A sound mind needs a solid sleep. For years there have been various studies on steady research on sleep hygiene. Scientists and researchers have come up with various methods to combat insomnia. A key ingredient for optimal brain functioning is a complete and structured sleep pattern. Recent studies have revealed that humans who do not get sufficient sleep feel lethargic and less productive. They also suffer a host of problems such as anxiety, chronic stress, insomnia, diabetes and hypertension. There seems to be a strong correlation between sleep impairment and subsequent decline in one’s mental and physical health.
Fortunately, there are few plants that have could serve as a natural supplement for sleep. Instead of going for artificial melatonin supplements or prescription medicines you can try some of these plants which have been known to improve sleep. We have compiled a list of plants that are not toxic and is guaranteed to boost your sleep.
A plant well known for its fragrance is also known to induce sleep and reduce the stress by increasing the GABA levels (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) of an individual. These are the chief inhibitory neurotransmitters that bring out the natural drowsiness. It has been proven that the pleasant fragrance actually slows down the heart rate and also reduces the anxiety. The relaxing properties of lavender have been known for centuries. Having a lavender plant in your bedroom perfect for rest and sleep. There is solid backing for these claims as one study claimed that the smell of lavender reduced the crying in babies and sent them to deeper sleep.
#2. Aloe Vera
The ancient Egyptians used to call this “the plant of immortality”. Such is the value of this plant that its beneficial properties have been extracted and sold in different forms such as gels, tea, cream, tablets, toothpaste and even juices. It is known to contain multiple vitamins and minerals that aid the overall health of the body. One of the advantages with Aloe Vera is that it can easily reproduce. Therefore, if you have one plant, you will soon have enough plants for all the rooms in your home. Since it emits oxygen at night, it helps people combat insomnia and improve their overall sleep. Unlike other plants, Aloe Vera doesn’t need much maintenance, it doesn’t need direct sunlight or watering. It is listed as one of NASA’s top air improving plants since it tolerates low maintenance, it is definitely a plant worth investing.
A perennial flowering plant is known for its pleasant scent and beautiful flowers. It is native to Europe and Asia. Valerian has long been associated with medicinal properties. While its flowers were used as a perfume in the 16th Century and the root has been used to prepare tea and tincture since ancient times. Galen of Pergamon was an early Roman Physician who was the first one to prescribe the valerian herb for insomnia. Simply inhaling its scent will help one fall asleep and will restore your sleep pattern. While the Valerian is not toxic to pets or animals, it is not recommended to give the root extracts to pregnant women.
#4. Spider plant
Chlorophytumcomosum popularly known as the Spider plant or the spider ivy. This is a perennial flowering plant which is native to tropical and Southern Africa, now it is grown all over the World. The spider plant is known as the champion cleanser of air. Studies at NASA have shown that it removes around 90% of all the potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the air such as formaldehyde. Since most of the common household products like adhesives and preservatives contain formaldehyde, it is a good idea to keep some of these plants around. Apart from cleansing the air, it can also absorb odours, fumes and keep the oxygen levels of the room stable promoting a good sleep cycle.
#5. Bamboo Palm
The elegant and compact bamboo palm is originally from the Central and South American regions. Commonly called the reed palm, this small plant is a very powerful air purifier. Instead of going for all those air fresheners you can start growing these diminutive palm trees and get rid of the smells and toxins looming inside your home. You will be able to enjoy fresh, purified air during the day and also enjoy a good night’s sleep. Bamboo palms are rugged and pretty easy to take care of. They require no special skills to grow. These trees do not tolerate full sunlight but could withstand partial sunlight and manage in full shade. It is not toxic and could be easily grown indoors, just make sure the soil is kept moist.
#6. Snake Plant
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the most recommended by researchers. Snake plant is extremely hardy and easy to take care of. It emits oxygen in the night while you are asleep and absorbs carbon dioxide present inside your house, which we naturally produce during breathing. All this increases the quality of air inside your home and improves the general sleep cycle. Some of the common toxins that this plant removes from the air are tricholoroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. It should be noted that this plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals, but doesn’t generally cause life-threatening situations.
Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is a wise decision to fill your living room and your bedroom with these plants to have a soothing effect. Many studies have revealed that living in the vicinity of nature has been proven to reduce stress. So,fill your home with these amazing plants and remove the toxicity inside your home.