Plants can help you sleep!
Did you know that by keeping some indoor plants close by can help you achieve a restful night's sleep? Who'd a thought!
With many of us struggling to get to sleep at a time we would ideally like, it appears now more than ever sleep deprived people are turning to soothing music and conventional sleeping pills to help them dose off. But why not try the natural way?
There’s nothing worse than constantly waking up all night, before being awoken by the sound of your alarm just minutes after you've finally managed to drift off! Sleepless nights can take their toll on your energy, mood and overall quality of your day.
If you are battling with a bad night's sleep, these houseplants might help change the quality of air circulation in your bedroom. They also work to provide a refreshing atmosphere. So, here are the indoor plants we find help aid a more peaceful sleep, every night.
Aloe vera is known for releasing oxygen at night which provides our brain with an adequate supply to help us snooze. Most houseplants require little maintenance, and aloe vera are extremely easy to take care of. Aloe vera is used in many products for the home, including towels and mattresses.
As well as helping to work against a bad nights sleep, this plant also helps improve your quality of sleep. A bonus, it also reproduces easily, doesn’t need too much sunlight and also doesn’t need much watering.
Ivy is easy to grow and is a known air purifier. Many people believe this plant helps ease breathing problems and can aid conditions such as asthma. Ivy is easy to maintain and to keep indoors. You can place ivy in a pot inside your home or be more creative and hang in a pot beside your bed above your side table.
The Spider Plant is a fantastic air cleanser. NASA studies show the plant removing around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Brilliant! In addition to cleansing the air in your bedroom, this plant will also absorb odors. The spider plant also sustains oxygen levels in the room, meaning you'll be drifting into the land of nod in no time!
Not only a lovely plant to look at, the Peace Lily is another of NASA’s champion plants, helping to filter out harmful toxins found in the air.
The moisture given off by these striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. This helps prevent airborne microbes which can lead to allergies. It can also help relieve those irritating dry throats that keep you awake all night!
A nice shady position and weekly watering is all the Peace Lily needs – I think we can all manage that for a great night's sleep.
The scent of lavender is the marmite of the plant world, but it’s also probably the most well-known of all plants. It is especially know for when it comes to inducing sleep and reducing stress levels. Studies have backed these claims, with lavender scents shown to lower blood pressure and levels of stress.
One study found that the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies. Other studies found the plant capable of reducing stress in both parent and child. This is something all new parents will be happy to hear! Lavender has been shown to decrease the amount of time you wake up during the night.
While there are a wide variety of lavender scented products out there on the market to help you get a peaceful night’s rest (like scented air fresheners) why not go for the real thing and the cost effective option – a wonderful lavender plant placed on your bedside table.
So which one of these indoor plants do you already own or would like to keep inside your bedroom?