According to a report by the Mental Health Foundation, almost a third of us suffer from sleeplessness which in turn affects our health. Being sleep deprived puts us at a higher risk of mental health and relationship issues. It can also have a huge impact on our productivity as well our general wellbeing.
Almost half of Britons (49%) have never taken steps to help them sleep, even though 32% admit that they sleep poorly.- The Great British Sleep Report
We’ve put together a list of the top five plants that could help you get a better nights’ sleep.
Aloe Vera is a really great choice of indoor plant. Firstly, it is easy to look after and doesn’t require much attention and doesn’t need frequent watering. Secondly, it emits oxygen at night aiding sleep, making it an ideal plant to have in your bedroom. NASA even have it listed as one of their top air-improving plants! Other perks of the Aloe Vera plant are that it reproduces easily so you can easily soon have one for every room of the house, and you can also use the gel for minor cut, burns and bites.
Lavender has long been known for its relaxing, soothing fragrance. It is also known to reduce the heart rate and reduce anxiety levels, making it the perfect plant for helping us off to sleep. Some studies have shown that the smell of Lavender increases light sleep and reduces the amount of time it takes to wake up.
The instantly recognisable fragrance of Jasmine may be a little strong for some of us, but it is known to improve quality of sleep. By reducing stress and anxiety with the calming effect of the fragrance of Jasmine, studies have proven that we do sleep better.
Great looking and easy to grow, English Ivy is listed as the top air-purifying plant by NASA. Especially beneficial to anyone suffering from asthma or breathing problems at night as studies have shown that English Ivy reduces airborne mould by up to 94%. By reducing contaminants in the air, which are major triggers of allergies and asthma, this easy to grow plant could help improve quality of sleep.
Many people are reluctant to take medicine such as sleeping tablets to help with getting a good nights’ sleep and are resigned to putting up with sleeping badly. Why not give one of these plants a try? You will not only be improving the quality of the air that you breathe, you’ll be bringing a little outside, inside and they look great.
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