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Wishing for a night of solid, refreshing sleep is not just a pipedream; it’s vital to your well-being. Everyone’s needs are different, but adults who get seven to nine hours of healthy sleep per night have more energy to take on the day.
Of course, sleeping on a new custom mattress will help but there are some other things you can do to improve your quality of sleep.
For example, did you know there are scented and unscented indoor plants that help you sleep better?
Breathing better = better sleep.
So what is the best plant to have in your bedroom?
Here’s a list in no particular order:
Lavender’s pleasant aroma is known to help women fall asleep, calm crying babies and have a soothing effect on the nervous system. You can grow lavender directly in your room — if you have a window with direct sunlight or a plant grow light. Lavender growing kits are available at your favorite garden store.
Gardenias have thick glossy leaves and fragrant blossoms. You can grow these sleep-inducing plants in containers and keep them in your room. Indoor gardenias need bright light but not direct sunlight. Caring for these flowering plants may seem a bit labor-intensive but when the result is a good night’s sleep, it’s definitely worth it!
The features and scent of this exotic plant can be quite soothing — that is why you see so many jasmine-based teas, bath and perfume products on the market. Most jasmine flowers are white, but there are other shades in yellow, light pink and ivory. Plant jasmine shrubs in small pots to contain indoor growth — they get pretty big when embedded outdoors — and place them in partial sunlight. The scent of blooming jasmine will have you dozing in no time!
4. Aloe Vera
When you plant one aloe, get ready for generations of this succulent to follow — they are very prolific. But aloe vera plants produce oxygen at night and do not need frequent watering or direct sunlight; they do well on a windowsill. An added bonus? Aloe fronds secrete a gel that you can use to treat cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin.
5. Snake Plants
Do snake plants help you sleep?
Snake plants are easy to care for and they emit oxygen at night while drawing in carbon dioxide. These plants filter common household toxins from the air — benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. In other words, they improve the quality of the air flowing around you so that you can sleep better.
6. Peace Lilies
Place a peace lily or two in your bedroom and you’ll be breathing better at night. They are pleasant to look at while filtering toxins from the air. Peace lilies are plants that will help you sleep because they increase your bedroom’s humidity and suppress airborne microbes that can produce allergies. Humid air in the bedroom also keeps your nose and throat moist so that you don’t wake up coughing and choking. Place your peace lily in the shade and water it once a week. Keep these plants out of the reach of children and pets.
7. Golden Pothos
This plant is perfect for the bedroom because it needs very little light or maintenance. In a recent study, scientists at NASA found golden pothos removes carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air. Like the peace lily, this plant is poisonous if ingested, so it’s best kept away from children and pets.
9. Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisies are not only sweetly-smelling and cheerful flowers, but they release plenty of oxygen into the air. They also absorb carbon monoxide and other toxins. With bright shades of orange, red, yellow, pink, and lavender, Gerberas, as they’re also called, are available at garden stores year-round.
10. English Ivy
With detoxifying effects and nicely-formed foliage, English Ivy is in the same realm as Aloe vera and spider plants when it comes to absorbing allergens. But English Ivy is toxic, so if you have pets or small children, you’ll want to keep it out of their reach. Before watering, check the soil — ivy prefers its bed to be a bit on the dry side. Lots of bright light throughout the year and spring fertilizing will help ivy plants thrive.
11. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen is versatile and able to handle different types of indoor environments. This plant, which grows about 2 to 3 feet tall, has dark-green pointed leaves featuring patterns of white, red and cream. Chinese evergreen absorbs air pollutants and toxins at night. They thrive in filtered sunlight, well-draining soil and moderate amounts of water.
With sage, you can breathe in its sweet scent and flavor your favorite foods. This herb is often used for medicinal properties and is a common ingredient in tea and essential oils. Mince up a few leaves and put them in a sachet bag. Place the sachet under or next to your pillow for a good night’s sleep.
13. Areca Palm
Areca Palms are easy to grow indoors but they do get fairly tall — about 6 or 7 feet. These palms with their yellowish-green fronds give off a tropical look, absorb air pollution, toxins, and allergens. They also release humidity into the air — that’s especially good for winter’s dryness. They’ll need watering in spring and summer.
14. Hop Cones
Chamomile looks like a daisy. They have long stems, white petals, and yellow centers. Chamomile is high on the list of sleep-inducing plants, especially when brewed in tea, used as bath products, and placed in potpourri.
Understanding the process is a good way to begin when determining which plants to add to your bedroom. The brain cycles through several stages of sleep before hitting Rapid Eye Movement (REM).
- In stage 1, your eyes are closed. You are dozing but it’s easy to wake up. Stage 1 lasts for about 5 10 15 minutes.
- Stage 2 is a light sleep where your heart rate slows down and body temperature drops.
- Stage 3 is deep sleep. It’s harder to wake up and if you do, you’ll be disoriented for a few minutes.
During non-REM sleep, the human body regrows and repairs tissues, strengthens the immune system and rebuilds bone and muscle.
Truly refreshing sleep is never overrated. As you get older, it may take some planning to catch the right amount of quality sleep needed for keeping your focus the following day. Plants, music, scents, a comfortable bed … it’s all part of the package for a good night’s sleep.