Lack of sleep, as well as poor sleeping habits, can have a severe negative impact on overall health. It is estimated that at least one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia, whether mild or severe. Those affected by insomnia have a higher risk of health problems like heart attacks, high blood pressure and depression. Lack of sleep can also negatively affect your memory, cause weight gain and encourage premature aging. Furthermore, doctors have found that prolonged use of sleeping pills tends to lessen their effectiveness. Thankfully, there are many natural approaches that can help your sleep cycle get back on track.
One of the most effective homeopathic remedies for insomnia is the introduction of house plants. Placing certain plants in your bedroom has been proven improve overall quality of sleep. These plants can lower overall stress and anxiety levels, one of the most common causes of insomnia, as well as improve air quality and have a general calming affect.
This plant is one of the most commonly used plants to help insomnia. In addition to a lovely aroma, Lavender is known to induce sleep and reduce stress. While there are a number of lavender scented products available, placing the plant itself in your room is most effective.
- Aloe Vera
Many people are familiar with Aloe Vera for it’s skin care benefits, such as for burns, insect bites and dry skin. However it is also listed as one of NASA’s top air improving plants. The Aloe Vera plant emits oxygen at night, which promotes deeper, longer and overall more restful sleep. Even the most inexperienced gardener can easily manage an Aloe plant. It requires little water and is very resistant to “neglect”.
Often used as a perfume in the early 16th century, the Valerian plant is also very helpful at treating insomnia. The blossoms provide a sweet smell and inhaling the scent can help you fall asleep very quickly. Valerian plants do need full sun for at least six hours a day though, so make sure your bedroom gets plenty of sunlight.
- Peace Lily
Peace Lily plants are another great plant for insomnia. They actually filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxin from the air. In addition, the moisture given off by the leaves can increase a room’s humidity levels by five percent. This can help suppress airborne allergens, another common underlying cause of insomnia.
The aforementioned plants are just a few of the many plants proven to increase quality of sleep. Even placing just one of these plants in your bedroom at night can make a dramatic difference. Harnessing the healing power of these plants will truly improve your sleep as well as your overall health.
Note: Remember to check a plant’s potential toxicity to children and/or pets before bringing it home. Ensure whatever plant you choose is suitable for your whole family.