If you're pregnant or a new mum or dad, you may find a pillow spray will help you to relax before bedtime, particularly if even the best pregnancy pillow hasn't improved your sleep. Using sleep aids such as a pillow spray is a great way to sleep better as a parent. Simply give your pillow a few spritz with the spray and allow it to dry.
Like baby pillow sleep sprays, adult sleep pillow sprays can help you drift off easier and quicker because they contain aromas that cause our bodies to produce the sleep hormone melatonin. You can even add a few spritz to your nursing pillow to set the tone of bedtime. Getting into a good sleep routine and using the same products and scents will tell your body it's time to get some rest. Look for ingredients and scents that will help you relax, like lavender and chamomile oil, these are brilliant at reducing anxiety and calming the body down.
The best pillow sprays at a glance
• Best for paediatrician-approved: My Little Coco Sleepy Head Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist - View offer on Boots
• Best for natural ingredients: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - View offer on thisworks
• Best for quality: Marks And Spencer Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist - View offer on M&S
• Best for vegans: Neal's Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist - View offer on Neal's Yard Remedies
So if you've already tried a nice cooling pillow to help you relax at night, have a scroll through our top pillow mists and find your perfect remedy for a good night's sleep. Not to worry if you're not the biggest fan of lavender either, as we've included sprays to suit every preference.
Best pillow spray for paediatrician-approved
Dermatologically tested, the My Little Coco Sleepy Head Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist not only has cute
- Vegan friendly
- Can be sprayed onto sleepsuits and pyjamas too
- Don't spray directly onto skin
Best pillow spray for natural ingredients
If you're a lover of lavender, vetivert and chamomile, the deep sleep pillow spray is the one for
- Made from natural oils
- Not for use on pet bedding
Best pillow spray for size
This Sanctuary Spa sleep spray is the perfect solution if you aren't a lover of lavender. Infused
- Large 100ml bottle
- Affordable price
- Fragrance is quite mild
Best pillow spray for quality
The NEOM Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist only uses 100% natural fragrances. The organic brand's
- A blend of 14 essential oils
- Easy-to-use spray bottle
- Only 30ml
Best pillow spray for vegans
The award-winning Goodnight Pillow Mist from Neal's Yard will ensure you wake up feeling rested
- Pretty packaging
- Compact size
- Check the ingredients if you have known allergies
Best pillow spray for a budget
If you are having anxieties before sleep, the Feather Down Sweet Dreams spray will help you sink
- Great size
- Affordable price
- Some customers say that the smell isn't very lavender-like
Best pillow spray for children too
If your little one is struggling to sleep, the magical Very Hungry Caterpillow spray will send
- Suitable for newborns
- Dermatologist approved
- May not work for all children
Best pillow spray for gifting
From the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range, the Perfect Sleep Pillow Mist is pure and natural, as
- Free from parabens
- Vegan friendly
- Quite overpowering
Best pillow spray for travelling
This pillow mist is suitable for all sleepers, whether you wake up regularly in the night or find
- Portable size
- Scented naturally
- Only for adults
Best pillow spray for relaxation
Although this is not a pillow spray, Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener quickly turns your room into a
- Simple pump mechanism
- Not specifically for your pillow
What ingredients should I look out for?
There are several ingredients which are thought to be brilliant at inducing a lovely, long night's sleep, including lavender, chamomile, bergamot and vetiver, to name a few.
Commonly used in pillow sprays, this is one of the most popular fragrances that encourages the body to relax and unwind. You could also try putting a diffuser with lavender oil near your bed before you go to sleep.
Although it's proven to be not as effective as lavender, chamomile is perfect in a sleep spray as it has many soothing properties. It can also be found in tea and is therefore an amazing drink to sip on before you go to bed at night. We recommend finding a spray that has other ingredients (such as bergamot or vetiver) for the maximum effect.
Are pillow sprays safe to use during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, you should be mindful about what products you use, as the body absorbs oils and sprays through the skin, which can go through your circulatory system and reach your placenta, so some essential oils in pregnancy are not recommended for use. Avoid ingredients such as cedarwood, jasmine, aniseed, rosemary, peppermint, basil and rose oils during this time, as they can increase or stimulate your menstrual flow.
Ellie Kirwin-Jones is an Editorial Assistant for Mother & Baby. While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for three years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category.