If you have had a sleepless night and you have to get up and go through your busy day, you know that it’s really difficult. If you have any sleeping disorders, it will drain your energy, reduce your productivity, make you moody and nervous and even cause some difficult health problems.
You can improve your sleeping without having to rely on sleeping pills by bringing flowers and plants into your home. Those plants can spice up the décor, and also help you relax and purify your body-eventually leading to better sleep.
These plants certainly do you good since anxiety and stress are guilty of half of the sleeping disorders by keeping them at your house.
Some studies reveal that the best cure for stress and anxiety is spending time in nature. We can bring nature to us since we are living such a fast-paced life and we can’t afford to go to nature very often.
Polluted air, molds, bad odor can greatly affect on our breathing, causing insomnia and sleeping disorders. These issues can be easily solved by decorating your home with a few plants which can purify the air according to a study conducted by NASA.
These are the 12 plants which will help you sleep better due to their purifying and calming effects:
Jasmine is an exotic, gentle plant that has many benefits. A study reveals that having jasmine in your home will be helpful in reducing anxiety and improving the quality of sleep. It’s easy to care the jasmine plant and this plant has the ability to enrich the appearance of your room. This plant gets a lot of attention with its ivory or pink blossoms.
Having such quality sleep will increase your readiness. This plant will also enrich the appearance of your room.
We all are familiar with the smell of lavender. Lavender has calming and relaxing effects which can induce sleep and reduce anxiety and nervousness. According to research the smell of lavender slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.
Lavender scent has the ability to calm down crying babies, and reduce the level of stress in the child and the mother as well.
Lavender scent also has the ability to increase light sleep in women, and decrease rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. This will also decrease the time to wake after first you’ve fallen asleep, and that’ll have the opposite effect in men.
You can get lavender scent from, like lavender mattresses or scented sleep masks. But the plant can fill the room with amazing scent and enrich the décor as well.
Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
The Snake plant is best for purifying the air as it takes in the carbon dioxide during the night while at the same time emits oxygen, and filling the room with clean air, providing us with better sleep.
Snake Plant is an effective filter to some nasty household toxins from the air, like trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
This plant is pretty strong and easy-to-care. You can purchase it in a 6 inch pot from this page on Amazon.
The Aloe Vera takes in the carbon dioxide and emits oxygen. It is also an easy-to-take care for plant.
If you have only one plant for now, you’ll have enough to decorate every room of your house and even give some as a gift to your friends and family soon as the Aloe Vera reproduces very fast.
The perfect place for Aloe Vera would be by the window since it needs a lot of sunlight.
The gel from the Aloe Vera is used to heal insect bites, minor cuts, burns and it’s also good for dry skin and much more.
As they can be very helpful in having quality sleep these beautiful flowers is another great choice for your bedroom. Some studies say that Gardenias are as effective as Valium in reducing anxiety and promoting quality sleep.
As Gardenias need a constant care to maintain the leaves beautiful it can be difficult to take care. Gardenia need enough daylight, but does not expose it on direct sunlight.
It’s worth putting a little effort in trying to take care of it as it has many benefits.
The Spider plant acts as a very effective air cleanser. NASA tests reveal that it’s good in removing 90% of formaldehyde- which is considered as cancer causing chemical. So, having one of these plants around is the best idea.
Spider plant will absorb bad smells and fumes and maintain normal level of oxygen in the room, thus improving your sleep.
The Valerian which is a seasonal flowering plant scented white or pink flowers and bloom in summer.
The blossoms of the Valerian were used as a perfume in the 16th century and the major ingredient of tea or tinctures is its root. Galen, the Roman philosopher and physician prescribed Valerian root as a cure for insomnia.
According to a recent research Galen was right in his theory and you’ll fall asleep fast and sound by only smelling the root.
As this plant needs 6 hours of direct sunlight, keep this plant by the window. You can also add several petals to your bath to help you relax.
English Ivy is very effective in cleansing the air and it is an easy-to-take-care-of plant which requires a little direct sunlight exposure.
Studies reveal that the English Ivy is good in fighting allergies and asthma- which can cause many sleeping disorders. The American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology reports that it was said that this plant removed 78% of airborne mold and 94% of airborne feces in a period of 12 hours.
It’s better to buy an English Ivy as we all know how harmful sleeping in a room filled of mold is.
The plant looks luxurious when hanged in a basket with its leaves trailing down. Make sure it’s out of reach for pets and children as its toxic.
The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant to look at and also a champion in filtering trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
This plant has the ability to raise the level of moisture in a room by up to 5%, thus suppressing airborne microbes which cause allergies. Irritated dry nose and dry throat which can cause sleeping disorders can be also calmed down by this plant.
You need to keep your Peace Lily in a shady place and water it once a week and remember to keep it away from children and pets.
The Bamboo Palm or the Reed Palm has the ability to replace the chemical air fresheners.
You need to place it in a shady place, water it regularly but don’t wet the soil too much. You can enjoy in clean, fresh air throughout the day and night.
There are yellow, orange, pink, white colors in this plant. These beautiful flowers will certainly improve your mood and also purify the air during the night and release oxygen, thus help you breathe easily while you’re sleeping. If you suffer from allergies or apnea, these daisies will certainly helpful for you.
These Daisies require extra attention as they are easily prone to fungal diseases.
According to NASA, this plant is another excellent air cleanser. The Golden Pothos has heart-shaped leaves. This plant is easy-to-take-care. It only needs a few hours of sunlight exposure and weekly watering.
Hang this plant in a basket and keep it out of pets’ and children’s reach because it’s a toxic plant.
When Bringing Plants to Your Home:
- Consider whether they aren’t toxic to pets and children.
- You need to wipe their leaves at least once a week to do their job of filtering the air effectively.
- Combine plants that will purify the air and those which will provide you with a good night’s sleep for better results.
- NASA reveals that 15-18 air-cleansing plants in an 1800 square foot house will be enough.