If you have trouble sleeping you are not alone. Maybe you’ve already tried relaxation techniques, medication or different home remedies. But if you’re still having problems to sleep through the night, this is the right article for you.
We are aware that spending time in nature has a lot of health benefits. But, if we bring a little bit of nature indoors, will it be better for us to have a good sleep at night? The answer is YES.
Bringing plants inside have a lot of benefits, including:
• Better air quality
• Better smell
• Less anxiety
• Improved brain function
• Headache relief
• Cold/illness prevention
• Boosted mood
• IMPROVED SLEEP
NASA did an entire study of plants and their ability of calming and cleaning effects around us.
Here, we will present you with the top 10 plants that can help you sleep better.
Increased oxygen may help with quality of sleep and insomnia. Aloe Vera is also called “the plant of immortality”, it can be easily kept alive and reproduced easily.
#2 Lavender Plant
We know the benefits from lavender essential oil. But, lavender has been shown helpful in all its forms. Lavender plants can reduce anxiety, stress, improve sleep, slow heart rate and even can help in reducing baby crying.
#3 Jasmine Plant
This exotic plant also helps in improving the quality of sleep. The smell of jasmine can reduce anxiety and stress, and help you calm down.
This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.
Not only that, but this research suggests that the positive effects of such a high quality sleep lead you enjoy increased alertness and productivity during the day.
With such beautiful pink or ivory blossoms, there seem to be no downsides to adding a Jasmine bloom to your boudoir!
#4 English Ivy Plant
English ivy was chosen as NUMBER ONE plant by NASA.
This plant purifies the air, and what’s more important, it helps in reducing the airborne mold to 94 %.
Therefore, this amazing plant can be especially beneficial to those, suffering from breathing problems and asthma and to improve their sleeping quality.
#5 Snake Plant
The Snake plant is easy to keep alive and it is a great choice for interior decoration. These plants filter the oxygen and improve the quality of the air. Studies have shown that they help with respiratory symptoms, headaches and eye irritation.
*WARNING: This plant has been declared toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have animals that like to eat your indoor plants, please do be careful and place this plant away from them, or find an alternative plant to help you make fresh air.
#6 Spider Plant
Not to be confused with the Snake Plant, the Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.
Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around. In addition to cleansing the air, it will also absorb odors and fumes as well as sustaining oxygen levels in the room, promoting better sleep.
#7 Peace Lily
*Not just pleasing to the eye, the Peace Lily is another of NASA’s superstar plants, helping to filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins.
The moisture given off by these striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. This suppresses airborne microbes which can lead to allergies, and also helps relieve those irritating dry noses and throats that keep you awake all night. Growing plants in water will provide moisture to the air – no need for a humidifier.
A nice shady position (out of the reach of pets and children) and weekly watering is all the Peace Lily needs – that’s not too much to ask in return for a great night’s sleep.
#8 Bamboo Palm
Also known as a Reed Palm, this small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.
Not only will you be able to enjoy your home’s pure, fresh air during the day, but you’ll enjoy a fantastic night’s sleep too.
Given its exotic origins, the Bamboo Palm will bring a tropical, warm feel to your bedroom. It’s fairly easy to care for – just keep the soil moist (but not wet) and place the plant in indirect sunlight.
#9 Golden Pothos
*With its marbled, heart-shaped leaves, the Golden Pothos is another exceptional air purifying plant according to NASA.
Those with a busy schedule will particularly welcome this ivy-like vine. Not only will you have a better quality of sleep but you need not worry too much about nurturing it – a couple of hours of morning sun and a little water once a week is all it requires.
It makes a great hanging plant too – which curbs its invasive nature and keeps its mildly toxic leaves out of the reach of pets and children.
With glossy evergreen leaves and beautifully scented blossoms, Gardenias are a popular plant choice for bedrooms.
When Adding Plants to Your Home
Always check if they are toxic to children and animals to ensure they are suitable for your family.
Remember to wipe the leaves every week or so to ensure the plants can effectively do their job – just look at it as the equivalent of changing the filter in your air purifier!
Choose a good mix of those that purify the air and those that induce sleep through their scent for optimum results.
NASA recommend between 15 and 18 air-purifying plants in an 1800 square foot home, with a few of these in each bedroom.
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