If you find a good night’s sleep elusive, you’re hardly alone. According to a report that got wide coverage after appearing on NPR, something like 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia and that’s just one of a number of sleep disorders. Many people have sought sleep means of pills, melatonin, sound or aromatherapy machines, eye masks, and counting sheep but often with only limited success.
Unlikely though it might seem, having plants in your room could be key to getting the shut-eye you so badly need. Plants help to clean and purify the air inside your home. Breathing cleaner air, scrubbed of toxins, not only reduces your chances of getting sick, but also boosts mood and reduces stress. So even if plants don’t solve all your sleep problems, they still have other health benefits.
Jasmine has long been associated with anxiety reduction and better sleep and it smells wonderful, too. Another plant that smells pleasant is lavender; its scent is particularly calming and soothing. Combining the lavender plant and its essential oil may deliver a one-two punch to your insomnia.
The name may not make it sound inviting, but don’t dismiss the snake plant. It’s a superb air filter and it’s especially busy cleaning the air and churning out oxygen at night. Another first-rate nighttime air filter and oxygen generator is the aloe vera plant. English ivy is a specialist at absorbing various toxins while also vacuuming up airborne mold. A study conducted by NASA determined that English ivy is the champion in this respect. A sixth plant to consider is red-edged dracaena. This is a large one, so if you’ve got some space to fill, it may be just what you’re looking for. The dracaena does a great job at filtering out volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzenes and because it’s a big plant, it’ll filter a lot of air.
Check out the video we’ve posted below for more information and a couple additional plant suggestions. Have you found plants helpful? Let’s hear from you in the comments at Facebook. Don’t forget to like and share!