5 PLANTS TO HELP YOU SLEEP
Greenery has been a rising trend for a while now, with more and more people filling their homes with foliage in a bid to bring the outside indoors. Not only do plants look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but they can have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits – which in turn can promote a healthy sleeping pattern.
Here are 5 of the best plants to use in your bedroom
JASMINE : With its delectably sweet fragrance and gorgeous white flowers, jasmine plants make for an excellent addition to any bedroom.
Studies have shown that jasmine scent is linked to reduced anxiety levels, stress and also fatigue and thereby it can improve sleep quality.
Jasmine plants are quite easy to keep as they will live well in a pot. Place it on the windowsill and water it regularly during flowering periods. You can let the topsoil dry out slightly during non-flowering periods to avoid over watering.
LAVENDER has been used in aromatherapy as a natural aid to sleep for years. Lavender has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom. A study by the Miami Miller School of Medicine even showed that the scent of lavender in bath oil calmed babies and sent them off into a deeper sleep, which can only benefit, and reduce the stress, for all the mums out there. The lavender plant likes warmth and sunlight, so ensure to place it on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly.
SNAKE PLANT : This plant, also known as ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’, is a natural air purifier. They emit oxygen at night, improving the air around you so that you sleep better. They are also known to remove some harmful chemicals such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be found in hairspray and can cause respiratory problems, so this is a great plant to have in the bedroom! Because of this snake plants are recommended for asthma sufferers. This is an extraordinarily resilient plant, considered almost impossible to kill! Snake plants don’t require a lot of light and only need to be watered once in a while.
PEACE LILIES are also amazing air cleansing plants. The added benefit of a peace lily is that it can increase room humidity by up to 5%. Increased humidity is great for breathing while asleep. Apartment Therapy says ‘Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin and hair, increased susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness and can allow viruses and germs to thrive’. Peace lilies also have beautiful white flowers and need little light and watering once a week, so will thrive in the bedroom.
ALOE VERA : This medicinal plant is a great addition to any home. It produces oxygen at night, and is listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants. This plant is known as a ‘succulent’ – it needs very little watering as it maintains moisture within its leaves. The gel from these leaves can be used to treat minor cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin. It is, therefore, a great plant to have around the house!
Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy.
Which plants do you have in your bedroom?