At Maya Rey we’re advocates of what Gwyneth Paltrow would call ‘clean sleeping’. Although it might sound like a wellness fad, the process of ‘clean sleeping’ is quite straightforward. Simply put, it is the belief that your brain and stomach shouldn’t be full before you sleep.

That might seem like common sense, but 39% of people suffer from sleep problems of some kind. In fact, it was this statistic that encouraged us to launch our three sleep products. That, paired with the fact that only 17% of UK-residents would say they ‘slept very well most nights’ was enough for us to wonder why?

Why Do We Struggle To Sleep?

It has been widely documented that the reason we struggle to sleep is because of factors like;

  • Eating our meals too late
  • Looking at our phones before we go to sleep
  • Watching TV in bed
  • Having stressful jam-packed days

Such is the world we live in. But, sleep allows us to wash away our brain’s waste toxins. That’s why when you don’t get enough sleep, you feel dazed and unable to work to your full potential the following day.

We all know what we should do before bed to facilitate a good sleep by now. Thousands upon thousands of articles have been written about the art of good sleep. But today, we’d like to speak about the types of essential oils that can help.

What we love about baths and showers are that they’re non-negotiable. However busy you are, you have to clean. So, why not make the time you spend in the bath or shower a time to truly relax your body? You don’t have to spend a long time (although, if you have the time, it’s a really nice experience), but using the right aromas and essential oils can make all the difference.


Lavender is one of the most well known essential oils associated with sleep. There are numerous studies to prove that this essential oil really does have a psychological effect; it calms us.

Breathing in lavender sends a message to the limbic system. This is a region of the brain that helps regulate emotion. It calms your brain in preparation for sleep and can be particularly beneficial for those of us who suffer from anxiety.

It’s no fluke that we’ve developing a lavender-based product in every product category at Maya Rey. We see the huge potential in this essential oil.


Not only does rosehip smell delicious, it helps relax us, too. We even called our rosehip soap The Calmer because of how relaxed it makes us feel.

In years gone by, people who were feeling sad would quite literally ‘smell the roses’ to make themselves feel better. It’s a truly uplifting fragrance. People often alternate between rose and lavender essential oils to help them sleep at night.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil originates from South East Asia. Given that the word ‘Maya’ in Maya Rey comes from a bay we visited in Thailand, it was really important to us to include as much asian influences as possible.

There have been a number of studies to show that Ylang Ylang both relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure.


The fresh, tart smell of lime refreshes and uplifts your mood; exactly as it would a drink! If you like something subtle, the smell of lime is perhaps the most lightly fragranced of the relaxing essential oils.

We like to use lime in products that are meant for relaxing because its citrus smell is fantastic for clearing your mind. It is great for high-stress situations that come from a busy work or home life. It’s sometimes all you need to drift off to sleep.


Eucalyptus is great to fighting mental fatigue. Typically it is meant to boost energy – which isn’t what you’re looking for before bedtime. But, it’s also brilliant at combating mental fatigue. This type of fatigue can often make you feel tired but because your mind is so active, you may find it hard to get to sleep.

Are you suffering from a cold which is stopping you from sleeping? Eucalyptus oil will work wonders for you.