A significant amount of the time we have in this life is spent sleeping. Interestingly, difficulties with sleep are not an uncommon thing and the symptoms of this range from mild to severe issues such as erratic mood swings, irritability, and sleeplessness (insomnia), hallucinations, as well as sleepiness during wake-hours. Treatment can be intensive depending on the severity of the problem. However, less invasive treatment options, such as breathing machines, can also prove to be effective. Another option is the use of plants.
Research on certain plants used to enhancing the sleeper’s environment and moods has shown that they can be used to improve sleep. As such, the plants present a suitable alternative to extensive sleep therapy and the use of medications. All it takes is the placement of the type of plants in the bedroom and allow their soothing effects help you to overcome the difficulty you face when trying to sleep. Some of the top choice of plants you can have in your house or the bedroom include:
Lavender is known for its distinctive scent, and the plant has been found to have a positive impact on people with poor sleep patterns. Its pleasant aroma coupled with its brilliant appearance, give it that uniqueness that makes it a natural remedy for insomnia and other sleep-related problems. The smell of lavender has a calming effect, and this is an essential element that aids in sleep. Studies show that lavender can help induce a feeling of calm in fussy, sleepless babies and helping them to sleep.
In the hospital settings, lavender has been used to help patients feel relaxed so that they can rest. As such, it reduces cases of blood pressure and anxiety, while enhancing the patients’ sleep. You can opt to use the lavender as a growing, potted plant place on the bedside stand or the window. You can as well choose to use it in the form of a sachet (that contains dried lavender), or as oil in your humidifier, or as a room freshener.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera extracts have been used in aromatherapy for ages, and they are also available in the form of consumable medicines, creams, and ointments. The herb has been used to treated issues associated with diabetes, to promote glucose tolerance, as well as other common impairments. Aloe Vera is one of the active ingredients in topical gels. Aloe Vera oil can be used in a humidifier so that its effects can help induce sleep by increasing oxygen levels thereby prompting a sense of calmness.
3. Snake Plant
While the snake plant, also referred to as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue make not be a popular herb, its addition to your collection of plants can help things along. The plant is relatively low maintenance. It has tall, broad leaves that have a high craving for CO2 yet the plant does not thirst for water quickly. Therefore, introducing the snake plant to your bedroom can help increase the oxygen levels as the plant takes up much of the CO2 in the room. The plant can also help rid the air of toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde. The increased oxygen levels play a role in helping you overcome your insomnia. Moreover, the plant adds a bit of color and variety in the room.
4. Peace Lily
Also called the Spath, the peace lily is closely associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. It is an evergreen plant that requires minimal care and watering, which makes it similar to the snake plant and the aloe vera. Studies show that the peace lily can help lower the toxins in the air thus raising oxygen levels. Also, it has a beautiful look that makes it a lovely addition in the bedroom. So if you are looking for the perfect companion in when you go to bed that will help you fall asleep, then get the peace lily.
5. Spider Plant
The spider plant is a flowering perennial herb praised for its health benefits. It is resilient and easy to care for, and this is why it is often confused for the snake plant that has similar qualities. The NASA found that this herb can serve as a useful houseplant, more so for people that face difficulties with their sleep. The spider plant is an excellent detoxifier that will clean the air and get rid of foul smells in the bedroom. It pretty presentation also make it a decorative accent for the room.
And there you have it, five natural alternatives to the medications and sleep therapy that come in the form of plants, which can be solutions your sleep problems.
All of these plants will help ensure you’re comfortable and restful when you get into your Sleep Country mattress.