Sleep is perhaps the easiest and cheapest form of rest and rejuvenation that our hardworking self deserves to get every single day.
Why Sleep Is Important
Contrary to the common notion that sleep is just a waste of time, mounting studies show that getting quality snooze time actually plays a crucial part in achieving happiness and your goals.
According to experts, sleep can:
- Make or break your mood. A single night of inadequate sleep can turn you into a raging bull the following day.
- Make you feel great in bed. Sleep replenishes the body with healthy testosterone levels. On the contrary, not getting enough sleep lowers libido and dampens sex drive in both men and women.
- Help you build that muscle you’ve been working so hard for. Sleep is essential to producing muscle-building growth hormone, but lack of it can cause muscle loss or atrophy.
- Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and skin damage caused by aging. A paper published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that women who slept poorly showed accelerated signs of skin aging and were slower to recover from skin damage.
- Sleep boosts your immunity better than vitamin C. Sleep is your body’s way of repairing its system. Missing out on it means lowering your body’s defenses and making yourself vulnerable to viruses and diseases.
And the list goes on and on. But as with all things healthy, sometimes hitting the sack early is easier said than done.
3 Indoor Flowering Plants That Can Help You Sleep Better
Luckily, nature has a variety of indoor flowering plants that you can conveniently put inside your bedroom and help you sleep better.
Gardenia plants are a popular choice for bedroom flowering plants. Interestingly, research suggests that these charming white blooms work like valium, a prescription drug that provides short-term relief from anxiety, when it comes to calming one’s nerves and encouraging sleepiness.
Gardenia is undeniably the greenest, healthiest remedy if you’re suffering from insomnia or anxiety-related disorders.
The only downside is that gardenias require a bit of meticulous maintenance. Like orchid plants, they need sunlight but not directly.
Lavender’s sought after benefits include reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing quality of sleep. As a matter of fact, a study has shown that the scent of lavender effectively helps young babies to calm down and hush from crying.
A lavender plant is believed to be more potent than dried lavender leaves, which you can usually buy in sachets, as it has a stronger scent. Because lavender need sun to thrive, put them near your bedroom window that gets flooded with sunlight.
3. Peace Lily
Years ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a list of indoor plants that can purify and improve air quality. Peace lily was on that prestigious list.
Did you know that within a couple of days of having it inside your house, peace lily can incredibly filter out up to 90 percent of molds and toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in the air you breathe.
If you’re suffering from allergies, which likely hinders you from getting a good night’s sleep, peace lily is for you. Water it once a week, put it near a window, and this chill white plant can take care of things on its own.