The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be overstated when it comes to health. The problem with poor sleep can often be corrected with a variety of remedies, but not all of them are naturally derived. Numerous common houseplants contain beneficial properties that can help you sleep better. You can find a healthy night’s sleep with the help of a plant that purifies the air like areca palms or reduces anxiety like passionflowers. These 10 bedroom plants will improve your sleep.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Also known as cape jasmine, gardenias are aromatic evergreen shrubs that are known to improve sleep quality. Crocetin, a compound found in gardenias, was found to help reduce the amount of ‘wake-up episodes’ experienced by sleepers in a study published by the National Library of Medicine. Use drip irrigation when watering gardenias to avoid leaf spots. Try gardenia essential oils if you’re a new gardener, since the plant requires a lot of maintenance.
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
The areca palm, one of the most popular indoor plants, has multiple stems that resemble bamboo and has the ability to purify the air. According to researchers at Pukyong National University, plants such as areca palms and others help reduce atmospheric C02 levels. Allergie sufferers know that good sleep is directly related to clean air. If you want the best results for your areca palm, place it in a humid environment.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The Journal of Alternative Medicine and Complementary Medicine reported in 2015 that lavender essential oil used before bed improved sleep quality compared to the control group. You must prune your lavender plant every spring after the new leaves appear if you wish to keep it in your bedroom. The lavender herb’s sweet fragrance is another good reason to consider keeping one in your bedroom.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Snake plant, or viper’s bowstring hemp as it is menacingly known, is one of several plants capable of purifying indoor air. Scientists discovered that snake plants were capable of converting toxic chemicals into clean air in a famous NASA study. Water your snake plant regularly throughout the growing season, and reduce watering from fall through late winter. Think about keeping a low-maintenance snake plant by your bedside instead of the threatening name.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy extracts were associated with an improvement in respiratory function in asthmatic children, according to a study published in Phytomedicine. A hanging basket or a potted English ivy plant can be kept on a window sill or above a bedroom window. It makes for a thoughtful gift for friends if stem cuttings are taken from an English ivy plant in spring or early summer.
Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Purple passionflowers can reduce anxiety and be beneficial in helping establish healthy sleeping patterns as they are native to the Southeast. Extraction from the flower and oxazepam helped patients cope with anxiety according to a clinical trial. Intricate floral structures with purple filaments adorn their intricate blossoms. Maypops are edible, egg-shaped fruits produced by purple passionflowers.
Garden Heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis)
Traditionally associated with medicinal qualities, the garden heliotrope, or valerian, is derived from the Latin word for health. Research published in Chemical Senses found that inhalation of garden heliotrope extract led to enhanced sleep. Extracts from the plant are often used in teas and perfumes. Despite its tolerance for some shade, the garden heliotrope thrives when exposed to full sunlight.
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Chamomile is a herb that has been used for a variety of ailments, ranging from cramps and ulcers to inflammation and insomnia. As discussed in Molecular Medicine Reports, chamomile extract may have sedative effects when ingested as tea or inhaled as an essential oil. You can enjoy its sweet, applelike scent by placing a chamomile plant on the bedroom windowsill. The flower heads need to be dried before making chamomile tea.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
The golden pothos, which is native to the Solomon Islands, is effective in removing air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene, thus it can improve sleeping conditions. Ivy climbing plants should be planted in ceramic pots or hanging baskets near a window with partial sunlight. Poisonous golden pothos should be kept away from pets.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
In addition to looking beautiful, peace lilies can purify your bedroom’s air. Several types of toxicants were removed from enclosed environments by these perennial evergreens, according to a NASA study. If possible, place your peace lilies near a south-facing window to ensure bright, filtered light. For proper root growth, plant peace lilies in large pots.