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6 Plants For Your Bedroom to Help You Sleep
Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? To stay asleep? Do you have insomnia or sleep apnea? What if I told you there was a 100% safe, natural, organic way that might help you have a better night’s sleep, that won’t break the bank and doesn’t involve taking a medication. Would you be interested? Of course you would. So many are effected by sleep disturbance, and the main cause of most troubled sleeping, is that so many have trouble breathing while sleeping. When our breathing is interrupted, as you can imagine, or may already know from experience, our sleep is too.
There are a handful of plants, yes, plants, that are suitable for your bedroom that may help with your breathing and sleep patterns. Aloe Vera Plants, English Ivy, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lavender, and the Spider Plant’s all have helpful health properties that may help you breath and sleep through the night.
Lavender (My personal favorite!)
Lavender is loaded with relaxing properties, in its plant form it is known for being able to reduce both stress and anxiety along with being able to create a relaxing atmosphere for helping provide a good night’s sleep. It does have a strong smell, and some find it to be to strong and overbearing, personally it’s my favorite both in plant and oil form. One study even suggested that the scent of lavender reduced crying in babies allowing them to engage in a deeper sleep.
Don’t worry, there are no live snakes here, these plants do however, produce an abundance of oxygen at night. It is one of many plants that has this “super power”, it actually produces O2 during the day and night. This will provide enough oxygen for better breathing and relax the atmosphere so you can sleep better. Studies have shown that keeping a snake plant in the bedroom may help avoid eye irritation, headaches, and may even help improve productivity levels- it’s also very easy to keep for those of us without a green thumb!
English ivy also has its own super power, it’s known for its absorbing powers- it will absorb all of the toxins in the air. More impressive, it will absorb the airborne mold and replace it with oxygen. It will grow well and thrive in your home, while providing a toxin free living space, this is great for the bedroom or any living space in your home.
Aloe Vera (My other favorite, so many benefits!)
Aloe Vera, this plant is most commonly known for the healing properties of the aloe gel inside the plant for burns. The Aloe Vera plant is also known for promoting sleep and helping eliminate insomnia. The plant produces oxygen at night, making it easier for you’re to breathe and relax, having a more peaceful night’s sleep.
Gardenias are a popular plant choice for bedrooms. Studies indicate that keeping one in your room may help you achieve a better quality of sleep, with claims that it may be as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep. Gardenia is harder to maintain, so if you are like myself, and have a hard time keeping plants alive, I might not suggest this beauty.
Jasmine is a plant with a sweet fragrance, it has been shown to help improve the quality of sleep along with helping with alertness and productivity the next day. Jasmine plant also acts as a sedative, thus helping with insomnia. Studies have shown that in smelling this plant, stress and anxiety levels may be reduced, the essential oil coming from jasmine may be one of the best for the aiding in treatment of both depression and anxiety.