Can't sleep? You're not alone. According to the CDC, one in three adults doesn't get the recommended seven hours of sleep on a regular basis. Whether you're stressed, anxious, or otherwise preoccupied, it can be hard to turn your brain off at the end of the day. Having a regular bedtime routine can help. Add a relaxing pillow spray to that bedtime routine, and you'll be on your way to dreamland in no time!
We researched the best pillow sprays out there and compiled a list of our top 10 as well as a buying guide to help you decide. Coming in at number one is the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from This Works. Formulated with lavender, chamomile, and vetivert, it surrounds you with a calming scent to help promote faster and better sleep. Keep reading to see the rest of our picks!
Choosing a pillow spray can be daunting. Aromatherapy is a lesser-researched treatment and can be rife with buzzwords and false claims. Here, we'll break down some of the things to pay attention to when evaluating pillow sprays.
Different scents can have different effects on your mood. Here, we’ll delve deeper into the most commonly used scents in sleep sprays.
Some studies have shown lavender essential oil to be effective at fighting insomnia. It can help improve your quality of sleep and help you fall asleep faster.
Lavender may also help reduce anxiety and improve your mood, although fewer studies have been done in this area. One study from 2015 found that students who inhaled lavender at bedtime felt more vibrant and energetic during the day.
Chamomile has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Modern science has studied chamomile’s effects and found it to be helpful in treating generalized anxiety disorder and depression.
It’s also widely used as a sleep aid and has been shown to promote a higher quality of sleep. You may be familiar with chamomile tea, but you can also get chamomile’s calming benefits by inhaling its scent.
Eucalyptus essential oil has a sharp, almost medicinal scent that many people find refreshing. It has an airway-clearing effect and is primarily used to treat coughs, colds, and congestion.
When added to a pillow spray, it can be a great way to freshen up your linens. It can also be helpful for sleep if you feel a cold coming on or suffer from congestion related to seasonal or dust allergies.
There are a couple of floral scents you can find in pillow sprays. The most common are ylang-ylang, geranium, and rose. A couple of small studies of ylang-ylang have found that it can reduce anxiety and boost mood and self-esteem. It has also been shown to have a sedative effect.
A combination of studies and anecdotal evidence suggests that geranium may have a calming effect and help alleviate depressive moods. And studies of rose oil have found that it releases dopamine, which can help with depression, stress, and anxiety.
Since pillow sprays are used on your pillow, they’ll have direct contact with your skin. Therefore, it’s important to know what’s in your spray, especially if you have sensitive skin. Pillow sprays generally include water, fragrance, and some kind of emulsifier (since water and oil don’t naturally mix).
Essential oils are often used for the fragrance and can be irritating for some people. Some sprays also contain alcohol, which can be drying.
The ingredients for pillow sprays aren’t always listed in the product description, so it can be helpful to check the manufacturer’s website and customer reviews if you don’t see this information upfront. When in doubt, do a test before using it to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction.
While some studies show certain fragrances promote sleep and relaxation, keep in mind that the studies are small and much evidence is anecdotal. Products that claim to cure insomnia, depression, and anxiety should be taken with a grain of salt. That doesn’t mean they won’t have a positive effect, but don’t expect them to work magic.
Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, which means that manufacturers don’t need to meet specific standards for quality. For example, some oils are marketed as “therapeutic grade.” However, this is essentially meaningless since there’s no universal standard that dictates what “therapeutic grade” means.
Instead of focusing on the manufacturer’s claims, take a look at how much information they provide about the spray. Usually, the more transparent they are about the product’s ingredients and manufacturing process, the more reliable it will be.
Most pillow sprays contain lavender in some form, which has been proven to have relaxing effects. If you're not a fan of lavender, we've also included products other scent options, like eucalyptus or florals.
The Natural and Organic Family
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Rose Linen and Room Spray
Pillow and Linen Spray
Anti-Acne Pillow Spray
Natural Lavender Linen and Room Spray
Happy Thoughts Pillow & Sleep Spray
Sleep Spray Pillow Mist
A Natural Spray Keeps Insomnia at Bay
Sleep in a Bed of Roses
A Refreshing Blend of Lemongrass and Jasmine
A Pure Lavender Scent for Sleep
A Spray That Soothes and Fights Acne
Refresh Your Linens With Lavender and Chamomile
Relaxing Florals for Deep Sleep
A Bedtime Bouquet of Lavender
A Mist for Meditation and Sleep
A Blend of Soothing Herbs
|Amount||2.5 oz.||4 oz.||4 oz.||8 oz.||4 oz.||8 oz.||3.4 oz.||8 oz.||0.95 oz.||4 oz.|
|Scent||Lavender, chamomile, vetivert||Rose||Lemongrass, jasmine||Lavender||Floral||Lavender, chamomile||Lavender||Lavender||Lavender, frankincense, chamomile, clary sage||Lavender, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense|
|Main ingredients||Aqua, polysorbate 20, parfum, lavender oil, patchouli oil, ho wood oil, vetivert oil, wild chamomile flower extract||Lavandin infusion, stearyl alcohol, tween20, rose absolute oil||Distilled water, lemongrass essential oil, jasmine essential oil, witch hazel, rosemary extract, aloe vera, jojoba oil||Lavender essential oil, water, blending agent||Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerol, peppermint water, tea tree water, lavender distillate||Deionized water, lavender oil, witch hazel water, jojoba seed oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil||Aqua, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate & sodium benzoate, litsea cubeba, lavender oil||Not provided||Not provided||Not provided|
|Scent||Lavender, chamomile, vetivert|
|Main ingredients||Aqua, polysorbate 20, parfum, lavender oil, patchouli oil, ho wood oil, vetivert oil, wild chamomile flower extract|
|Main ingredients||Lavandin infusion, stearyl alcohol, tween20, rose absolute oil|
|Main ingredients||Distilled water, lemongrass essential oil, jasmine essential oil, witch hazel, rosemary extract, aloe vera, jojoba oil|
|Main ingredients||Lavender essential oil, water, blending agent|
|Main ingredients||Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerol, peppermint water, tea tree water, lavender distillate|
|Main ingredients||Deionized water, lavender oil, witch hazel water, jojoba seed oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil|
|Main ingredients||Aqua, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate & sodium benzoate, litsea cubeba, lavender oil|
|Main ingredients||Not provided|
|Scent||Lavender, frankincense, chamomile, clary sage|
|Main ingredients||Not provided|
|Scent||Lavender, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense|
|Main ingredients||Not provided|
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