Most of us have those nights when we're tossing and turning or those weeks when we can't seem to fall asleep or stay asleep for whatever reason. Getting a good night's sleep can feel like an unsolvable puzzle at times.
There are so many remedies and tips to try if you're having trouble getting some shut-eye. We've covered a lot of them before, like trading your mattress for a new one, getting some blackout curtains, trying a weighted blanket, investing in a sound machine, meditation… The list goes on. One other option that could help? Using scent to lull you to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says that certain scents could be used as a tool to get you to sleep faster. According to the Foundation, the olfactory system (aka, your sense of smell) is directly linked to the emotional center in your brain, so smelling soothing scents can cause your body to release relaxing chemicals that can help you in the sleep department. Some sleep-aid scents include essential oils like lavender, cedarwood, geranium, ylang-ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, and frankincense.
You can try the scent-as-a-sleep-aid thing with an essential oil diffuser or even with a room spray, but another trick that might be effective is using a pillow spray. There are a variety of options out there that are formulated specifically for sleep. Just spritz on your pillow as you're getting ready for bed. It really shouldn't take more than 10 seconds to try it out. Take a look at some of our favorites below. But it's important to remember that if you are experiencing trouble sleeping for at least three nights a week for at least three months, you might have insomnia, and at that point, you'll want to go to a sleep doctor or healthcare professional to come up with a treatment plan or figure out if there's an underlying issue.
ThisWorks Sleep Plus Pillow Spray ($29)
This best seller contains lavender, vetiver, and chamomile—just thinking about that combo makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and ready for bed already. The cool thing about the spray is that it has motion-activated technology in the formula, so once it's applied on your pillow, your natural nighttime movement will cause the scent to be released continuously over the course of eight hours. Sounds like magic to us!
Ren Clean Skincare & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray ($25)
A spray that helps you go to sleep and soothes your skin? Sign us up. This one has essential oils like frankincense and lavender to send you off to dreamland, and it has antioxidants that can help protect your skin. It's recommended to spray at least three pumps on your pillow.
Votary Pillow Spray ($52)
With its main scents of lavender and chamomile, this spray feels ultra luxe and soothing. Spray a light mist before you lie down and let sleep take over.
Asutra Lavender & Chamomile Organic Essential Oil Blend ($15)
Another lavender-and-chamomile blend, this spray is a favorite of tennis superstar Venus Williams. It's pretty versatile too. Mist it on your pillow, throughout your room, and even on your body.
Indie Lee Soothe & Relax Pillow Mist ($28)
The pillow mist contains chamomile, lavender, vetiver, and bergamot for an ultra-relaxing scent. It's also free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens.
Supermood Sweet Pillow Scent ($35)
Spray this floral and herby scent on your bed linens and pillows to calm and relax yourself after a long day. Some ingredients include lavender, vetiver, clary sage, and orange essential oils.
Vitruvi Sleep Face & Body Mist ($24)
Even though technically the spray is labeled as a face and body mist, it can also be used as a pillow and linen spray. It contains a calming blend of Vitruvi's essential oils: ylang-ylang, frankincense, lavender, Roman chamomile, vetiver, and sandalwood.
L'Occitane Cocon de Sérénité Relaxing Pillow Mist ($24)
L'Occitane is already well known for its best-selling fragrances and bath and body products, so we're excited that it has a new pillow spray offering. It has scents of lavender, geranium, orange, rose, basil, and mint leaves. Sounds heavenly.
Botanical Therapy Lavender Chamomile Pillow Spray ($8)
Make this lavender-and-chamomile scent part of your bedtime ritual. This one is formulated for a calming effect. It also comes in different blends like English Rose (for balance) and eucalyptus and mint for relief.
Living Libations Sweet Sleep Pillow Spray ($14)
Small enough to pack in your suitcase, this pillow spray is a helpful solution if you have trouble sleeping while traveling. It contains marjoram, sweet thyme, and spikenard essential oils, in addition to hemp blossoms.
Osea for Parachute Rest Linen Mist ($19)
We're excited that one of our favorite bedding companies also has its own pillow spray blend. This one contains lavender, geranium, peppermint, and sage. It's also nontoxic, vegan, and gluten-free.
Bamford B Silent Night-Time Pillow Mist ($35)
Spritz the frankincense-marjoram-lavender scent all over your pillow and bed covers to lull you to sleep. The blend is supposed to relax and soothe you.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Vanilla Pillow Mist ($29)
Bath & Body Works has its own pillow mist, too. This one is a blend of lavender and vanilla for a calm and sweet scent.
This article originally appeared on The Thirty
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