6 indoor plants that can induce sleep

Bhubaneswar: After a long day isn’t a good and calming sleep all that a person craves for! For that, one needs a comfy bed in a room with a relaxing ambiance.

As convenient as it sounds, people nowadays fail to pamper themselves with that basic privilege for several reasons ranging from pollution to stress, both in personal and professional lives.

Average adults need seven to nine hours’ sleep daily for their physical and mental wellbeing. Every time they are deprived of that, their bodies get more tired and need more sleep than before. That disturbs their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing and eventually affects their work.

Though prescription medicines are available to help people sleep, health experts don’t recommend their prolonged usage. They rather suggest opting for natural alternatives like meditation.  To add to that, we have a green solution named ‘houseplants’.

Houseplants or indoor plants are generally preferred for decoration purposes in households. But did you know, some houseplants help induce better sleep in people when placed in their bedrooms!

You heard that right. Some houseplants release oxygen during the night and fragrance from their flowers sets a relaxing ambiance in the room. That helps a person relax and sleep better.

Here are six houseplants that you can place in your bedroom to have a better sleep:

 

 Valerian

A valerian plant is best known for inducing sleep.  The small, white, and pink flowers of this plant spread a sweet smell in the room. That calms a person’s mood and helps them sleep better. Valerian plants are also known to help with sleep disorders like insomnia.

This plant does require some handsome amount of sunlight. So, placing it on a window sill that gets enough sunlight would be a great idea.

 

 Peace lily

These plants are natural air- scrubbers and humidifiers. They are known to increase the humidity of the room where they are kept. This not just helps one sleep better but also turns ideal for people with dry skin and hair.

Peace lily plant doesn’t require a lot of sunlight to grow and watering it once a week would be just fine. That makes it an ideal houseplant.

 

Lavender

The relaxing smell of lavender helps lower heart rate, manage stress and blood pressure in a person. It also helps calm down and thus, get better sleep.  This plant, however, requires a good amount of sunlight and thus, a window sill would be its best spot in a room.

 

Aloe vera

Unlike other plants, the aloe vera plant produces oxygen at night. So, keeping this, in the bedroom would make it more aerated.

This medicinal plant is a great addition to any home. It produces oxygen at night, so like the other plants listed, it will improve the air in your bedroom. This plant is known as a ‘succulent’ – it needs very little watering as it maintains moisture within its leaves. The gel from these leaves can be used to treat minor cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin. It is, therefore, a great plant to have around the house! Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy.

 

English Ivy

According to NASA, this plant works as an air-purifier and works wonders for people with allergies and asthma. It reduces airborne molds and turns the air in the room cleaner and better for a calming night’s sleep.

English ivy is an easy-to-grow plant and doesn’t need a lot of sunlight. However, it has to be kept away from the reach of kids and pets at home for it could be toxic to them if eaten.

 

Jasmine

The aroma of jasmine is known to relax people, reduce anxiety in them and enhance their mental wellbeing.

However, people who are allergic to pollens must take precautions or avoid indoor plants that have pollens.

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