Plants help us in numerous ways. The oxygen we breathe is all courtesy them. Not just that, they ensure the ground beneath us stays intact by preventing erosion; they give shade; they give us food; they are just gorgeous!
But, did you know, there are several indoor plants that promote sleep? These plants help remove toxins from the air in our room, thus improving the quality of the air we breathe, which in turn helps us sleep better.
Therefore, if you are planning to go plant shopping anytime soon, you might want to consider getting some of these indoor plants that help enhance sleep quality.
Indoor plants for better sleep
- Snake plant
A snake plant works as a natural air purifier. It can survive both indoors and outdoors. This plant can absorb toxins and make the air within your bedroom breathable. The best thing, however, is the fact that the plant requires very little care, and yet, looks really pretty. So it will not only promote better sleep by improving every breath you take, but also look gorgeous without any maintenance. Such a win-win situation!
A popular choice in aromatherapy, lavender improves sleep quality, and therefore, makes for a good indoor plant. Even taking lavender orally has, in several studies, proved to improve both quality and duration of sleep in patients of anxiety. The fragrance calms the mind, takes your attention away from stressful thoughts, and therefore, prepares you for sleep.
- Aloe vera
A plant popular for its effects on skin and its therapeutic properties, aloe vera also helps with sleep. The plant is known to sedate rats, according to many studies. When tested among patients with acute insomnia too, the patients reported almost cent percent improvement in sleep due to an aloe vera plant in their room.
- Spider plant
By getting rid of formaldehyde from the air, a spider plant will help you sleep better. In case you are not aware, formaldehyde is a prominent carcinogen.
Also, when it comes to maintenance and care, this plant is fiercely independent. You only need to water it when the soil looks really dry.
- Peace lily
Peace lily is a plant recommended by NASA as a good indoor plant as it removes toxins from the air. Like the other plants on this list, peace lily too requires very little care. The plant not only absorbs toxins from the air, but mold spores too, which cause allergies. Keep this plant away from the window in case you live in a chilly place. The plant cannot deal with cold well. Also, keep the plant away from the reach of children and pets because its leaves are poisonous when eaten.
Before we let you go, let us share with you a few things to keep in mind when keeping plants in the bedroom.
- Make sure the plants are indoor plants. You don’t want to keep any toxic plant in your bedroom.
- When purchasing the plant, ask the seller about what the plant needs. You don’t want to kill something, especially something that gives you life.
- Don’t purchase a plant that needs a lot of sunlight if the corner where you plan to keep the plant does not get adequate sunshine.
- This one is for people with allergies: if you are allergic to mold, then getting a houseplant may not be a good idea for you. If you do get one, then notice how you feel for a week. If you get runny nose or cough a lot, then it is time to give the plant to someone else. We will find a different way to help you sleep better.
- If you are allergic to plants, then try aromatherapy instead. Try adding a few drops of lavender or jasmine essential oil in your humidifier or air purifier, and notice how it improves your sleep in no time. You can also dilute the oil with water and spray it on your pillows to enhance your sleep quality.
That is all for today. Did you find this post helpful? If you have indoor plants, then let us know how it has helped you sleep better. Until next time!