There is nothing worse than having sleepless nights, tossing the blanket on your head, away from it and even then you can’t find the sweet spot to put your mind to ease.
The American Sleep Association (ASA) has found in various researches that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder, nearly 30% of adults have short term insomnia and about 10% have chronic insomnia. Insomnia is your worst enemy, you get drowsy when working or driving, you don’t feel like getting up from bed and sooner or later you just lose interest in living.
Dealing with insomnia and anxiety can be a very tough journey; therefore, it’s a good idea to go for some natural remedies. Filling up your home with plants that have a purifying, soothing and calming effect can help you get the good night rests you need. Moreover, studies have shown that living near nature can reduce stress so why not decorate your house with these beautiful plants.
I’ve compiled a list of 10 plants that can help you sleep better:
Research conducted in 2002 proves that jasmine oil is a powerful relaxant that is effective in promoting a goodnights rest. Furthermore, this research also suggests that Jasmine can lead to increased alertness and productivity during the day.
Planting these beautiful flowers in your room near the window can be the perfect natural remedy to promote your sleep.
2. Aloe Vera
I love Aloe Vera, upon reading about it I found that it is NASA’s top air improving plants. It emits oxygen at night and can help you put your mind to ease.
Aloe Vera is very forgiving, it’s very easy to maintain and grow therefore it doesn’t require large amounts of water.
Aloe Vera is also known for its topical treatment for burns, cuts, dry skin and most recently, it’s being introduced toothpaste’s because of its soothing effect.
3. Spider plants
The name does sound scary but don’t let it fool you, spider plants are very beneficial if placed indoors. They are known to purify and detoxify the air by getting rid of all airborne pollutants.
NASA conducted a study on spider plants and they found out that spider plants eliminate 90% of carcinogenic chemicals from the air.
To top all that, spider plants also absorb unpleasant odors which might be the reason of your sleep disorder.
Rosemary is a commonly used for cooking purposes; however, it can also be used to help you sleep better.
In ancient medicine it is reported that rosemary has been used as a memory booster. Moreover, rosemary’s are also used to repel mosquitos by its ability to improve the air quality.
Valerian roots have been used in ancient Roman times as a cure for insomnia.
This plant is a perennial flowering houseplant. The scented flowers and its beauty will surely get you the sleep you need.
Moreover, it’s also used as a prime ingredient in drugs that have a sedating effect.
6. English Ivy
English Ivy is another top referred plant by NASA to purify air. It requires little or no attention and it can accomplish wonders.
Recent studies have shown that it reduces allergies, asthma attacks which are one of the leading causes of lack of sleep. A study conducted in 2005 concluded that English ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours.
If you keep it on a ledge or near a window, it’s good to remember that it’s toxic to kids and pests so make sure you keep it out of reach.
7. Peace Lily
Just as the name suggests, peace lily is another favorite plant of NASA which helps in filtering out harmful substances such as benzene, tricholoroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins.
The moisture produced by Peace Lily can raise the room humidity by 5% and by that is going to reduce microbes that cause allergies and provide clean air for your nose and throat.
Gardenia is often used as an ornamental shrub. Studies have indicated that crocetin, a natural acid produced by this plant can significantly improve the quality of sleep.
Further researches have suggested that gardenia is similar to sedative drugs therefore; keeping a plant in your room might be worth a while.
9. Snake Plants
Snake plant is known to get rid of harmful toxins that you breathe; it works by removing carbon dioxide from the air at night and turn it into oxygen which can help in getting you a full night sleep. Snake plants are especially effective against patients who have asthma and those with allergies.
Research has shown that it can get rid of harmful compounds such as benzene and formaldehyde that is abundantly present indoors.
10. Gerbera Daisies
These bright flowers can be the perfect addition to your room. Not just because of their orange, yellow and white flowers but it is also known to release oxygen at night which is what you need.
Again, all of the plants suggested have the same mode of action; they remove the harmful substances that are causing insomnia.
However, Gerbera Daisies are pretty hard to grow as they can get easily infected with fungal diseases, therefore, special care is required for them.