Quality sleep affects our physical, emotional and mental performance. We perform better if we are having enough sleep free of disruptions. According to research, there are certain plants that have been proven to improve air quality, fight allergies and have anti-insomnia properties if placed in the bedroom. With stress and anxiety causing insomnia issue, you need house plant that brings the calming effect and purifies the air inside while you sleep. Below is a list of seven house plant that will help you sleep better based on the properties and effects they contain.
1. Lavender Plant
The relaxant property of lavender is what makes it a perfect fit for your bedroom. It can help with restless, insomnia, headaches, toothaches, joint ache and it has been proven to reduce levels of stress, lower blood pressure and slow down the heart rate. There are tons of lavender scent in the stores but the lavender plant is more effective in inducing sleep and reducing anxiety levels. Lavender likes warmth and sunlight, therefore, place it somewhere near the window and remember to draw curtains every morning. Additionally, don’t overwater the plant to prevent rotting of the roots due to the excess water.
Jasmine plant has a gentle, soothing scent on the body and mind that helps reduce anxiety levels giving you quality sleep. Great sleep makes you more alert and productive throughout the day. Though jasmine is not a traditional houseplant, it has gained more popularity and you can easily acquire one for your bedroom. Jasmine has almost similar effects as lavender.
3. Peace Lily
Peace lily helps filter harmful toxin from the air, boost room humidity by 5% and suppress airborne microbes which can lead to allergies. Additionally, it helps relieve itchy nose and throat that keep you turning and tossing at night. If your bedroom doesn’t have big windows, this is the ideal plant for you since it can survive in low light conditions. Peace lily plant is easy to take care of, water it weekly and keep it away from pets and children.
4. The Snake Plant
Snake plant also called ‘Mother-in Law’s Tongue’ is a recommend plant for your bedroom since it’s a natural air purifier. It simultaneously emits oxygen while taking in carbon dioxide at night which helps improve the quality of indoor air so you get better sleep. This plant also filters nasty house toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. Snake plant doesn’t require much attention; you need to place it somewhere it can receive indirect sunlight. Also, don’t continuously water it due to rotting.
5. Spider Plant
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), spider plant removes around 90% of potential cancer-causing chemical like formaldehyde from the air. It’s a great plant to keep in your bedroom if you want to eliminate formaldehyde which is found in most household products like grout and fillers. In addition to that, it helps sustain oxygen in the room by absorbing odor and fumes hence you get better sleep all night long. Spider plant requires low maintenance which includes well-drained soil and indirect sunlight.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural medicine with so many therapeutic benefits in any of its many forms including juice, gel, tablet, cream among others. NASA lists the Aloe Vera plant as one of the top air purifiers thus, improving your sleep. Like most other houseplants, aloe vera also fight harmful toxins that float around the room. You can use Aloe Vera gel for minor cuts, dry skin, insect bike, and burns. Before watering the plant, you need to check the dryness of the soil and also, allow the soil to dry at least two inches deep. Other than that, the plant is easy to maintain with lots of benefits.
Valerian scent is commonly used to induce sleep quickly, also, helps with relaxing the muscles and central nervous system. It contains isovaleric acid and valepotriates which contributes to the quality and quantity of your sleep. The roots of the valerian tree are used as tea or tincture and its extract can be used by people suffering from insomnia. This plant requires a lot of sunlight and enough water to moisture the soil to avoid overheating.
When adding plants to your home make sure they’re suitable for your family. To improve the quality of your sleep, you need to have at least one household plant for your bedroom. Most of the plants require low maintenance compared to the benefits they provide. With houseplants, you get natural night sleep without help from the sleeping pills.