Need some help sleeping at night? Did you know that there are plants you can purchase for your home, particularly the bedroom, that assist in helping you sleep? Just like we covered 23 herbs that can help you medicinally AND natural ways to boost fertility, join us as we cover 5 bedroom plants that will help you sleep.
Ever noticed how getting fresh air can help you have a great sleep? There’s nothing like a big hike, or a swim in the sea, or a day out in the park, to help you sleep better that night. Of course, it’s often the fresh air, or the physical activity, or the exertion of running after kids, that sends you into Sleepsville quickly. It’s the Great Outdoors singing its own kind of lullaby.
Still, Mother Nature has even more mysterious ways of weaving her spell on us. She can help us to fall in love with the right romantic setting (if you’ve ever kissed someone in a field of sunflowers, you’ll know what I mean!) She can make us feel scared, or relaxed, or hungry. She can even help us to fall asleep, with a few carefully selected plants.
So if you’re having trouble sleeping, turn to Mother Nature for help. Starting with these bedroom plants to send you to sleep. Note: You don’t have to choose them all; one or two is all you need for a sounder snooze!
No, I’m not talking about the foxy star of Disney’s best offering (hello, princess!)… I’m talking about the plant.
This exotic-sounding-and-smelling plant is known for soothing the body and mind. In fact, one study showed that jasmine can even reduce anxiety levels, plus give your productivity and mental aptitude a boost during your waking hours. No genie needed; Jasmine can be your antidote to sleepless nights.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is the queen of versatility. It can be used in homemade shampoos for added moisture. It can be used to soothe sunburn, heal minor cuts, or added to yogurts for a great digestive aid. Plus it looks really pretty!
As a sleep aid, aloe vera emits oxygen during the night, making for a purer sleep environment. It’s also really really easy to maintain and doesn’t require frequent watering; hence it being dubbed the “plant of immortality”. So if you’ve got a tendency to accidentally kill each plant you buy, this one’s a pretty safe bet.
3. Snake Plant
Also – and rather strangely – known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”, this bad boy’s a lot more loving than its name would have you think.
It kindly emits oxygen at night while simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide. If that sounds familiar, you obviously paid attention in biology; that’s what we do when we breathe! This doesn’t mean the snake plant actually breathes on your behalf (although that’d be pretty cool), but it does purify the air through this action. It also filters out common household toxins – like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene – so that you get a better sleep. Nice.
Oh, and snake plants are really easy to look after, too. Good news for those who aren’t a fan of high-maintenance bedroom companions. 😉
4. Peace Lily
With a name like that, it’s sure to help you relax at night, right?! Right.
In fact, the peace lily is another top plant for filtering harmful toxins from the air. Plus, it can increase a room’s humidity by up to 5%. As well as keeping you nice and snug, this prevents airborne microbes from forming – which can lead to allergies and the scratchy dry throat that can keep you up at night.
Far cheaper (and quieter!) than an electric air humidifier… and more easy on the eye, too. Keep it in a shady place and water it once a week, and that’s all you gotta do.
5. English Ivy
This leafy legend is quick to grow, easy to maintain and only needs a little sunlight to survive (don’t we all?!)
It’s best known for improving symptoms of asthma and other allergies – which can seriously disrupt our sleep. In fact, in a 2005 study, English Ivy was found to remove 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! As mold can affect your sleep, and your overall health, this is definitely a plant to have on – and by – your side. Careful though: the plant looks cool but it’s also toxic to kids and pets. So hang it from an indoor basket and keep it out of reach.
Well, that’s 5 of my favorite plants to help me snooze. But there are plenty more out there. So before turning to screechy CDs of jungle noises, turn to a more natural aspect of Mother Nature instead. Bring the Great Outdoors into your bedroom and sleep sounder as a result.
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