I had difficulty sleeping for years. I tossed. I turned. I stared at the pulsing digital clock in my bedroom as the seconds ticked by. This isn’t unique. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days. In my quest to score some decent shuteye, I tried everything from sleep masks (no thanks; waking up blind is not for me) and melatonin supplements (not something to use often, lest you want to stop your body’s natural production) to fancy teas (fine for relaxation, but not really grogginess) and smoking a bit of pot (works well, but I didn’t want to have to rely on it). Eventually, I stumbled upon a solution that worked for me: spritzing my pillow and sheets with a sleep spray.
I’ll admit it: it sounds weird. But, I’ve always had a thing for scents. Colognes. Incense sticks. Play-Doh. So, why not a spray before bed? Turns out, the right aroma has been proven to create a physiological response that conjures sleep and relaxation hormones. Does it work for everyone? No, but it works for me and it might work for some. I’ve been spritzing my sheets for a few years now and my sleep has vastly improved. It relaxes me and makes it easier to drift off. And, as sleep is based on a good routine, the scents also help me nab solid shuteye when I’m on the road. A few sprays on a hotel bed, often a difficult place for me to get solid sack time, helps create the environment I’m used to. Want to give it a try? Here are a few I use. At the very least, you’ll lay awake in a pleasant-scented bedroom.
This affordable sleep spray from Bath and Body works smells fresh and helps relax you before bed
Who knew something from Bath and Body Works would help my sleep issues? This is the first spray I ever tried, and one I continue to use. The scent, a combination of Lavender and Vanilla, is fresh without being overpowering and is extremely relaxing without ever making your bedroom seem like the perfume section at Nordstrom’s.
Legions of fans love this chamomile, lavendar, and vetiver scent
By the name, you can tell the company is pretty damn confident in their product. The scent is similar to the Bath and Body works version but is a bit more cologne-y. In a good way. The mix of chamomile, lavender, and vetiver is a bit more layered.
A scent that makes you feel like you're drifting off to sleep in The Shire.
This scent from the famed french bath product company, features notes of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange, and geranium scents for a more floral-forward scent. Spraying it before bed makes it seem like I’m falling asleep in the Shire or some similar fantastical location. Nerdy? Sure. But it’s calming as hell.