5 Household Plants That Can Help You Sleep Better
Beautiful flowers and plants not only enhance the look of your home and help purify the air you breathe, but can actually help you get to sleep.
Stress and anxiety are major barriers to healthy sleep for many people, and numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature is one of the best ways to alleviate stress.
Since sleeping in nature is not realistic for most of us, the next best thing is to bring nature indoors.
According to NASA, spider plants are air-cleaning all stars, clearing contaminants from ammonia and benzene to formaldehyde.
It helps absorb odours and helps maintain oxygen levels in the room, promoting better quality sleep, especially for people with allergies.
Aside from its visual appeal, the magic of jasmine is in its scent. One study showed that the aroma of jasmine flowers helps reduce anxiety. Participants exposed to the smell of jasmine showed better quality sleep and reduced sleep movement.
The peace lily is another NASA clean-air study favourite.
The beautiful peace lily can increase the moisture level in a room by about 5%, which can be a serious boon to those who suffer from allergies, since increased moisture levels help reduce airborne microbes.
Just as with jasmine, the scent of Gardenias has been shown to have significant anxiety-reducing effects.
One study showed that Gardenias may be as effective as Valium for promoting sleep!
How’s that for a super flower? As you can see, they’re pretty easy on the eyes as well.
Lavender is one of the most popular aromatherapy choices for relaxation, having been shown to lower heart rate, blood pressures, and levels of stress.
For the superstitious among us, planting lavender is also supposed to be an omen of good luck!