Another sleepless night has passed and you have to get up and go through your busy day giving your best. What’s more difficult than that? Sleeping disorders will drain your energy, reduce your productivity, make you moody and nervous and in a worst case scenario cause some difficult health problems.
There’s one easy way how you can improve your sleeping without having to rely on sleeping pills. Bring flowers and plants into your home. They will not only spice up the décor, but they will also help you relax and purify your body-eventually leading to better sleep.
Since anxiety and stress are guilty of half of the sleeping disorders, it will certainly do you good if you decorate your house with various plants which have calming effects.
According to studies, spending time in nature is the best cure for stress and anxiety, but since we are living such a fast-paced life and we can’t afford going to nature very often, then why not bring nature to us.
Polluted air, molds, bad odor are a few things which affect greatly on our breathing, causing insomnia and sleeping disorders. According to a study conducted by NASA, these could be easily solved just by decorating your home with a few plants which can purify the air.
Due to their purifying and calming effects, these are the 12 plants which will help you sleep better:
Jasmine is an exotic, gentle plant which has many calming effects. According to a study having jasmine in your home will be helpful in reducing anxiety, thus improving the quality of sleep. And not to mention, jasmine plant care is easy and will enrich the appearance of your room. It’ll attract a lot of attention with its ivory or pink blossoms.
The research also showed that such quality sleeping will increase your readiness and you’ll make the most of your day.
And not to mention, this plant will enrich the appearance of your room. It’ll attract a lot of attention with its ivory or pink blossoms.
All of us are familiar with the smell of lavender. Lavender is also famous for its calming and relaxing effects which can induce sleep and reduce anxiety and nervousness. A research has confirmed that the smell of lavender slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.
Another study has shown how lavender scent calmed down crying babies, and at the same time reduced the level of stress in the child and the mother as well. Isn’t this great news for all new mothers?
Lavender scent will increase light sleep in women, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and will also decrease the period of time to wake after first you’ve fallen asleep, but it’ll have the opposite effect in men.
Sure there are many alternatives where you can get lavender scent from, like lavender mattresses or scented sleep masks. But a beautiful lavender plant will fill the room with amazing scent and enrich the décor as well.
Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
The Snake plant is number one plant when it comes to purifying the air. That’s because it takes in the carbon dioxide during the night while at the same time emits oxygen, thus filling the room with clean air, providing us with better sleep.
This plant is also an effective filter to some nasty household toxins from the air, like trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
Another positive side of the Snake plant is that it’s pretty strong and easy-to-care-for plant. So if you are one of those who want plants but find it difficult to take care for them, the Snake plant is the real choice for you.
You can purchase it in a 6 inch pot from this page on Amazon.
The Aloe Vera has the same effect as the Snake plant. It takes in the carbon dioxide and emits oxygen. The amazing Aloe is also an easy-to-take care for plant, so don’t worry if you forget to water it sometimes.
The Aloe Vera reproduces very fast, so if you have only one plant for now, soon you’ll have enough to decorate every room of your house and even give some as a gift to your friends and family.
Since the Aloe Vera needs a lot of sunlight, the perfect place for this plant would be by the window.
The gel from the Aloe Vera is an excellent healer of insect bites, minor cuts, burns and it’s also good for dry skin and much more. Aren’t these reasons enough for you to have this plant at your home?
These beautiful flowers are another great choice for your bedroom because they can be very helpful in providing you with quality sleep. According to some studies Gardenias are as effective as Valium in reducing anxiety and promoting quality sleep.
But Gardenias can be difficult to take care for, because they need a constant care in order to maintain the leaves beautiful. Place an indoor Gardenia in a place with enough daylight, but do not expose it on direct sunlight.
The benefits you’ll get from having a Gardenia in your home are worth putting a little effort in trying to take care of it.
The Spider plant is also very effective air cleanser. According to NASA tests, it’s good in removing 90% of formaldehyde- which is considered as cancer causing chemical. And formaldehyde is one of the components in many household products so maybe it’s a good idea to have one of these plants around.
Plus the Spider plant will absorb bad smells and fumes and maintain normal level of oxygen in the room, thus improving your sleep.
The Valerian is a seasonal flowering plant. Its scented white or pink flowers bloom in summer.
In the 16th century the blossoms of the Valerian were used as a perfume and its root was the major ingredient of tea or tinctures. The Roman philosopher and physician, Galen prescribed Valerian root as a cure for insomnia.
Recent research proved that Galen was right in his theory- it’s sufficient to only smell the root and you’ll fall asleep fast and sound.
Keep this plant by the window since it needs 6 hours of direct sunlight. You can also add several petals to your bath to help you relax.
English Ivy is an easy-to-take-care-of plant which requires a little direct sunlight exposure and is very effective in cleansing the air.
According to studies the English Ivy is good in fighting allergies and asthma- which can cause many sleeping disorders. In a report from The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology it was said that this plant removed 78% of airborne mold and 94% of airborne feces in a period of 12 hours.
We all know how harmful sleeping in a room filled of mold is, so buying an English Ivy is not a bad idea at all.
The plant will look luxurious in a hanging basket with its leaves trailing down. But you should have in mind that it’s toxic, so make sure it’s out of reach for pets and children.
The Peace Lily is not only a beautiful plant to look at. It’s also a champion in filtering trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
This plant can raise the level of moisture in a room by up to 5%, thus suppressing airborne microbes which cause allergies. It also calms down an irritated dry nose and dry throat which can cause sleeping disorders as well.
Place your Peace Lily in a shady place, keep it away from children and pets and water it once a week- it doesn’t need much and it’ll provide you with good night’s sleep.
The Bamboo Palm or the Reed Palm is an exotic plant which will replace the chemical air fresheners.
Place it in a shady place, water it regularly but be careful not to wet the soil too much and enjoy in clean, fresh air throughout the day and night.
Yellow, orange, pink, white- the choice is yours. These beautiful flowers will certainly improve your mood. But that’s not all they can do. Gerbera Daisies also purify the air during the night and release oxygen, thus help you breathe easily while you’re sleeping. These daisies will certainly be helpful if you suffer from allergies or apnea.
Have in mind that these Daisies require extra attention since they are easily prone to fungal diseases.
NASA names this plant as another excellent air cleanser. The Golden Pothos has heart-shaped leaves and it’s an easy-to-take-care for plant. A few hours of sunlight exposure and weekly watering it’s all this plant needs.
The best place for this plant is in a hanging basket. Keep it out of pets’ and children’s reach because it’s a toxic plant.
When Bringing Plants to Your Home:
- You should make sure that they aren’t toxic to pets and children.
- Don’t forget to wipe their leaves at least once a week so they can do their job of filtering the air effectively.
- For better results combine plants which will purify the air and those which will provide you with good night’s sleep.
- According to NASA 15-18 air-cleansing plants in an 1800 square foot house will be enough.