When sleep just won’t come, the effects really drag on. Whether it’s a poorly timed yawn or a desperate 8am coffee craving, an interrupted forty-winks has many unwelcome ways of catching up with us. If you often find yourself struggling to doze off, you may already be acquainted with pillow sprays, but can these magical sleep mists really cut down the time we spend counting sheep?
Calling pillow mists a problem sleeper’s cure-all would be a sweeping statement to say the least. There simply isn’t enough robust scientific evidence around them yet, not to mention that insomnia and irregular sleep patterns can have a variety of complex origins. If you are struggling with a persistent lack of sleep, we would always recommend reaching out to your GP for specialist medical advice.
However, this doesn’t negate the perks of owning a pillow mist entirely. In fact, what we do know about their benefits is encouraging. Usually made from a blend of lavender, camomile and vetiver, these smartly scented sleep sprays work by harnessing the power of aromatherapeutic essential oils that are said to reduce anxiety and increase melatonin (the hormone which promotes a more restful snooze.) At best, you will find yourself dozing off more easily and waking up more refreshed; at the very least, these dreamy scents will leave your sheets smelling fresh and floral.
Whether you’re ready to introduce pillow sprays into your night-time routine or simply want a speedy way to revive your sheets, click ahead for our shortlist of calming night mists designed to help you fall asleep faster.
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ThisWorks Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, £23
Living up to its name, this fast-acting and motion-activated pillow mist not only helps you doze off quicker but gradually releases sleep-inducing aromas as you move throughout the night. This mist not only helps you settle down faster, but it also helps you to stay asleep for longer.
Pillow Mist with CBD
OTO CBD Pillow Mist, £79
Relieve pre-sleep stress with a few sprays this soothing 20% CBD formula. With a unique blend of Ayurvedic botanicals, this luxe pillow mist is designed to be inhaled throughout the night so you can wake up feeling refreshed and restored.
Jo Malone London Lavender & Moonflower Pillow Mist 50ml
Given that the specific scent of a pillow mist plays such a significant role in sending you to sleep, who better to hit all the right notes than iconic British perfume house Jo Malone? This beautifully bottled mist combines calming camomile with moonflowers and white musk; a night of sound sleep has never smelt better.
Votary Pillow Spray Lavender and Chamomile, £35
At first glance, pillow mists may seem like an odd venture for a plant-powered skincare brand like Votary, but they do call it beauty sleep for a reason. As co-founder Arabella Preston points out, your skin is only as good as your last night’s sleep.
NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist (30ml)
Combining the power of 14 essential oils, a single spritz of this very mellow mist will help your mind to unwind. Still not feeling the soporific effects? It is also available as a body balm and candle to envelope your skin and space in its soothing scent.
Therapie Slumber Pillow Spray, £29
Developed by a legendary aromatherapist, this sleep mist combines relaxing hemp oil with classic aromatherapeutic lavender and camomile. The result? A restorative evening ritual enhanced by soft and gentle calming ingredients.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist, £15
We’d know these beautiful blue bottles anywhere, but did you know that beyond their bestselling skincare, Neal’s Yard Remedies has a range of tranquilly scented sleep solutions? Creating a calming cloud around your safe space with the help of organic lavender, vetiver and mandarin essential oils.
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist, £29
Made famous by its cult favourite Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, Aromatherapy Associates really know their stuff when it comes to the art of winding down. Simply spritz over your body and sheets before getting into bed and vetiver, camomile and sandalwood will take care of the rest.
The Body Shop Sleep Calming Pillow Mist, £18
From butters to balms, we trust The Body Shop’s brilliantly scented range to take care of our skin and body so why not extend that to our bedtime routine? made with Made from 90% natural ingredients, this pillow spray showcases the star ingredient of sound sleeping, the French lavender, alongside Madagascan vetiver oil and The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade organic olive oil from Italy.
Susanne Kaufmann Pillow Spray Calming, £20
Scent your safe space with this light and lovely blend of lavender and orange oils. The stress-busting aroma not only smells incredible, but the added citrus notes clear your airways for an even more restful night’s sleep.
Baylis & Harding Goodness Sleep Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Pillow Mist, £7
A comforting sleep spray doesn’t have to be costly. This affordable peace-inducing lavender mist from Baylis & Harding holds up against high-end alternatives without even hitting the £10 mark.
Aurelia Perfect Sleep Pillow Mist, £24
Infused with rose quartz, this pretty Aurelia mist uses the power of soothing crystals to restore calm and bring comfort before bed. Not just that, but added fragonia extract, which has a fresh and cineolic note, helps to alleviate the symptoms of jet-lag, making it perfect for any long haul trips.
Pacifica Lavender Moon Body & Pillow Mist, £12
From the best in plant-based beauty, this water-based mist is bursting with Pacifica’s signature lavender and rose scent. Vegan and cruelty-free, you can sleep easy knowing this powerful spritz that is as kind to the planet as it is to your pillows.
Bloom & Blossom All Night Long Calming Sleep Spray, £18
With a good night’s sleep at the forefront of their every formula, this beauty brand is calm to the core. This divine 99% naturally derived mist fuses frankincense, rose flower water and linden blossom – it’s a heavenly blend for that’ll speed you straight to the land of nod.
Champneys Sleep Pillow Mist, £12
Inspired by Champneys’ very own wellness retreats, this bedtime mist will recentre your mind while peaceful notes will recreate the serenity of a countryside stay. A spa-worthy scent without leaving your bed? We must be dreaming.
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