As someone who struggles to get the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night, I am constantly on a mission to discover new ways to improve my sleep pattern. Whether you are a travel nurse adjusting to your new home on the road, a working-stiff with a post meridian racing mind, a student who has created an unhealthy habit of late night study sessions or anyone else struggling to get that essential shut-eye, we could all use a little help along the way.
This help comes in different shapes, scents and sizes and is as simple as adding a little life to your bedroom: House plants! Adding indoor plants to your home not only can strengthen the aesthetic of your living space by bringing unique and natural beauty, but can more importantly provide a number of health benefits that can lead to a better sleep.
Learn more about the mental boost and stress relief that these five beauties provide below and let’s get you that sleep you need and deserve!
- The fragrance of jasmine has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind, ultimately promoting sleep quality
- An exotic plant known to lower anxiety lulling you to deeper and more restful sleep
- Lavender can slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety or stress which induces sleep through its soothing fragrance
- A study found that lavender aromatherapy used in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital for 9 hours at night significantly improved the sleep quality of patients with heart disease
- The Sansevieria known to many as a Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tounge is easy to care for and aids in preventing headaches through its air purifying mechanism
- The Snake Plant emits oxygen at night while absorbing carbon dioxide- which we naturally produce while breathing
- This modern looking plant can filter common household toxins from the air around them; such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene
- Improve overall air quality and is actually listes as the NASA’s top air-improving plant
- Similar to the snake plant as it emits oxygen at night leading to a more restful slumber
- BONUS: You can also use the gel from Aloe Vera as a topical treatment for minor cuts, burns, bites or dry skin
- While the Gardenia requires a lot of attention along with indirect light, the blooms will fill your home with a crisp and clean fragrance and enhance relaxation through the therapeutic power of scent
- Studies indicate that keeping Gardenia in your room may relieve anxiety which will help you achieve a better quality of sleep