When it comes to the quality of your sleep, I think most people underestimate that power of nature not only from an aesthetic point of view but how nature can benefit your health. Why not turn to nature and maximise the benefits that plants can have on your health and quality of sleep? Most indoor and household plants are inexpensive, easy to maintain and also last for a long period of time. They are also 100% natural and have multiple health benefits that can be translated into improving your sleep quality!
Aloe is predominantly a medicinal plant that is a hugely beneficial addition to any home whether it be in your bedroom or other rooms. Since Aloe produces oxygen at night, it will improve the quality of air in your bedroom helping not only with your breathing but equally with those who suffer from dry or irritated skin conditions. The Aloe plant is known as a ‘succulent’ plant which basically means that it needs very little watering since it retains moisture in its core. This moisture is essentially a gel which can treat minor cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin — this is why it’s often used in aftersun products or to help with sunburn! Keep your Aloe plant in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy!
Lavender is often used in essential oils either by dabbing a few raw drops around your forehead, wrists and arms or through a diffuser. As a plant though, lavender is a low maintenance plant with a cheerful purple colour, emitting a wonderful, relaxing fragrance which does not require a huge amount of attention in terms of TLC. The smell of lavender is recognised everyone as a great aid as a result of its relaxant properties — helping those who suffer from insomnia, restlessness and similar conditions. It is therefore an ideal plant to induce sleep! Other benefits of having lavender plants around the house (and especially in your bedroom) include reducing blood pressure levels, lowering your heart rate and stress levels. Since Lavender benefits from direct sunlight (just think of it growing in the fields of the South of France, try to place it near a window. They are easy to maintain since they survive well without much watering and the fragrance will only continue to grow under dry conditions.
I love Ivy! I love the way is attaches itself to anything it can, especially houses… it’s truly beautiful! The English Ivy have a vine-like nature (no, they are not weeds) and originate from Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia after being introduced by European Colonists in the 18th Century. Often they will not only climb and grow on brick walls, but also up tree trunks and walls! Their main health benefits is to fight against airborne mould, which can be a huge allergin and health problem to your body. Once they Ivy is fully grown, they are fairly independent and don’t need much maintenance. But before they are fully grown, make sure you are watering them so the soil is consistently moist.
Jasmine plants are known for both their small, beautiful flowers and the very sweet scent they emit; similarly to Lavender, Jasmine plants are also used in essential oil forms for relaxation. This particular scent is linked to not only reduce anxiety levels but to also better sleep quality as studies show. Since Jasmine plants live in a pot, they are easy to grow and maintain as long as they are nearby a windowsill and are watered regularly.
Snake Plants are very unique mainly because of their aesthetic. They’re tall, stiff green leaves with a noticeable trim of yellow along the outside add a natural sense of liveliness and spikiness to a room. Something which many suffer from are toxins — and the Snake Plant removes these negative toxins from the air, specifically formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzone. It’s essentially a nautral air purifier since the Snake Plant emits oxygen at night enabling you to sleep better. Like many of these plants, the Snake Plant is not only incredibly easy and straight forward to maintain, but also fairly inexpensive, making it a must-have for most homes. (Just an FYI, Formaldehyde can be found in hairspray and creates respiratory problems… imagine inhaling that night! They’re great plants for the bedroom!).