The Healthy Hack

After a long day at and of work, a good night sleep is all you want. Sleep can be achieved with the help of a warm shower, relaxing music and fading light. Putting bedroom plants can be of great help too.

However, the latter has a controversy revolving around it. Some people gathered that it’s not good for the health because it releases more carbon dioxide at night and sucks a lot of oxygen. In contrast to a research, it’s quite the opposite: plants excrete lesser carbon dioxide in which humans are safe and absorb too little amount of oxygen.

Factually, it helps you to sleep better, detoxify the air and improve well-being. It has been scientifically proven that it breeds microorganisms which fight indoor air chemicals and pollutants. Houseplants also suppress airborne germs and release water vapor into the environment.

Here are 6 bedroom plants that will help you have a good sleep:

Lavender

In ancient times, has been used as an aid for sleeping. Because of its aroma, pillows are filled with its flowers that promote sleep, good mood and decreases anxiety. According to National Sleep Foundation, it relaxes the body keeping the blood pressure low and heart rate. Furthermore, the scent keeps down the level of cortisol and promotes blood circulation better and relaxation.

Instructions:

  • Strategically place the plant in the southern part facing the window.
  • Keep the soil moist. Over watering can cause it to root rot, a common phenomenon to lavender plants.
  • Choose smaller variety because it can grow up to 3 feet tall and wide.

Jasmin

Not only this plant has beautiful flowers but also it has a saccharine smell perfect for your bedroom. In aromatherapy, the extract (oil) is believed to help fight stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. It is also used to regulate blood pressure, improve immune health, breathing and heart rate. According to studies, inhaling jasmine oil sends a signal to the brain that regulates emotions and to the nervous system. Furthermore, it promotes a sound sleep: lesser movement and quality sleep.

Instructions:

  • Place the plant in the coolest southern part of the bedroom.
  • Provide a support when growing this plant.
  • 3-4 hours of sunlight is more than enough.
  • Keep the soil moist and use fertilizer.
  • Trim the plant to control especially in spring.

Rosemary

This plant is known mainly for its cooking purposes but it also has other use. In old times, this is used as a memory enhancer and can help with sleeping. Its essence (oil) is recommended by aromatherapists for stress relief, promotes focus, circulation and supports the nervous system in general.

Instructions:

  • Put it to direct sunlight for 6 hours every day.
  • Water the plant, as needed if the soil felt dry and use fertilizer in early spring.
  • Clip as necessary because it can grow up to 3 feet.

Snake Plant

Snake plants don’t have fangs, so don’t be scared. This is actually helpful in eliminating toxins in the air your breathe. It is recommended to people with allergies and with asthma, especially.

According to research, it is effective in fighting off formaldehyde and benzene toxins indoors. Generally, it’s a tough plant to kill.

Instructions:

  • Very low maintenance: minimum water and sunlight.
  • Just dust off the plant to clean. It’ll grow no matter what.

Spider Plant

This plant purifies and detoxifies the air you breathe which is very helpful especially indoors. It filters out pollutants in the air. NASA said that it can eliminate 90% of the harmful formaldehyde in the air. It absorbs foul smell and fumes and promotes good sleep.

Instructions:

  • Water occasionally, sunlight minimal.
  • Hang them near the window in a basket. It grows fast and it makes the room alive.

English Ivy

This plant helps purify the air in the bedroom. It’s not bad too as a decoration because it adds color to the room. In a NASA Clean Air Study, it was found that English Ivy diminishes a number of mold spores in the home environment. However, keep it out of children or pets because it has poisonous leaves and berries. It helps people with mold allergies but can also cause skin reaction because of its sap to some people.

Instructions:

  • Place the plant indirectly to sunlight.
  • Keep it away from AC vents and exposed areas.
  • It grows abundantly so regular trimming is necessary.
  • Water the plant accordingly when the soil feels dry.