Plants that will Improve your Sleep10th Jun 2022
Houseplants are not just a pretty addition to your home; they also have amazing health benefits. Herewith some of the plants and flowers renowned for their relaxing and purifying benefits, which can also promote a good night’s sleep.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera
Aloe vera is known for its soothing properties and is used to relief sunburn but that’s not all, it’s also great for helping you sleep. The Aloe vera plant releases oxygen at night that in turn purifies the air to helps us breathe easier while sleeping. This plant in particular is great for purifying formaldehyde and benzene.
Areca Palm – Dypsis lutescens
The Areca is a palm tree with exotic looking leaves that gives you a tropical feel. What makes this plant so special is that it has the ability acts as a natural humidifier, which is great for those that suffer with sinus. Areca palms can also purify toxins like formaldehyde from the air.
Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea seifrizii
Placing a Bamboo palm in your room will give it a warm clean feel as these trees are quite large. They are great for purifying airborne toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. To support your palm leaves place it close to a window so that the leaves can absorb enough light.
Bromeliad – Bromeliaceae
Another tropical plant is the Bromeliad, these plants increase oxygen in the evening while absorbing carbon dioxide during the day. The Bromelaid is always working to ensure you have clean air to breath in leaving you with a fresh and clean sleeping environment.
Chamomile – Matricaria chamomilla
Chamomile is used in essential oils, teas, and various other things to help people relax and unwind. This herb has many health benefits and as studies show, chamomile induces sleep making it more likely to have uninterrupted sleep. Use the blooms of your plant to make fresh tea and oils. Chamomile plants are toxic to dogs and cats.
English Ivy – Hedera helix
If you struggle with allergies and asthma then this is the plant for you. A study found that the English ivy reduces airborne mould and faeces. According to NASA, English ivy is a high-ranking air purifier and therefore, great for those who just want cleaner air for a better night’s sleep or to alleviate allergies and asthma. Keep it out of reach from kids and animals since as it is toxic when ingested.
Gardenia – Gardenia jasminoides
Fragrant florals commonly found in flower gardens. Gardenias emit a fresh smell that reduces stress and induces sleep. Researchers in Germany discovered that its fragrances can have the same effects as commonly prescribed sleeping pills like Valium. So, instead of reaching for the sleeping pills rather get a Gardenia that will assist with your sleeping problems naturally.
Jasmine – Jasminum
The sweet fragrance of Jasmine has shown in clinical studies to reduce anxiety levels, thereby aiding in relaxation and improving sleep quality. The distinct fragrance of Jasmine has been used in various perfumes and essential oils. Having a jasmine plant in your bedroom at night will contribute to increased alertness and productivity during the day.
Lavender – Lavandula
Lavender is a popular bedroom plant as it lowers heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels and relaxes you during the day and quickly puts you to sleep at night. A study found that lavender bath oil calmed babies as well as help put them to sleep.
This is a tropical flower that absorb carbon dioxide during the day and release oxygen in the evening. Keep some of these flowers on your nightstand to make breathing easier at night.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies are one of the best plants for purifying all five VOCs (benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, xylene, 1,3-butadiene) and prevent the formation of mildew. Keep away from children and pets, Peace Lily’s are very toxic should not be ingested.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
The Snake plant also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” has great properties to improve the quality of the air we breathe in. It remove toxins, specifically formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene. This plant is similar to the Peace Lily, where it transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen at night.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Inhaling the scent from a valerian flower can help you quickly fall asleep and stay asleep, as it helps with relaxing the muscles and central nervous system. Those who suffer from insomnia can use the Valerian extract to increase the quality of sleep.
As you can see, it is very important for your sleep and general well-being to keep your bedroom furnished with a few fellow earthly cohabitants.