to smell when you're drifting off to sleep. Essential oils in pillow mists and sleep sprays all work differently for different people. Try different scents out to discover one which works best for you.
While lavender is definitely one of the most popular and well-known essential oils when it comes to deep sleep pillow sprays and relaxation, it's not the only one. There are lots of other scents and oils that are also used for helping you get some rest.
DIY: Make your own pillow spray
If you want to make your own concoction of relaxing essential oils for your pillow, you can always have a go at making your own homemade batch of pillow sprays. We've taken some inspiration from A Beautiful Mess with this method.
You will need:
A clear mist bottle (glass or plastic)
3 essential oils (Lavender, chamomile and orange work really well together)
Use the funnel to add 20 drops of lavender oil, 15 drops of wild orange and 10 drops of chamomile to your bottle. Fill the rest with distilled water. Shake before each use.
Are there any alternatives to pillow sprays?
If you don't fancy a pillow mist, or find the scent too strong, there are other ways to get the scent of relaxing essential oils into your bedroom to relax and induce sleep. Here are some of our favourite alternatives to pillow sprays:
Nathan Katnoria is a digital writer at Heatworld and Closer, with writing credits for Yours and Mother&Baby.
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