Keep these plants next to your bed for a restful slumber

Sometimes, your busy lifestyle can take a toll on you. Stress and anxiety, accompanied by the poor air quality in your environment may cause you to have a hard time falling asleep at night. Fortunately, there is a natural solution to this: indoor plants. Ditch those sleeping pills and put some indoor plants in your bedroom or next to your bed for a more restful slumber. All of these plants are (relatively) easy to take care of and are a great addition to your bedroom decoration. Here are the plants that can help you beat insomnia and have a good night’s sleep:

Aloe vera: Cleaner air can significantly improve sleep quality, and aloe vera is a great houseplant for cleaning the air. This medicinal plant produces oxygen at night, improving air quality. As a succulent plant, it only needs very little watering because it maintains moisture within its leaves and should be placed in a well-lit area. Its leaves also have a soothing effect which is great for skincare or for treating minor cuts and burns, insect bites, and dry skin.

Gardenia: People who suffer from anxiety often have problems in maintaining healthy sleeping habits. Putting gardenia in your bedroom will help you attain a better sleep quality because the scent of this plant can produce a calming effect. There are also some claims that this plant may be as effective as Valium, a calming drug, in treating anxiety and promoting sleep. Keeping this plant’s luscious leaves and delicate flowers in perfect health may be tricky. Still, this plant can thrive in a humid environment if you water it regularly. Also, keep it in a bright room, but not in direct sunlight. Maintaining this plant may need more attention, but it’s definitely worth the hassle.

Lavender: For more than 2,500 years, lavender has been well-known for its benefits. Researchers found that exposure to this plant for at least two weeks can make you feel more refreshed after sleep. Smelling the aroma of lavender has a relaxing effect. Other studies have shown that it can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. Because this plant likes warmth and sunlight, it is best to be placed near a sunny windowsill and should be watered sparingly.

Jasmine: While many prescription drugs for insomnia have some calming effects on them, they also come with side effects. Jasmine plants, which have small, white flowers, can provide this calming effect without the side effects of drugs. Researchers reported that the sweet scent of jasmine is associated with reduced anxiety levels and that it improves sleep quality. Jasmine plants have a resting period during winter, so do not put them in direct sunlight and avoid overwatering.

Peace lily: Peace lily is one of the best indoor plants to remove air pollution, according to NASA. This plant cleanses the air by breaking down and neutralizing harmful gases that are floating around the house, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. It also takes mold spores in the air and absorbs them through its leaves, using them as its food. Peace lilies need medium, indirect light and should only be watered when the soil is dry or when the plant starts drooping. Its elegant white flowers and dark green leaves also make a great décor in the room. (Related: 11 Top Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins.)

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