Does sleep spray actually work?

Getting a good amount of sleep each night is the key to leading a healthier, happier life. There are lots of products out there which claim to aid sleep, including sleep sprays, but do they really work? We sat down nutrition expert, Madeleine Shaw, to get the lowdown on how using a sleep spray can encourage a peaceful, restful night’s sleep.

Our bodies are sensitive to different smells, so using a sleep spray can be effective at helping to relax your mind and get you in the mood for going to bed. Setting the mood and using your senses is key to being able to help aid sleepiness, whether it’s smell, sight, sounds or textures, so a sleep spray is perfect for anyone who is looking for a different way to make bedtime more appealing.

Are there any essential oils I can use to aid sleep?

Using essential oils in a humidifier is a great way to add some relaxing smells to your room before you get into bed. Lavender is the obvious choice, with its relaxing, soothing qualities, so popping this into your humidifier will fill your room with its scent, and you’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time.

Here are some other, lesser known essential oils which are also good for encouraging relaxation:

Vanilla: this essential oil has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and sleep, as it can have sedative-like effects on the body – it helps to settle the nervous system and reduce restlessness. It’s also been linked to the reduction of depression and anxiety.

Jasmine: this sweet scent is linked to lowering anxiety and improving sleep quality, as well as increasing daytime alertness.

Sandalwood: this earthy scent was favoured in ancient times for its relaxation and anxiety-relieving qualities.

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