Can’t Sleep? Keep These Plants In Your Home And Get Some Zzz’s
Do you have a green thumb? We don’t mean that literally. If you do, it’s because you just got done painting or mixing a healthy smoothie by hand and haven’t washed off yet. You should probably go take care of that now. Don’t want to leave green smudges all over your keyboard, cell phone or iPad. When we say “green thumb,” we mean do you have a skill at growing plants. That might be a bit generous. Can you at least keep a house plant alive?
If you can, good for you! If not, you should totally learn. Because there are all sorts of benefits to keeping certain plants in your home. And here you thought all this time they were just useless decorations and something to make you feel like you’re not ready to be a parent because you can’t even properly keep these things from dying. Get on the plant wagon, because you’re going to want these for a very specific purpose…
Are you one of the millions of Americans that have trouble sleeping well at night?
Is it because you are consumed with guilt over a crime you committed, and even though you haven’t been caught yet you live in constant fear of being found out and apprehended?
Um… we hope not. We hope it’s just a mild, normal case of insomnia. Well, we don’t hope you have it, but if you do, there are ways to help.
A big contributing factor to sleepless nights is anxiety. Relaxation techniques are perfect for this.
Meditation is a great way to help yourself fall asleep. It clears your mind, lowers your heart rate and reduces stress.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have an ideal lake view we can plop down in front of every time we’re feeling stressed out. Is there a better way to relax? Because all of this lack of sleep is making us anxious. It’s a vicious cycle.
Remember all that talk earlier of green thumbs and plants being able to help you out?
Well, this is the exact stuff they’re able to help you out with! And here all this time you thought caring for plants was boring.
Whenever you listened to your gardener friend talk about their plants, it was enough to put you to sleep. Well, turns out that keeping plants in your home is just what you need to catch those Zzz’s.
What exactly is it about plants that assist you in your quest of dozing off?
It’s all about your air. The quality of your air super important for your overall health. Mold and airborne contaminants can trigger diseases.
These diseases of course all have symptoms, and dealing with them (no matter how small) can keep you up. Keeping a few plants in your home can optimize your health, manage your stress and let you sleep better. But which plants are the best for helping you sleep?…
Aloe Vera is one of the top air-improving plants you can get. Don’t take our word for it. NASA says so.
Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, it reproduces easily so if you buy one you’ll soon have an Aloe plant for all the rooms in your house.
And you’ll want one in every room, because better air means better sleep. Not to mention that it’s super easy to care for, and its gel can be used to treat all sorts of exterior ailments.
Not only does it smell good, it can make you feel good as well!
In one study, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies, sending them into a deeper sleep. At the same time, it also reduced stress in both mother and child.
However, in women, lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after first falling asleep, with opposite effects in men.
Studies indicate that keeping gardenias in your room may help you achieve a better quality of sleep.
There are even claims that it may be as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep. That’s some powerful plant!
They can be tricky to maintain, as they require a lot of attention in order to keep their delicate flowers, and indoor gardenias should be kept in a bright room, but not placed in direct sunlight. But still, that’s a small price to pay for sleep that powerful.
Spider plant, spider plant, does whatever a spider can… okay, maybe not so much on the song parody.
But as a sleep aid and air-cleaner, it’s top notch. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.
In addition to cleansing the air, it will also absorb odors and fumes as well as sustaining oxygen levels in the room, promoting better sleep. This plant’s a bigger hero than Peter Parker.
No, we don’t mean the type of swords from Game of Thrones that can defeat White Walkers.
But this flower can defeat insomnia. Newer research has shown that simply inhaling its scent will help you fall asleep quickly, and will ensure you enjoy a better quality of slumber.
It needs full sun for six hours a day, so keep one on your windowsill in the bedroom and let its pleasant odors drift you away to slumber land.
Another one of NASA’s top plants for purifying the air, English Ivy is simple to grow and only needs moderate sunlight.
Studies have shown that it can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which can obviously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! Thanks, but also… yuck!
No, we’re not talking about the princess that Aladdin had a huge crush on.
This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.
Not only that, but this research suggests that the positive effects of such a high quality sleep lead you enjoy increased alertness and productivity during the day. Plus, it’s way healthier than a Red Bull for the same effect.
Who knew that NASA did so much research into plants? Thanks for all the tips, space people!
This plant not only helps you sleep, but allows you to sleep in since it requires very little effort to care for.
All it needs is a couple of hours of morning sun and a little water once a week. And in return? It purifies the air. It’s recommended to hang it, which will curb its invasive nature and keeps its mildly toxic leaves out of the reach of pets and children.
One of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality is the Snake Plant, aka “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”… lovely.
What’s great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night time while simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing.
All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep. The Snake Plant also filters some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
You know this flower because it’s a type of tea. But did you know how great this tea is for you, and how easy it is to maintain yourself?
Chamomile is a powerful medicinal herb. Dried chamomile flowers contain terpenoids and flavonoids which give this plant its great healing effect.
You can use it to relieve numerous conditions, which will help you sleep better. It also helps those with nerve issues, anxiety and even nightmares. So it helps you get to sleep, and helps you while you sleep, too!
Dozing For Days
So what have we learned? That if you want to have an easier time falling asleep, you just need to get some plants.
If your friends and family show up to your home and ask why you suddenly have a garden, you shove this picture in their faces.
Then shout, “Because I now sleep like this baby. That’s why!” And finally, don’t forget to water those plants. With all they do to help us, it’s the least we can do.