Disclaimer: I don’t have any sleep problems.
Two hours before my head hits the pillow, I turn off all electronic devices (yes, even my phone!). I dim the lights, grab a book and let it lull me to sleep. Works a charm.
Or at least it worked until a couple of weeks ago. That’s when I started looking for a new flat. If moving houses isn’t stressful enough, I’ve also had to move web host (the internet home where BWB lives) due to my old server crashing all the time. Neither move is going smoothly…
True to Murphy’s law, everything that could possibly go wrong IS going wrong. Cue endless sleepless nights wondering if I picked the right web host, figuring out how to fix the glitches that went along with the migration and making plans for the flat move (with 2 weeks to go, I still have NOT found a decent place to live in…).
I know I’ll figure it all out… if the stress doesn’t kill me first. I don’t drink coffee so if I don’t get my 8 hours of beauty sleep, I’m gonna be cranky for the whole day. After a week of that, Mr BWB is wondering if he should move somewhere alone…
That’s when I remembered I had a bottle of This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray lying around somewhere. Could this baby relax me so I can sleep better, be more productive and get rid of those pesky dark circles? It was worth a shot…
Can Lavender Help You Fall Asleep?
Lavender oil is an old wives’ tale for restless sleepers and insomniacs. But… it sounds too easy, doesn’t it? Where’s the catch?
Lavender works only in MILD cases.
I’ve scoured the scientific literature and found plenty of studies showing that a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow “improved quality of daytime wakefulness and more sustained sleep at night” and has a “significant beneficial influence on quality and duration of sleep and improved general mental and physical health” without the side effects associated with drugs.
But the results aren’t so staggering to trumpet lavender as a miracle cure for sleep. Far from it. Those same studies also showed that “milder insomnia also improved more than severe ones“.
Still, even a little bit is better than nothing, right? Problem is, I’m not sure This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray uses lavender oil. It’s a scented spray, so it doesn’t have to list ALL the ingredients on the packaging.
It may be they’re just using chemicals that are mimicking the smell of lavender. If that’s the case, I’m not sure that’s as effective…
Faint lavender scent.
How To Use It
Sprat it on your pillow before going to sleep.
Performance & Personal Opinion
It didn’t work.
There, I said it. I spray a generous dose of This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray on my pillows, went to bed and… tossed and turned for 3 hours before finally falling asleep. And I barely got a wink of sleep the past two nights. It’s not like I wasn’t tired already.
This Works says natural nighttime movements are supposed to release the fragrance into your pillow. Maybe it does, but I could hardly smell it.
This stuff is so faint, my nose barely picked it up (and nope, I don’t have a cold). I get it that you don’t want the scent to be too strong and overwhelming, but how can a scent help if you can’t smell it?!
Maybe that’s the issue here. This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray is too faint. Or maybe it doesn’t use real lavender oil. Or maybe this “lavender helps with sleep” thing is just a placebo effect. If you don’t believe it helps, it won’t.
Guess I’ll have to stick to concealer to get rid of dark circles then. If only it were so easy to get rid of the cranky mood, too…
Who Is This For?
Only mild insomnia cases.
Who Is This NOT For?
This doesn’t work for most people. If you have severe insomnia, it won’t do anything for you.
A sleek white bottle with a spray applicator. Pretty and practical.
Does This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray Lives Up To The Hype?
|A fast-acting natural remedy to help restore healthy sleep patterns for restless sleepers. Proven to provide a better night’s sleep.||I’m not sure how they proved it. It did nothing for me.|
of panel users felt they had a less disturbed sleep*
of panel users felt less restless in the night
of panel users felt they had a deeper night’s sleep
of panel users woke less often in the night
|The only measurable claims is the last one.
All the other claims use the words “felt”. In other words, researchers asked subjects if, in their opinion, the spray worked. But opinions aren’t scientific facts. Subjects may have answered positively to please the researchers or it may just be the placebo effect. Without proper scientific data, we won’t know.
|Good skin starts with a good night’s sleep as it uses this time to repair damage and remove toxins. This modern sleep saviour will leave you looking and feeling refreshed come morning and keep your skin looking the best it can.||The first sentence is true. But, again, this didn’t help me fall asleep faster or sleep better.|
Price & Availability
£27.50 at This Works
Do You Need It?
Nope. It won’t work for most people.
Dupes & Alternatives
I don’t know of any effective alternatives to this product.