Becoming a parent is one of the biggest lifestyle changes that you can experience. Coupled with the responsibility of looking after a new life and the sleep deprivation that often comes with it, new parents can feel overwhelmed, overtired and often experience heightened emotions. Good quality sleep for your child and yourself, where you can find it, is the best way to set yourself up to deal with new challenges, such as parenting. 

baby sleep?
Our soothing baby sleep blend features in all products in our baby sleep range and helps to encourage your little one's journey to sleep.
The baby sleep pillow spray was tested in an independent user study on children from 6 months - 3 years and over 28 days helped them achieve a more settled and restful sleep. The sleep spray was misted over the child's bed linen 20 minutes before they were put to bed and can also be used similarly to a room fragrance to help create the right environment for sleep.


In our user studies we found that:
84% felt their child had a more settled night's sleep*
81% felt my child's sleep quality improved*
81% felt their child had a more restful sleep*
78% felt their child woke up less often*
*In a study of 58 parents self-reporting on children aged 6 months - 3 years over 28 days. Individual results may vary.
This Work's Bedtime Ritual
Our baby sleep range is safe for use on sensitive skin and has been tested in a user study when used as a bath and bedtime routine. There is a consensus in the scientific literature on the importance of bedtime routines in helping establish healthy sleep patterns in young children but they also play a role in their broad development and wellbeing in early childhood.1 The combination of a consistent bedtime routine and our Baby Sleep functional fragrance showed to improve not only participants' sleep quality but also 85% of children slept for longer.*
The ritual included a relaxing soak with baby sleep gentle wash, a calming baby massage with our baby sleep massage oil, and finally a night of sleep in their pre-misted cot or bed.
A new-born instinctively mimics their mother's sleep pattern learned in the womb and will generally sleep during the night (albeit in shorter bursts). But within months babies start to develop their own circadian rhythm.2 Little is known about the exact point babies' biological clock develops, but the general consensus is it is best to try to establish a sleep routine between 2- 6 months.
Just like our sleep is affected by light so is our little one's so try to avoid turning on bright lights whilst trying to get your child back to sleep. Baby sleep expert Lucy Wolfe suggests in the first 4-6 weeks you should teach your baby the difference between day and night by using exposure to light during 'waking times'. Other top tips to help support healthy sleep patterns include getting plenty of fresh air which helps to regulate the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Keeping your baby close to you within the first 6 months through room sharing can also help to regulate your baby's sleep patterns.
*In a study of 27 parents self-reporting on children aged 6 months - 3 years over 28 days. Individual results may vary.
Parents, fall asleep faster.
Our deep sleep pillow spray has been rigorously tested through 4 independent user studies with 600 participants and it's functional fragrance of Lavender, Camomile and Vetviert has been tested under clinical conditions in brain-scan studies (fMRI). The fMRI study concluded that This Works' Deep Sleep fragrance was seen to activate specific areas of the brain associated with emotions, pleasure and calmness with the potential to bring the mind into a pre-disposition towards sleep.1
Tested against a placebo over 28 days deep sleep pillow spray was proven to improve sleep quality and help relieve anxiety that may occur around getting to sleep. Participants in our studies also included 100 ex-sleep prescription and 100 heavy tech users- so we can be sure it really works.


In our user studies we found that:
89% fell asleep faster*
97% slept better than normal*
98% felt more refreshed in the morning*
97% had less disturbed sleep*
*In a study of 100 subjects and 100 ex-prescription users compared to no product. Individual results may vary.


Evolution of sleep
Take comfort from the fact that man evolved from polyphasic to monophasic sleep.1 In other words, we would sleep for 4 hours at a time so that we could take action to protect ourselves and our families in the face of potential threats. With the development of artificial lights and increased feelings of security human behaviour developed into the current sleep-wake rhythm.
Therefore, we can survive with less sleep as long as we have sufficient sleep over 24 hours. Aim to get 4 hours of good quality sleep in one go when your baby is sleeping overnight and then make up your sleep in smaller, ideally 90 min naps either at night or during the day. A change of sleep pattern is difficult to adjust to, but trying to top up your sleep quota wherever possible should help to combat some of that sleep-deprived fatigue.


Let there be light
Light is essential for humans; it adjusts the circadian rhythm and impact on many physiological and behavioural activities such as sleep, mood, neuro-endocrine function and cognition. Increased daytime light improves alertness, mood, performance and sleep and decreased light exposure in the evening and at night can promote sleep. It is essential to keep some regularity in the intensity, timing and length of light exposure in order to not alter the biological rhythms with negative impact on sleep, health, cognition and judgments.1,2 
It is thought to be important to ensure you are exposed to different wavelengths and intensities of light throughout the day to help maintain your circadian rhythm. One of the key moments is within the first 2 hours of waking, aim to get natural light into your eyes, without sunglasses, and don't look directly into the sun. The amount of time depends on cloud cover, it should be between 10-20 minutes. This triggers the timed release of a healthy level of cortisol into your system which acts as a signal to your body to wake-up boosting focus and alertness throughout the day. 3,4,5     
Modern humans are more often exposed to artificial light – resulting in less light during the day, while electric lightning during the night reduces or even removes darkness. The direction of light is also important as overhead lighting can activate receptor pigments (melanopsin etc.) located in the bottom of the eye de-synchronising the circadian rhythm. Late evening light exposure inhibits melatonin release, reduces sleepiness and delays the circadian clock. Even low levels of light in the sleeping environment have been associated to impaired sleep and metabolic dysfunctions. 3,4
Light is captured in the eye by photopigments. One of these pigments, melanopsin, is sensitive to a portion of the light spectrum, peaking in the blue colour. When melanopsin is activated it conveys information to the master biological clock in the brain (the suprachiasmatic nucleus), synchronizing circadian rhythms and regulating melatonin release. Melanopsin receptors have their own circadian rhythm they are particularly sensitive during evening and nighttime hours – explaining why exposure to even small amounts of blue light at night can have an important effect in destabilizing the circadian system. Increases in LED lightning in streets and buildings (sometimes more than 50% in some European cities) with increased blue light radiation increases suppression of melatonin regulating sleep.1,2,3,4,6 
Red light therapy is a term that uses both red light, with a wavelength of 600-700nm, and near infrared (NIR) that has a wavelength of 700 to 1,100nm. Both of these bands of wavelength are thought to act upon the mitochondria to stimulate ATP (the energy molecule) production. Although this would seem counter to sleep, red and NIR light has been shown to increase the production of melatonin outside of its traditional synthesis within the pineal gland. It is thought that this is related to melatonin's role in helping to protect the mitochondria from radical oxygen species.1,2
Red light has also been shown to help reset the circadian rhythm alongside its ability to increase melatonin synthesis and promote sleep.3,4