Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You’re not alone!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that insufficient sleep is a public health problem and have spent thousands of dollars and hours trying to figure out the solution.
If you’ve tried medication, relaxation techniques, a better mattress, banana tea and other remedies, but are still tossing and turning through the night, this article is for you!
We all know that spending time out in Mother Nature has numerous health benefits. Is it possible that bringing a little bit of Mother Nature INDOORS could help you get better sleep at night?
There are a lot of benefits to bringing plants into your house, including:
– Better air quality
– Reduced stress
– Less anxiety
– Better smell
– Headache relief
– Boosted mood
– Cold/illness prevention
– Improved brain function
– IMPROVED SLEEP
Many different plants have a calming and cleansing effect on the environment, so Nasa did an entire study of this ability of the plants. To get better sleep and to improve the vibe of your bedroom, here you have the top 5 plants we think are the most effective.
English Ivy Plant
A study carried out by NASA included English Ivy as the number one best air-purifying plant. This is due to it being the most efficient plant when absorbing formaldehyde.
English Ivy is easy to grow and it survives in moderate temperatures and medium sun light exposure. English Ivy appears to be the best bedroom plant to help you sleep in terms of efficiency and ease.
Other studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which all sufferers know can seriously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! As mold can affect our breathing, it is definitely a plant to have at hand for a great night’s sleep!
This evergreen vine looks great in an indoor hanging basket, or placed on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. It is toxic to kids and pets though, so make sure to keep it out of their reach!
This plant, also known as ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’, is a natural air purifier. They emit oxygen at night, improving the air around you so that you sleep better. They are also known to remove some harmful chemicals such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be found in hairspray and can cause respiratory problems, so this is a great plant to have in the bedroom!
Woman sitting by window with snake plant
The smell of lavender is recognised everywhere as a great aid for relaxation. Lavender has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom. A study by the Miami Miller School of Medicine even showed that the scent of lavender in bath oil calmed babies and sent them off into a deeper sleep, while also reducing stress in the mother. The lavender plant likes warmth and sunlight, so ensure to place it on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly.
Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe vera was listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants because it is able to emit oxygen at night, which means that with increased oxygen supply at night, it may help you with insomnia and improve overall quality of sleep. What’s more, it is an excelent indoor plant, because it has a host of benefits and is easy to keep alive.
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 bring about increased alertness and productivity during the day!
The Wheeling Jesuit University conducted a study that has proven the efficacy of jasmine as a natural sleeping aid.
Positive effects include the quality of sleep, decreased anxiety and improved mood upon wakening. Jasmine plant can also bolster the features of your bedroom, with its sweeping vines and collectives of tiny trumpet-shaped flowers. With such beautiful pink or ivory blossoms, there seem to be no downsides to adding a jasmine bloom to your boudoir!
Most people have no idea that the quality of their air can affect their quality of sleep as well as their overall health and wellness. Mold and other airborne contaminants can be a major underlying factor in illness and disease.
By adding more indoor plants to your home, you will not only gain purer air, but may also find that annoying symptoms you’ve been experiencing for years begin to improve.