I sometimes feel like sleep aids are made or created by people who don’t really have a sleeping problem. If you do, you will know that a drop of lavender does nothing but smell nice. I have a sleeping problem, and think I’m authority enough on the subject!
That said, I do not have chronic insomnia, which I consider a blessing. I used to sleep like a log when younger. I’d sleep through anything – fireworks, noise, crowds – I could curl up in a corner and drop off just like that. So my sleeping problems crept up on me over the years. It isn’t so bad that I need medication, but I am always game to try any sleep aid!
These days, I go through bouts of sleeping through the night, and days when I don’t. When I do, my eye bags reduce in size and my skin looks clearer and better. When I don’t, I have eye trunks (not bags), and my skin dulls. Regulars will also know of my neverending battle with sleep – it’s something I’ve been battling for years so every night I sleep comfortably is a blessing!
I am therefore, always on the lookout for sleeping aids to help me go to sleep that more easily, and more importantly for me, stay asleep. One of the things that I tried are pillow sprays. REN Skincare has just released a new product, the REN & Now to Sleep pillow spray, and I have been trying it out for a while. Let me also share with you my thoughts on whether pillow sprays work, for those of us who have a sleeping problem.
I’ve tried a few pillow sprays in my time, so I’ll quickly tell you about them, because you may have come across them too.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – RM99 | US$29 | £18 for 75ml
This Works Deep Sleep was one of the first few pillow sprays I tried, and I thought I’d blogged about it, but I apparently haven’t. I have gone through 2 bottles of the regular size, and when I spotted the limited edition large bottle a while ago, I bought that instead. I haven’t been using it very much since.
Why I liked the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is because they blend their spray with vetiver. Vetiver has a very earthy, green scent that doesn’t sit well with many people, but which I am partial to especially in fragrances. Deep Sleep to me smells less of lavender, as we are conditioned to think of as a sleep aid, and a more organic, earthy, woodsy scent.
It used to help me. I say “used to” because the effect has reduced somewhat for me. But I do still enjoy the scent, and how it makes my sheets smell. I have tried other things from the This Works Deep Sleep range. The shower gel was alright but had no effect of helping me sleep, and the body oil and roller ball oil was the same. No effect at all. The only item in the range that helped me was the pillow spray.
REN & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray – RM99 | US$25 | £18 for 75ml
This is a brand new offering from REN Skincare, one of my favourite skincare brands. I believe it’s the first time they have something of this nature, which surprises me if I’m to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it from REN.
That said, I am quite happy with this REN & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray. It again, does not smell strongly of lavender, but is a blend of lavender and frankincense. Frankincense adds a depth of musky scent that is again, one I particularly like, and REN makes a skincare range infused with it, that I ADORE (not so for the scent but because it works so well)! I have been using this for the better part of 2 weeks, every night, and I like how it smells, and that the spray nozzle sprays out a fairly fine mist. The scent isn’t very strong, but strong enough when your head is enveloped in it as you lay on your pillow. I often spray some on my duvet cover as well, for a 3D effect. I need all the help I can get! 😀
While I cannot say that it helps me go to sleep (that’s the hardest part!) I have found that it helps me sleep a little better through the night. For me, that’s enough. However, as with last night, when sleep eluded me for most of the night, it didn’t help. It isn’t magical. But when it helps, it does seem that way! It comes in a handy 75ml size which makes it portable for travel, and it’s very slim, which I like because it’ll definitely have to travel with me!
The Body Shop Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
I believe this one is discontinued, for I cannot find it anywhere online anymore. I blogged about a similar one from The Body Shop called Quiet Night a while ago. This is similar. Unlike the other 2 I’ve shown you here, this one has a bit more zing to it. It is nice, and again, when it works, it helps me sleep through the night better. But it isn’t a magic spray that sends Mr. Sandman a-visiting as soon as my head touches the pillow. I have to be very exhausted for that, which then puts a strain on my body. It’s a neverending balance I have to achieve!
I’ve also tried a pillow spray from L’Occitane, but I did not quite like that one, hence my not mentioning it here.
Do Pillow Sprays Work? Do Pillow Sprays Help You Sleep?
I know you are wondering about this. Are pillow sprays just psychological or do they really help you go to sleep? Is it just a waste of time and money?
Well, from my personal experience, I’d say this is a bit of a loaded question. Yes, you can consider it a waste of money, because it is a bunch of essential oils in a spray bottle, and most people will tell you they can DIY. To that I say, please by all means do so. While I personally dabble in essential oils, I still enjoy using a pillow spray or mist, so work with your comfort level and determine worth yourself.
The concept behind a pillow spray is simple. It combines various essential oils, harnessing the benefits of aromatherapy, to help calm your senses and allow sleep to naturally take over. In that sense, yes it works. Because I enjoy these scents, I do find them calming. The scent is quite light in general. It isn’t meant to scent a room the way a diffuser does, and it really does only give a hint of a scent. So scent isn’t really what it’s about. I think it’s more of the way the scent of the essential oils affect our consciousness, and calms us down, often without our realizing, that helps it work.
Does it put me to sleep? No it doesn’t. But it allows for sleep to creep over a little more naturally. What is more important for me, is that it helps me sleep a little better, when I do enter Dreamland. I’d say therefore, that if you have a chronic sleeping problem, then these pillow sprays may supplement your current sleep aids, but does not supplant them.
However, if you are just going through phases of poor quality sleep, then these pillow sprays may help improve on your quality of sleep, helping you sleep through the night better.
Tips on how best to use a pillow spray
- Do not spray too near your pillow. This may mark your pillowcase, and it will also dampen it, which can be uncomfortable for some people. Instead, hold it about 20-30cm away from your pillow, and gently mist it.
- Spray it also on your sheets or duvet/comforter/blanket. For a more “surround-sound” effect, I find that spraying the pillow spray on your sheets and duvet envelops you better in the scent and makes it more effective.
- Use it as a body mist. These are perfume-grade, so you can usually also spray it on your body. Just spray a fine mist over yourself before climbing into bed.
- Use it to freshen your room or sheets. I also find that you can use these sprays to freshen your room, which again, helps envelop you in the light scent. This maybe more effective than just spraying on your pillow. If you are travelling a spritz of this on your sheets can make it feel a little more like home, and maybe help you drift off better.
Have you tried pillow sprays to overcome a sleeping problem?
As I said, I don’t have a chronic problem, but I do have a problem. I also combine the use of essential oils and ear plugs where necessary. The latter helps me most when I travel. If you don’t have a problem, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I’ll take all the help I can get! 🙂