We've all been there—we toss and turn all night and before we know it, our alarm clocks are waking us up— minutes after we finally get a bit of shut-eye. Nothing feels worse than losing sleep and there are days when we'd rather stay at home just to get some decent rest.
Who knew that the quickest way to ensure better slumber is to fill your room with a few green friends? Gone are the days when indoor houseplants are for decor purposes only, they can help you stay healthy too!
Check out these three kinds of flora that can help you doze off in minutes:
According to a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the scent of lavender alone helps send infants into a deeper slumber while it helps induce sleep in adults. Their research also states that constant exposure to lavender can reduce anxiety levels, slow down the heart rate, and lower blood pressure.
Tip: While there are a handful of lavender-infused products on the market, consider going for the most natural and effective option—a potted shrub on your nightstand.
Aloe Vera is a top choice among homeowners as it provides a number of significant health benefits without the hassle of daily upkeep. Commonly used as a topical treatment, it is listed as one of the top air-purifiers by NASA Clean Air Study. It is said that increased oxygen supply at night helps relieve insomnia and improves overall quality of sleep. Tip: Instead of using store-bought aloe vera gel on minor burns, cut open one of the leaves and directly apply it to insect bites and dry skin, to name a few.
For those who suffer from asthma or other forms of respiratory diseases, NASA Clean Air Study claims that having English Ivy in the home helps decrease airborne mold at night by up to 94%. Given that air contaminants significantly affects the quality of sleep, this healing plant can help reduce allergy triggers in the bedroom to keep you well-rested. Tip: It’s important to note that English Ivy can be toxic to kids and pets when ingested. Make sure to keep it out of reach.