Who doesn’t love the scent of lavender? It is probably the most well-known of all plants when it comes to inducing sleep and reducing anxiety levels.
Research backs up these claims, with lavender scents shown to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and levels of stress.
In one study, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies, sending them into a deeper sleep while simultaneously reducing stress in both mother and child – something all new mothers will be happy to hear!
In females, lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after the first falling asleep, with opposite effects in men.
While there are a host of lavender-scented products in the market to help you get a full night’s rest (from lavender-scented sleep masks to lavender mattresses) why not go for the most natural and cost effective option – a beautiful lavender plant placed on your nightstand!
The lavender plant is mainly used as a fragrance for soaps, scented clothes and shampoos. It is also a great cleaning agent, but its powers do not stop there as lavender plant can actually help treat insomnia and anxiety. Researchers recognize that inhaling its scent can unleash soothing, sedating effects when we breathe in the fragrance from lavender plants.
- Jasmine plant
This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.
Not only that, but this research suggests that the positive effects of such a high quality sleep bring about increased alertness and productivity during the day!
The Wheeling Jesuit University conducted a study that has proven the efficacy of jasmine as a natural sleeping aid.
Positive effects include the quality of sleep, decreased anxiety and improved mood upon wakening. Jasmine plant can also bolster the features of your bedroom, with its sweeping vines and collectives of tiny trumpet-shaped flowers. With such beautiful pink or ivory blossoms, there seem to be no downsides to adding a jasmine bloom to your boudoir!
- English Ivy plant
A study carried out by NASA included English Ivy as the number one best air-purifying plant. This is due to it being the most efficient plant when absorbing formaldehyde.
English Ivy is easy to grow and it survives in moderate temperatures and medium sun light exposure. English Ivy appears to be the best bedroom plant to help you sleep in terms of efficiency and ease.
Other studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which all sufferers know can seriously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! As mold can affect our breathing, it is definitely a plant to have at hand for a great night’s sleep!
This evergreen vine looks great in an indoor hanging basket, or placed on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. It is toxic to kids and pets though, so make sure to keep it out of their reach!
5. Snake plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
It is one of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality. The snake plant is a hardy and easy to care-for plant. Snake plant is actually recommended as a great “filter” to improve oxygen purity in your home.
It is perfect for the bedroom with low maintenance and cost. What is great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing out.
All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep. The snake plant also removes some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
Alternatively, you can also include a gardenia, a spider plant, a valerian plant, a peace lily plant, a bamboo plant, gerbera daisies or a golden pothos plant in your household decorations to finally get that restful and energizing good night’s sleep you’ve been longing for! Trust us on this one because you have nothing to lose but your restless and sleepless nights.
TO RECAP: Apart from being decorative, house plants also prove to be highly beneficial when it comes to your health and sleep patterns. For one thing, they filter the air and oxygenate your home. Thus, choosing the right plants for your bedroom can be a great way to get rid of your sleeping disorder as well.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
The Wheeling Jesuit University study on plants
NASA Study on Plants