Do you ever have trouble sleeping?  It’s the worst,  when you just can’t turn off the day and rest, or you wake up stuffy.  Continuous nights of poor sleep make everything go awry.  Everyone experiences insomnia or poor sleep at some time in their life, and it can be hard to know how to deal with it.

In mild cases, slowing your mind and body, turning off screens and breathing clean air can alleviate problems and promote good sleep.  In case you needed another excuse to plant plants, better sleep is a compelling one.

Air quality

Plants for sleep: Philodendron

Philodendron

It’s no secret that plants improve air quality, and one of the most important places to have clean air is where you sleep.  Did you know that it is ideal to house 10-15 plants for every 2,000 square feet of living space to attain maximum impact?!

Lower stress

Plants have been proven to lower stress and improve concentration, focus and even memory.  How many house mates do that?

Aromatherapy

Scent is important for mood. Scents trigger feelings of nostalgia, warn you about danger, help you to be alert and focused, and even make us relaxed and sleepy.  A great many scents related to relaxation are plant-derived, so it stands to reason that those same plants make good bedroom companions.  Just give them a gentle pet and nod off.

The A-list plants for better sleep

Here are a few plants that will assist in restorative sleep, air quality and energy.

Plants for sleep: Jasmine with bromeliad

Jasmine with bromeliad

Jasmine easily comes to mind when considering plants for better sleep.  It must be one of the loveliest smells on earth.  These plants typically bloom twice a year, and though their scent isn’t year-round, the plant’s airy look is calming. When it is in bloom it’s worth it.
Plants for sleep: Lavender

Lavender

Lavender is known to have a calming effect, and research studies have confirmed this. Anyone who has enjoyed the scent of lavender knows first-hand that it has soothing properties. Pluck off a leaf or give the plant a pinch and the fragrance radiates throughout the room.  Make a quick tea at bedtime or add the leaves to a nice warm bath.  Add to that the intoxicating scent of the flowers when the plant is in bloom and you’ll be quickly relaxed, making it easier to sleep.
Snake plant (sanseveria)

Snake plant

Snake plant, or sansevieria, is one of the best plants for indoor air quality. Along with the health benefits it provides, just by doing its thing, it is one of the easiest plant to grow. Snake plant will survive in low light and prefers not to be watered too often. Ahhhh.
Plants for sleep: Draceana

Draceana

Dracaena are another easy-care plant that also make a statement. Moderate watering (but if you forget it will forgive you) and medium light are all that are required. There are a wide variety of dracaena to choose from, making it easy to find one that’s right for your room.
Plants for sleep: Aloe

Aloe

NASA conducted a study quite some time ago looking for the best air-purifying plants. Snake plant and Draceana are both on it, but there are others. Here’s the short list:

  • Spider plant
  • Ficus
  • Peace lily
  • Boston fern
  • Bamboo palm
  • Pothos/Philodendron
  • Aloe
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Aglaoneama
  • English ivy

Plants enhance our landscapes and our home décor, add color to public places, increase our mental acuity and feed us the nutrients we need to live long and healthy lives.  Plants just might also help give us better sleep, which is important for our health (and it just feels so good). Might as well stack the deck in your favor and add some green to your bedroom to promote better sleep.

See you at Tonkadale!

Tiger the cat at Tonkadale Greenhouse

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