Can plants help you to sleep?
For those who have difficulty sleeping (generally – not just with the mini heatwave that we experienced!), there could be natural help at hand.
Whilst most of us are reluctant to take medication for such things, sleep deprivation is a serious condition and if you often find yourself watching the clock as it ticks through the early hours of the morning, then you might want to give plants a go!
I’m not making this up – and I’ve not had too much sun! (I diligently wear my hat whilst working out in the blazing sun).
So – which plants could be beneficial to your nights’ sleep?
Aloe Vera – One of the only plants to emit oxygen at night – which can help to induce calming sleep. You don’t need to concoct a potion or cast spells- having the plant in the room in which you sleep is enough. You can boost the sleep inducing properties by drinking aloe vera gel.
Mother in laws tongue – Sansevieria Trifasciata – this popular houseplant not only produces oxygen, but it also reduces carbon monoxide in the room – so again, it’s great for inducing calm sleep patterns. It’s rumoured to have a lowering effect on blood pressure too – which is beneficial to good sleep.
Boston Fern – This bushy house fern not only looks beautiful (lush, green leaves) but is also rich in flavonoids which will help to regulate your nervous system and help you deal with stress.
Weeping Fig – sometimes referred to as Benjamin’s Fig. It removes high proportions of benzene, ammonia and other harmful impurities that may be emitted from low quality items, such as chipboard and linoleum. It will improve the overall air quality in your bedroom – and again, looks lovely. Keep the leaves looking super shiny with a damp cloth every couple of weeks (it looks like an artificial plant).
Our final suggestion is the Areca Palm – another plant that removes the carbon dioxide, as well as other toxins from the air. It also realeases moisture into the air – making it easier to sleep, as your airways don’t get dried out, causing you to wake frequently.
So – if you, or someone that you know has difficulty sleeping on a regular basis, try heading off to your local garden centre and stock up with some healing plants. The garden centre staff will be able to advise you on care plans for your plants – as well as letting you know the best location for them to be.
Try it out – and let us know if you start to sleep better.