If you’re one of those people who literally fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, well, I don’t like you very much right now. I have my good and bad sleeping days, and at one time, the good outnumbered the bad. So, I’d be able to just relax, read a book and fall asleep pretty soundly till the alarm goes off in the morning.
But recently, insomnia hit me hard. Eye bags and shadows have taken permanent residence under my eyes and they aren’t even bags anymore, I always say they’re now LV trunks. I’d go to bed but wake up sporadically in the middle of the night and fail to fall asleep thereafter. So I decided to try some sleep aids.
A friend had gifted me a sample kit of a Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works but that finished quite quickly, before I had a chance to evaluate if it was working. So, I’ve ordered a full sized bottle and will be putting it through its paces once it arrives.
However, in the interim, and in desperate need for sleep intervention, I decided to try a pillow spray from The Body Shop after seeing it appear on Instagram (I love IG but it makes me want so many things! 😛 ) So, once I read that it helped, I popped out to the closest Body Shop store to pick up the Quiet Night Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist. Incidentally, I have noticed that overseas, this is known as Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist. Same thing, different name. Not sure why.
Quiet Night Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist is a bottle filled with aromatherapy essential oils blended with the sole purpose of calming and relaxing your senses to help you fall asleep better.
I’ve been using this for a little over a week now, and I must say that it does seem to help me. My problem is not with falling asleep, but with staying asleep.
So, before bed, I’d shake up the bottle and spray this mist on my pillow and duvet cover and a light mist over myself. If you get the full whiff of the scent full on, it smells quite sharp and citrusy which initially puzzled me, because citrus smells usually uplift instead of calm. But this being a mist, the scent dissipates quite quickly, and there is a gentle, slightly bitter orange scent left behind.
The Body Shop says that the key ingredients are jujube date extract and camomile oil, both of which promote rest and sleep and the product is supposed to be encapsulated in some way so the scents are released through the night as you turn in your sleep, so it lasts through the night.
For myself, I did find that using this spray helped me sleep better. I don’t feel the initial effects because I usually spray it on and then read myself to sleep and by that time, I don’t really smell the spray anymore. However, what I realised was that when I do wake up in the middle of the night, instead of sitting up, senses heightened and eyes wide like an owl, I’d be able to relax and drift off again. I’d occasionally catch a whiff of scent of this spray, but it isn’t obvious. It isn’t very strong and I do find that I do have to be quite generous with the product.
It doesn’t stain my sheets, but if you spray too close, it can mark your sheets so I’d advise caution and spray from a foot or so away, so the mist spreads over a wider area and not concentrate on one spot. Thus far, it works for me to relax my senses and anything that helps me sleep and stay asleep is a boon!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Body Shop Quiet Night Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist is an aromatherapy mist that you spray on your pillow and sheets or even over yourself before bed, to help relax and promote sleep. I find that the citrus scent is a rather strange scent to find in a product that promotes relaxation but it seems to work. I do find the scent relaxing and it helps me stay asleep longer or to sleep through the night which is my primary problem. I do find I have to be fairly generous with its use but thus far, it seems to be working well for me.
PROS: Scent is relaxing, Seems to help me sleep better through the night
CONS: Rather pricey as I’m generous with use but can be bought on sale
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who has trouble falling or staying asleep
Here is the ingredient list:-
Alcohol Denat., Water, Limonene, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Linalool, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Hydrolysed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Propylene Glycol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Citral, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Geraniol, Citronellol, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract
Have you used this pillow mist before? Do you have recommendations for other pillow mists to help promote sleep?
I’m waiting for the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to arrive. That one smells quite different from this TBS one. But I’m not familiar with other brands of pillow sprays so if you have one to recommend, please do! I’ll take all the help I can get 😀
The Body Shop Quiet Night Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist Price: RM59/100ml Availability: The Body Shop stores or online