Best Houseplants For A Good Night’s Rest
According to growing statistics, over 23% of the world’s population is heavily sleep-derived, with American consumers having spent a reported $41 billion on sleep aids and remedies in 2015. That being said, there has to be an easier and more financially convenient way of getting a proper night’s rest. It’s no secret that plants can provide a plethora of health benefits that include providing oxygen and alleviating anxiety (You can read about why you should add a plant to your office desk here). When considering the benefits that houseplants can have on our overall health, bringing nature into your bedroom would certainly help in providing you with sweet dreams.
If you’re struggling to get some shut-eye, instead of counting sheep, simply introduce a few of these houseplants into your bedroom.
Known in Ancient Egypt as ‘the food of immortality’ and now regularly used medicinally, it should come as no surprise that Aloe Vera is a great plant to choose when in need of good sleep.
This low-maintenance plant emits oxygen as you sleep and this then makes it easier to enjoy a restful night. You can place it on your bedroom window, as this houseplant does need a lot of direct sunlight and don’t be shy in breaking off a piece of its leaf and using its gel to treat your sunburn or cold sores.
English ivy (also referred to as common ivy) is a good plant to choose from when it comes to purifying the air, with one study revealing how it helps in improving symptoms of allergies and asthma. Anything that affects our breathing is more than likely to affect our sleeping patterns, thus adding English ivy as a houseplant to your bedroom is a good way to go.
While this plant can survive in low light conditions and low temperatures, be sure to keep it away from pets and kids as it is quite toxic.
While it’s sure to provide your bedroom with a lovely, intoxicating scent – the jasmine plant can also help give you a good sleep! According to a study out of Wheeling Jesuit University, the scent of the jasmine plant improved the quality of sleep individuals who were exposed to it. It also lowered their anxiety levels, which likely contributed to better sleep. Moreover, their levels of alertness and productivity were also heightened.
When you’re caring for a jasmine plant, remember that it needs full sunlight and its soil needs to be moist and well-drained. Your best bet in this regard is planting it outside a window and enjoying the fresh scent wafting through the open window, or if you have a good place in your house that can provide these conditions, enjoy the scent right inside your walls.
Similar to the jasmine plant, the scent of lavender can help to boost sleep quality by reducing stress and anxiety levels. Lavender has also been linked to lowering the heart rate and this can also lead to a better night’s rest.
If you’re caring for a lavender houseplant, be sure to water it regularly, but take care not to over-water it.
Peace lilies are beautiful flowers that help in keeping the air clean. Not only do they remove toxins from the air, but they also increase the humidity. By doing so, they are then reducing allergies and relieving symptoms associated with sinus problems.
In exchange for easing your sinus problems, all this plant needs in return is semi-shade and weekly watering.
You don’t need to conquer any arachnophobia in order to purchase this plant.
The spider plant, with its long, hanging green leaves, is considered by NASA to be the best plant when it comes to keeping the air clean. In fact, it removes up to 90% of harsh and potentially cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene – commonly found in a number of household products – from the air.
The spider also helps in sustaining oxygen levels. Keep these houseplants’ soil moist to ensure that they, as well as the other plants mentioned above, keep you from counting sheep.
Bottom line on sleep and houseplants
While green life and houseplants in your home will certainly have a positive effect on your quality of sleep, there are various other natural tips you can try to ensure you enjoy good z’s. Click here to find out which things keep you from doing just this.