6 Plants For The Bedroom to Help You Sleep Better

Not sleeping enough? You may want to consider having these plants in the bedroom.

Updated on June 08, 2017 18:06 pm

After a long day, it’s now time to take your much needed rest. The problem is you find it hard to fall asleep. A recent study by SingHealth revealed that Singaporeans are not clocking enough sleep due to a number of factors.

Instead of bringing gadgets to the bedroom, why don’t you try bringing in plants that will help you sleep better? Here are some of your options:

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1. Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is known for its many uses such as a skin gel to ease itchiness caused by rashes or as aloe juice filled with nutrients. Aside from that, did you know that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recommended aloe vera as one of the top plants that improve the quality of air inside your home? It also emits oxygen at night, helping those with insomnia sleep better. Get your own aloe vera here.

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2. Peace Lily. Aside from aloe vera, peace lily is also highly-recommended by NASA for purifying indoor air. It’s more than just a pretty plant to put in your room as it also filters out harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene commonly found in items like papers, plastics, and paints. It also helps you get rid of microbes and relieve allergies that bother you and the kids at night. Place peace lily near the window and let it give you a peaceful night.

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3. Gardenia. Gardenias have a scent that can captivate you and leave you with a pleasant feeling. Some have reported using gardenias in place of sleeping pills as a more natural way to improve their sleep. If you’re looking for a more natural way to deal with your sleeping problems such as insomnia or anxiety, try growing your own gardenia. Just be reminded that they’re not the easiest plants to grow but the benefits they will give are surely worth it.

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4. Jasmine. Jasmine is one of the most common plants known for improving one’s sleep because it lowers anxiety and exudes a refreshing scent, too! A study also showed that the smell of jasmine has the same calming effect as Valium, without the side effects. Treat yourself to this potted jasmine.

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5. English Ivy. Here’s another NASA-approved air-purifying plant. English ivy is particularly helpful to those suffering from asthma and breathing difficulties, especially at night. According to a study, English ivy helps get rid of allergens in the air like airborne mould. Be careful though because this plant is poisonous. Keep it out of children’s reach and make sure to trim it regularly.

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6. Lavender. Lavender is a famous scent in certain oils and candles which keeps a person relaxed and calm. It is believed to have the same effect in your sleep, especially for babies. A study highlighted the lavender scent’s ability to reduce crying in babies, which in turn reduces stress especially for new moms. Another study revealed that lavender is a mild sedative which promotes deep sleep for both young men and women. With all those benefits, wouldn’t it be great to grow your own lavender?


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