Lack of sleep is an epidemic affecting not only Americans but people all over the world. It is estimated that one third of American adults and 60% of Canadian adults have difficulty sleeping on a regular basis and are not getting enough shut-eye each night.
This chronic fatigue is affecting our health in more ways than one. Higher incidence of driving, workplace, and medical accidents are being reported, all with disastrous outcomes. The impact on our long-term health is even greater: The CDC reports that those who don’t get proper sleep are more likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, and cancer.
Our fast-paced, stressful lives, poor diets, constant connection to social media and the internet, and environmental toxins are preventing us from “shutting off” at the end of the day so we can rest. With the world continually buzzing around us and demanding our attention, how are we supposed to turn our brain off enough so we can sleep soundly at night time?
It can be tempting to turn to over-the-counter or even prescription sleep meds, but we know how dangerous these drugs can be to our health. There are plenty of natural sleep remedies out there, including sleepy-time teas, herbs, drinks, and even bedtime yoga routines. If none of those seem appealing to you, perhaps this one will: Common household plants have been found to have a positive impact on your health, well-being, and may even help you sleep. The best part? All you have to do is remember to water them.
Benefits of Household Plants:
Plants are essential to life, removing carbon dioxide from the air and providing us with the oxygen we need to breathe. Growing indoor plants also beautifies your home and helps you enjoy a little bit of nature when you aren’t able to spend time outside. Other benefits of indoor plants include:
- Reduced stress
- Less anxiety
- Cleaner air
- Headache relief
- Mood boost
- Cold and illness prevention
- Improved brain function
- Improved sleep
Indoor plants have an incredible ability to remove toxins from your environment. Considering most of us spend the majority of our day inside, keeping these plants can have a profound impact on our productivity, health, and vitality.
If you are having trouble sleeping, consider growing one of these five plants in your home to improve the quality of you and your whole family’s sleep.
5 Plants that Help You Sleep
You’ve probably used aloe vera in some form or another when you’ve had a bad sunburn, or perhaps you’ve even tried popular aloe vera drinks. Beyond saving your skin after a long day at the beach, aloe can be an incredible sleep-aid to keep on your bedside table. Aloe plants emit large amounts of oxygen at nighttime. This increased oxygen content in the air can help to clear your mind and reduce stress and anxiety, which in turn helps you fall asleep faster and sleep soundly until morning.
If you aren’t a morning person and struggle to feel awake and ready to tackle the day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before, than jasmine may be the plant for you. In addition to its pleasant aroma, jasmine as shown to increase alertness and productivity in the mornings. If #mondaymotivation is your biggest enemy, than try growing this little plant for that extra boost to start your day off on a more energetic note.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils on the market, known for its relaxing nature and antimicrobial properties. In plant-form, lavender gives off an incredible scent that has a powerful ability to calm a wired mind and ease even the most stressed-out of persons into a deep slumber. Lavender plants have even shown to help lull finicky babies to sleep.
NASA has listed english ivy as the most powerful air-cleansing plant you can have in your home. It can reduce airborne mold by up to 94%, helping to improve the breathing ability of anyone who suffers from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. If you or anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, growing this plant in their bedroom and elsewhere in the home can dramatically improve their ability to breath easy and sleep better at night.
Despite its ominous name, the snake plant is anything but scary. The serpent-like leaves of this houseplant can be useful in reducing headaches, eye irritations, and respiratory problems. They are incredibly easy to grow and add an exotic touch to your home.
Proper sleep is essential for you to thrive, be productive, and fully enjoy your life. Try using these plants to help you beat chronic fatigue and sleep better than you ever have before.
As always, consult your doctor if your inability to sleep persists and before trying any new natural sleep aid alternatives.
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