Between pending election results and a pandemic, it’s safe to say many people aren’t getting their recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep this week. But instead of unsuccessfully counting sheep until they fall asleep, Amazon shoppers are turning to an unlikely solution instead: Thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29; amazon.com).
The natural sleep aid uses a superblend of scents to fight insomnia by lulling you into a peaceful slumber. Its award-winning blend combines lavender, vetiver, and chamomile into a lightweight mist that can be sprayed directly onto your pillow, linen, or skin. And it’s so effective that more than 4,000 people gave it a perfect 5-star rating.
While the spray might sound like magic—which is also conveniently what 15 different shoppers labeled it—the combination is backed in science. Not only was it proven in a 100-person study to help users fall asleep faster, but the ingredients were carefully selected for their unique benefits.
At the top of the list is lavender essential oil. Often recommended by aromatherapists, it’s been extensively researched for its therapeutic properties that support its insomnia- and anxiety-reducing benefits. Chamomile also prevents anxiety, and it contains stress-relieving properties that “ease depression, worry, and an overactive mind,” according to a 2015 review published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. Vetiver rounds out the group and, though less extensively studied, is believed to reduce stress.
To buy: thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29; amazon.com
But just as important as what the spray is made with is what the spray is made without. The vegan formula is free of sulphates, petroleum, phthalates, and dyes—a relief considering you’re spraying the mist directly onto cloth that touches the delicate skin on your face. All things considered, it’s pretty clear why so many people are obsessed.
“Honestly I was pretty skeptical,” wrote a shopper. “I’ve used Bath and Body Works pillow spray just for scent before and it was nice—but this legit puts you to sleep. I was pretty amazed. I don’t have a hard time staying asleep, just falling asleep. I put my head down and within 3 minutes I’m asleep. It’s pretty incredible.”
Another agreed: “This spray smells incredible. Three sprays on my pillow each night and I am out like a light fairly fast. I tossed and turned less as well. A few more nights of solid sleep with the aid of this spray and I'm going to feel like I can take anything on!”
“This puts pillow sprays that just make your pillow smell good [to shame],” another shopper says. “I have severe insomnia and night terrors. I usually wake up at least 3 or 4 times throughout the night, but since using this I only wake up once or not at all until the morning. When I do wake back up, I spray more on my pillow and it helps me fall back asleep almost immediately. This stuff knocks me out.”
Whether you suffer from anxiety or simply want to fall asleep faster, you’ll be overjoyed to have this spray in your arsenal. And the fact that it smells amazing? Just a bonus.
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