As a parent, you probably do everything you can to encourage your children’s growth and health, including purchasing an immune booster for toddlers. However, the first few months and anytime your baby doesn’t feel well can cause extra stress because they may have difficulty sleeping, preventing you from doing the same. You have probably heard about sleep sprays and wondered if they actually work.
Sleep Spray & Its Effectiveness
Sleep sprays are aromatherapy tools that use scent to encourage comfort and relaxation. They are often made from essential oils. They work like your diffuser, pushing lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile and/or calendula fragrance into the air.
Research on essential oils and aromatherapy shows they are highly effective. Sleep sprays utilize the aromatherapy aspect of essential oils, and as your baby inhales the fragrance in the air, it should encourage restful sleep.
How They Work
Aromatherapy is a holistic approach that has been used for thousands of years. It stimulates your brain, particularly the areas that control emotions using small receptors within your nasal cavity. Then, your brain activates the limbic system using nerve pathways. You can inhale them via a diffuser or spray or use them in lotions and other skincare products and apply them directly to the skin.
Best & Safe Sleep Sprays
When you choose a sleepy time spray, check the ingredients. Avoid anything with excess preservatives, parabens, petroleum products and artificial fragrances. Choose options with organic, high-quality ingredients. Pay attention to expiration dates, and be sure your product won’t expire for several months.
Most of these sprays are available in two- or four-ounce bottles. You may be tempted to purchase a larger amount because you could get a bulk discount. However, just a small bottle can last for months. Focus on product quality, which may cost more but will get you better results.
Also, avoid using these types of products until after your baby is three months old. Research suggests that essential oils are safe for children this age, but not enough research supports using these products on younger children.
How To Use Sleep Sprays
Do not apply sleep sprays directly to your baby or his or her clothing. Instead, spray it on the crib beading, somewhat away from the pillow. If the product has alcohol in it, spray it once into the room in the opposite direction of your child’s bed.
Wait a few minutes until the scent has dulled a bit or the bedding is completely dry before you place your child in bed. Some companies also offer roll-on products. These can be applied directly to your baby’s feet. Consider massaging the feet after you roll it on to enhance the relaxation.
Essential oils need to be appropriately mixed with carrier oils before they are used topically, and they still may cause irritation. You should also avoid extensive sun exposure if you use essential oils on your skin. Always consult a physician before using essential oils because they can impact your medications’ efficiency. If you see signs of sleep deprivation in children, consider using sleep sprays with high-quality essential oils to help them get more sleep.