Does Pillow Mist Really Help to Sleep?21.06.2022
There are many factors that can cause restless sleep. It may be obvious, but falling asleep is the first step in getting a restful sleep. It is possible to have trouble falling asleep, which can be a nuisance or a problem every night. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 50-70 million Americans struggle to sleep.
I tried several different ways to fall asleep this year. I tried a variety of exercises, white noise sounds and listening to rain. In the evening, I reduced my exposure to blue-light from my screens. Pillow mists were a new method that I discovered recently. These water-based perfume sprays appear to be an extension and complement of aromatherapy. As I continued to read about different products, I began to wonder if pillow mist actually has any benefits for sleeping or if it is just a placebo.
What does pillow mist do and what is it supposed to do?
Pillow mist is basically perfume for your pillows. It contains scents that are associated with sleep and relaxation, including lavender. Aromatherapy is a well-known practice that has been used in many cultures. Its benefits include better sleep, relief of joint and muscle pain, anxiety, stress reduction, and improved sleep. Aromatherapy methods include essential oil diffusers and bath bombs. Pillow mist is made from many natural herbs and plants. However, it is sprayed directly onto pillows before you go to sleep. Pillow mist users can both directly contact the mist and inhale it throughout the night.
What’s the science behind it? Dr. Yishan Xu (Doctor of Psychology) is a licensed psychologist and sleep specialist at Mind &. Body Garden Psychology Inc is based in Los Altos. She says that stimulating the parasympathetic systems restores us to a calm and comfortable state. This is in contrast to the sympathetic system (the network in our nervous system that activates our fight/flight responses and directs our responses to danger). Lavender, for example, inhibits the release of acetylcholine which is a chemical that controls alertness and focus. “These scents can cause a sedative effect by blocking the chemical that keeps us awake,” Xu says.
What are the cons to pillow mists?
Pillow mists can contain more than natural essential oils or scents. Avoid these mists, especially if they don’t contain natural essential oils and scents. Some brands also make their own pillow mists, with unusually strong or unnatural ingredients. This can cause discomfort and distractions while you sleep. It is best to contact the manufacturer to find out what the pillow mists contain.
The direct use of pillow mists may have an adverse effect on your skin and health. “Essential oils have many benefits but in my experience, some people who use them directly on their skin can get an irritation,” Dr. Freya Meyer MD, a dermatologist at The Dermatology Institute of Boston.
Meyer says that pillow mists can be applied to your pillowcase, and then you sleep on it throughout the night. This prolonged contact with skin can cause skin reactions, particularly for those with sensitive skin. This can happen regardless of what ingredients are in the pillow mist. Some people are able to use natural pillow mists with essential oil and it won’t bother their skin. However, just because something is natural does not mean it won’t cause skin irritations. You may still enjoy the fragrance if you prefer it.
What else can you do to improve your sleep quality than pillow mist?
Xu says that pillow mists should not be used constantly as a way to promote sleep. “All this is to help us relax. But, if we want to sleep better, then we need to change our mindset.”
How intentional you are about setting a nighttime routine is what will determine how restful and consistent your sleep can be. This means limiting your exposure to technology and blue light close to bedtime. It also means making time for relaxation after work or other activities. This could also mean reorganizing your bedroom to make it more conducive to sleeping. This means keeping your bedroom dark and quiet, and keeping the room cool.