Most of us turn to convectional sleeping pills, warm milk, soothing music and slip into dreamland. All these will help you to have a better sleep. Having houseplants can bring the beauty of outdoors to inside. If you are unable to sleep well these plants will help you to change the quality of air in bedroom and make the environment feel more refreshing. Spending time in nature helps to boost your mood and enhance your creativity.
Center for disease control and prevention stated that insufficient sleep is public major health problem. Insufficient sleep leads to lack of energy and poor health. Stress and anxiety can cause sleep related problems. Many studies shows that nature helps to lower cortisol level and blood pressure. It also boosts immune function and triggers relaxation.
Best plants to keep it in your bedroom for better sleep are as follows.
Jasmine is a plant with lovely little white flowers, sweet scent that has been recommended for its relaxing qualities and it has impact on greater sleep efficiency when compared to other fragrance plants. It can boost the features of bedroom with tiny trumpet shaped flowers.
The medicinal uses of jasmine are well documented. The compounds in jasmine are linalool, benzoic acetate, indole, jasmon, salicylic acid will help you to have better sleep. Jasmine used in natural medicine is to enhance the immunity of the body and to fight against fever.
Snake plant is one of the easiest plants to take care of that can be watered little for every 2-3 weeks. It can be used for interior decorating, filters oxygen and thereby improving atmosphere of home. It also cleans airborne toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene that are dangerous at night times.
During photosynthesis process (day-time) plants take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. At night times the process is reverse; plants take in oxygen and emit carbon dioxide. But snake plant usually emits oxygen at night times that gives a better sleep.
It protects people from causing eye irritation, respiratory symptoms, headaches and improves productivity levels.
Aloe Vera plant
Aloe Vera is listed as one of the top most air-purifying plants by NAHA. It is known as the “Plant of Immortality” that reproduces easily, meaning that one plant will spawn enough babies to fill your home. It contains the compounds called polyphenols and flavonoids that are responsible for better sleep.
Chopping Aloe Vera produces gel that is used to relieve minor cuts, insect bites and sunburns. It also emits oxygen at night and gives us an adequate supply. Aloe Vera lessens the visibility of stretch marks, treats constipation, helps with digestion and boosts the immune system. It cures insomnia and improves quality of sleep.
Spider plant often called as Chlorophytum comosum. It grows about 60 centimeters in height and has simple green and yellow colored narrow leaves that can fit for any décor. Spider plant is abundantly seen in the regions of Africa, Europe and Australia. It is perfect for bedroom with low maintenance and cost.
Spider plant is a wonderful natural air-purifier to remove formaldehyde from air with 90% efficiency in bedrooms both day and night. It contains beta carotene, vitamin c, calcium, magnesium and powerful anti-oxidants. It will drop odors, fumes and oxygen levels promoting relaxation and better sleep.
Spider plant absorbs carbon monoxide which is colorless, odorless and tasteless toxic gas. Though it is helpful in moderating earth’s atmosphere, it is harmful to humans causing headache, nausea, weakness, exhaustion, dizziness and angina.
English ivy is a plant that astronaut take into space as it is good at air purification. It is easy to grow, survives at moderate temperatures and medium sunlight exposure.
English ivy can reduce the amount of molds in air by 94% within a span of 12hrs when kept in bedroom and looks great in indoor hanging basket where the leaves can trail down.
It helps to ease breathing problems such as asthma in some people. It is poisonous , so keep it away from children and pets.
Pothos have golden heart shaped leaves that are popular in North America. It’s a hard plant that can survive in low light and cold temperatures. Pothos in homes and offices rids the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
It can remove 9000 micro organisms of formaldehyde, 70% of airborne benzene in air and is susceptible to pests and pathogen problems. Pests affecting golden pathogens include mealy bugs, spider mites and scale insects.
Place it near bedroom window to detoxify any air that may be coming in. It helps to deter illness and give an assist in breathing.
Rubber plant often called as Ficus elastica and improves indoor air quality. The large leaves can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down rendering harmless.
The major source of natural rubber plant is a member of sprung family is preferred because it grows well under cultivation. It helps you to have a better sleep.
Lavender plant is one of the best of all plants that handles a better sleep. It has a soothing aroma which helps to relax . Lavender scented lotions, soaps and oils have wide applications in commercial market.
Fragrance of lavender helps to slowdown heart rate and anxiety levels. It stops crying in babies and keep them calm . It acts as a bug repellent, pain relief, treats digestion and respiratory disorders.
Lily (spathiphyllum). It is an everlasting plant that grows to a height of 60-150 cms. It has symmetrical shaped leaves. The flowers of these plants have petals and sepals that are identical in size and color.
The white lily comes from liliaceae family and grows throughout western Asia and Mediterranean regions. The moisture created by striking flowers can boost room humidity by 5%.
The lily plant is very easy to care and used internally and externally for therapeutic purposes to treat diseases. It helps to relieve allergy symptoms, dry noses and throats by suppressing airborne microbes.
Valerian is a flowering plant with heads of white flowers. It grows well in summer to a height of 5 feet in Asia, Europe and North America. The scent of valerian makes you fall asleep quicker and enjoy better quality of sleep. You can add few valerian petals to your bath water to help you drift off.
Medicine comes from valerian root for sleep disorders. It mixes with lemon balm or other herbs to cure drowsiness. It acts as sedative on brain and nervous system.
Women use valerian for menstrual cramps and also for hot flashes and anxiety.
Gardenia is a genus of all flowering plants in garden family and may grow up to 1-5 meters. Leaves are broad, dark green and glossy with a leathery texture. It grows in the subtropical regions of Japan, china, Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands.
People even use gardenias in place of sleeping pills as an eco friendly to deal with sleep issues. It has strong smelling agent which can induce feelings of deep attraction.
The gardenia roots and leaves helps to cure fever and in cleaning the body.
- Remember to wipe the dried leaves every week.
- No need to any sort of fertilizers to these plants.
- Check whether the plants are toxic to children and pets.
- Water the plants a little and place them in a sunny location.
- Purchase a pot that has holes at the bottom for proper drainage system.
- Choose a good mix of plants that purifies air and induces sleep through their fragrance.
- Choosing right plants for your bedroom can be a great way to get rid of sleeping disorders.
Most people have no idea that the quality of air (containing harmful contaminants) can affect the quality of sleep, wellness and health. By adding more indoor plants you will not only gain pure air but also find annoying symptoms that you have been experiencing from years began to improve.