When you get tired of pills, what can help you sleep?
Have you ever had to toss and turn at night before falling asleep? Or maybe you’ve had to count thousands of sheep to fall asleep only to wake up once again.
And what ALWAYS follows is the morning alarm clock telling you to hop out of bed with bloodshot eyes. Waking up with having little to no sleep can the be worst. When caffeine doesn’t do the trick, all you feel is extreme grogginess with a little bit of grump on the side. And yes, there comes more problems with lack of sleep.
You might also find yourself losing productivity, having overwhelming feelings of fatigue, and persistent headaches. However, there are ways you can ditch those pricey chamomile teas, and unhealthy go-to-sleep habits...
In fact, science has shown that plants can help improve the quality of your sleep! Here are five bedroom plants that can help your bedtime turn into a snooze wonderland.
Despite its name, this plant is sweet. Also called the snake plant, it's one good thing to have on your nightstand.
Kamal Meattle, Indian environmental revolutionist, thanks this plant for saving his life after his lung function dropped down to 70%. This plant purifies your air by removing toxins and chemicals. Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, benzene and other harmful irritants are filtered helping improve air breathability.
The snake plant has the ability to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during night time, making it an ideal bedroom plant for those with sleep apnea or any sleeping disorders.
There's absolutely no surprise as to why this plant ended up in NASA's list of top air-purifying plants. Just like mother-in-law's plant, this English Ivy is also a low-maintenance plant, and it can grow even in a window-challenged room needing only moderate sunlight.
Numerous studies have proven its ability to reduce bouts of asthma helping asthma sufferers have better sleep - both in quantity and quality.
A 2005 experiment conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology revealed outstanding discoveries. They tried to test the plant's ability to filter the air in an area near mouldy bread and dog feces. The English Ivy displayed a marvelous ability to eliminate 94% of feces present in the air and 78% of mold in a matter of 12 hours.
However, do be careful not to keep this plants near the reach of your kids or your pets as English Ivy can be poisonous.
Weeping Fig Tree
The Weeping Fig Tree, or Ficus Benjamina, is like any other ordinary tree, but just a little smaller. With a single trunk that helps purify the air, if you're not a fan of palm trees and flowery plants ornamenting your home, this might be the right plant for you.
This plant is unbelievably great at filtering toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. A study from the Department of Crop Science in Malaysia revealed that the extracts of Ficus Benjamina has generous amounts of antioxidants. They also repel microbes, which suggest that these extracts contain antimicrobial agents.
It is best to put this on your nightstand or near your windows as they require bright light. And if your room is at room temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll love you all the more. Regular, but not overdone, watering is what this tree likes best as its roots are prone to rot.
If you notice the leaves drooping, this signifies that your plant needs much more attention. Be sure to keep it happy with enough light, appropriate humidity and just the right amount of water.
If you love white as an elegant color and enjoy the beauty of simplicity, this might be the best plant to have in your bedroom.
This plant is accentuated with its smooth leaves and glossy blooms with a fine scent, and are mostly seen in Africa, Asia and few islands in the Pacific. In other words, it’s mostly happy with humid environments.
Not only is this plant pretty, but it has loads of antioxidants. And with the ability to repel bacteria, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Sleeping troubles? Worry no more - this plant has a sedating characteristic helping you sleep soundly. To top it off, the aroma of this plant will make it a crowd pleaser for any room in your house.
Watch out if the flowers are beginning to wilt or droop as it is a sign that the plant is not getting enough humidity. You must water the plant regularly to keep it moisturized, and ensure that soil is damp as often as possible.
If you love the look of sunshine and the radiance of colors, this flower is just the right ornament for your home. The Gerbera Daisies comes in an array of colors - pink, purple, orange, bright yellow and pure white. They're best for your porch, your kitchen table, and of course, your bedroom.
The beautiful blooms of Gerbera Daisies are recommended by NASA in their list of air-purifying plants. Like mother-in-law's tongue plant, this pretty pot of fragrant flowers converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night time.
If you have dry cough, asthma attacks, sleep apnea or obstructed breathing, then you might want to put this plant in your room. In addition to its assistance for those of you with problems sleeping, these flowers also can help boost your mood!
A study by Jones showed how flowers boost the mood of women they are given to. Researchers found that flowers always bring out the Duchenne, or true smile when they are given to subjects. This means that Gerbera Daisies and other flowering plants are able to give you a real ''good morning'' smile.
To care for these wonderful blossoms, you should put them near your room's window. It needs direct sunlight and a sandy soil. Water them generously before the flowers bloom, and when the flowers have sprouted, reduce watering them to avoid root rot.