Scent yourself to sleep

Aromatherapy really works as an alternative to sleep medication, says Kathy Phillips, beauty expert and founder of This Works 

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, This Works’ bestselling sleep remedy, cocoons you in a soporific mist. As you breathe in and enjoy its soothing scent of wild camomile, vetivert – the “oil of tranquillity” – and provençale lavender help calm the mind, acting as a natural sedative to prepare you for sleep.

This Works has been committed to treating sleep problems since 2003, when beauty expert and founder Kathy Phillips was inspired to share what she had known for a while – that ingredients found in nature have unparalleled benefits for your body and mind. Kathy also knew what many choose to ignore – that poor quality sleep affects both how you look and how you feel, and causes a vicious cycle of anxiety which can be hard to break.

The same three high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils – lavender, vetivert and camomile – are blended in all of the Deep Sleep range of products, including candles, bath soak, sleep balm and night oil, creating an “olfactory lullaby”. This careful blend of beautifully scented active naturals strikes a balance between naturally effective and intuitive products which also feel luxurious.

To show just how well aromatherapy really works as an alternative to sleep medication and to prove the efficacy, an independent sleep study was commissioned in 2013. A group of 200 volunteers within three age groups, all of whom experienced mild sleep anxiety, spent two weeks using a placebo pillow spray, (a synthetic lavender fragrance which lacks soporific plant actives), followed by two weeks using This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

Ingredients found in nature have unparalleled benefits for your body and mind

The results showed that 86 per cent of respondents across all ages would recommend Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to improve sleep quality, daytime wakefulness and to get to sleep faster. It was most effective at helping to reduce anxiety about falling asleep, with 85 per cent of users claiming they felt less anxious about trying to get to sleep when using This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, compared to the placebo at 10 per cent, with the knock-on benefit of reducing anxiety in the day time – 75 per cent compared to the placebo at 9 per cent.

In comparing age-group preferences, a significant 95 per cent of 18 to 30 year olds reported a better night’s sleep – quite a feat considering all the modern-day challenges affecting young people’s sleep, such as smartphones, tablets and other artificial stimuli.

Motivated to improve the quality of sleep experienced by young people and conscious that children who sleep well grow into adults who sleep well, This Works launched Baby Sleep Pillow Spray in 2013. A gentler yet highly effective formulation of the original product, designed to help parents give their babies a sleep routine to last a lifetime.

As an exclusive offer for Times readers, a complimentary sample of This Works Pillow Spray is available to the first 500 entries at www.thisworks.com/times. Offer expires January 31, 2014; one sample per entry. Please visit thisworks.com/times for full terms and conditions.

This Works Deep Sleep product range is available at thisworks.com, Boots.com, NET-A-PORTER.com, Space.NK and other selected stockists.