Sound sleep and good quality air are essential for healthy living, better productivity and a surge in your energy levels. Indoor plants promote deep sleep, reduce the indoor pollution levels and improve the air quality of your home. So if you suffer from poor sleeping habits and want to breathe in fresh oxygen, maybe you should try to grow the below-mentioned plants that will enhance your sleep.
Don’t worry even if you don’t have green fingers, aloe plant requires minimal maintenance and very little water. NASA has listed Aloe Vera as one of the top air improving plants. It reproduces so fast that even if you buy one, you’ll have aloe plants for all rooms in your house. Keep it on your bedroom window because it needs a lot of sunlight. Aloe gel is used to treat minor cuts and burns and can be used to moisturize dry skin. Aloe Vera also has a lot of beauty and medicinal benefits.
Jasmine is a traditional flower in our Indian culture. The fragrance of jasmine has been shown to improve sleep quality and increase productivity and alertness. The mild scent soothes your mind and body. The plant can tolerate different kinds of soils and can be grown indoors quickly. Jasmine does require a lot of sunlight, so if you’re a beginner try to give the jasmine plant sufficient water and fertilizers and place it in the sunlit area of your bedroom. In Chinese medicine, the jasmine flowers are brewed to prepare herbal teas. The tea helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
Snake plant is one of the most recommended plants to improve air quality. The ideal place to keep the snake plant is in your bedroom because it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. Even if you’re a busy working parent, you can try to grow it in your house as it is inexpensive and requires little maintenance. The plant also filters formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene and benzene from the air. Experts recommend 6-8 waist-high plants per person for optimal output from this oxygen factory.
The English Ivy is another one of NASA’s top plants for purifying the air. It is easy to grow indoors and only needs moderate exposure to sunlight. Without proper sunlight, the ivy plant will become leggy and sickly looking. Be warned that the plant is toxic to kids and pets so keep it out of their reach. To be on the safer side, you can place the evergreen vine in an indoor hanging basket. Research has shown that English ivy can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma which can severely affect both the quality and quantity of sleep. Researchers from The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that English Ivy removed 94 percent of airborne feces and 78 percent of airborne mold in just 12 hours. Mold usually affects our breathing, and so it’s a useful plant to have on hand for a great night’s sleep.
When growing indoor plants, check whether they are toxic to children and decide accordingly. Wiping the leaves every week increases its efficiency to improve air quality. Choose a good mix of plants that purify the air and those that produce sound sleep; this practice will enhance your holistic health significantly.
Swarnambal John is an experienced health and wellness writer. She writes the blog healthyhomosapien. She is also a contributor to a couple of prestigious online magazines.