28 September, 2022

The House Plants That Can Help You Sleep

Houseplants not only look good, but they are also beneficial for any environment. By simply adding a potted plant to your windowsill, you can gain multiple health benefits such as a mood boost, reduced stress, and help with sleep.

Here, we will list five house plants you should consider getting to improve your sleep and tips on how to maintain them.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is already a staple plant in many homes due to its healing and antibacterial qualities – the gel of an aloe plant can help soothe burns, cuts, and more.

But did you know that it can also help your sleep?

Aloe has been found to be one of the best plants for absorbing your carbon dioxide. This, alongside its production of oxygen at night, helps provide better air quality in your bedroom, giving you a better, more restful sleep.

Aloe plants require little water but lots of sunlight so make sure to leave it on the windowsill of your bedroom to keep it healthy and reap the benefits of its purifying qualities.

Spider plant

Most people wouldn’t like the sound of spiders and bedrooms put together, but spider plants can be beneficial to your sleep.

Spider plants are great for removing toxins from the air including formaldehyde, which can be found inside some hairsprays and cleaning products. Formaldehyde can cause many problems including wheezing, difficulty breathing, and skin irritation.  With bedrooms being the space where many choose to get ready, toxins from aerosols can build if the room isn’t ventilated properly. Spider plants can help reduce this and improve your breathing.

These plants do not need a lot of sunlight to thrive, making them the perfect shelf plant for your bedroom.

Snake Plant

Snake plants have multiple means of improving your air quality. They are brilliant purifiers that can draw both toxins and allergens from the air. They also add to the moisture of your room by producing oxygen at night – meaning you will no longer be waking up with a sore throat from dry air!

Snake plants are also efficient in removing nitrogen oxide, benzene, and xylene from the air. Nitrogen oxide can cause respiratory problems, meaning that a snake plant will not only give you a more restful night’s sleep, but it can also have health benefits for you.

One of the benefits of a snake plant over others is its resilience. Snake plants can thrive in most settings, whether they are watered or not, or kept in direct sunlight or shade. And the variety of snake plants means that you can find the perfect one to fit your style.

As brilliant room-fillers, snake plants make beautiful additions to any corner.

Lavender

Many people already know the aromatherapy benefits of lavender with essential oil humidifiers and sprays becoming increasingly popular. The market for manufacturing essential oils has grown by 2.3% in 2022.

Inhaling lavender oils is said to help with insomnia and other sleep disorders.

While some people find it useful to add a drawstring bag of dried lavender to their draws, making their pyjama sets smell divine, the actual plant growing on your nightstand could help you too.

Lavender produces essential oils that promote relaxation. Not only does the colour of the plant itself help promote meditation, aiding in deeper sleep, but the scent is also known to reduce blood pressure.

Lavender requires sunlight and moderate watering to thrive. Placing it close to a window can give it the sunlight it needs while also letting the breeze carry its scent towards your pillow.

Jasmine

Jasmine, like lavender, is an aromatherapeutic plant.

Studies have found that inhaling jasmine can increase sleep quality. This is because jasmine suppresses the nervous system, improves mood, and reduces anxiety.

It is also said to reduce movement in your sleep, leading to a more restful night. With this floral friend in your room, you won’t wake up with tired legs from kicking all night.

Jasmine plants are a beautiful addition to any room, and they thrive on water. Make sure to water them more during blooming season to keep the soil moist.

Whether it is to improve air moisture, remove allergens, or release essential oils, house plants can improve your sleep. The improved air quality and ventilation can grant you a restful night’s sleep alongside your new plants.

So add that extra piece of foliage and let it relax you into a better rest.


Debora Franks

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