Friday, 1 June 2018

Can Plants in the Bedroom Help You Sleep?

The number of ways your sleep can be disrupted when you're a parent can seem insurmountable. Everything from crying babies and sick kids to financial concerns and street noise can wake you up and keep you tossing and turning for hours. However, there are ways to improve your chances of getting a good night's rest. Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep, but parents sometimes have to try to get as much sleep as possible.

One of today’s most popular interior design trends involves bringing nature indoors. What better place to surround yourself with nature than in your bedroom?

Plants Influence Your Mental Health

Today, more than any other time in history, we live in urban settings separated from nature. But nature can influence your mental well-being. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences compared rumination levels and neural activity of participants who spent time in a natural environment with those of participants who spent an equal amount of time in an urban setting. Those who spent time in nature did not concentrate or focus on stressful thoughts as much and showed less activity in the area of the brain linked to mental illnesses like depression. In short, their overall mental well-being improved.

Those same benefits can be brought into your home by using plants in your bedroom design. While you can't make your bedroom look like a forest, you can create a similar look and feel. The muted colours, organic shapes, and earthy scents help relax both mind and body leading to better sleep.

Plants Promote Healing
Plants promote healing, and hospitals have capitalised on that knowledge for decades. It started when doctors noticed that patients who stayed in a room with a view recovered faster. As scientists took a closer look at the benefits of the outdoors, they found that creating a garden space in hospitals helped patients in their physical recovery.

Adding plants to your bedroom decor won’t keep you from getting the common cold. However, it can help support your mental health. A calming place to escape from the stress and pressure of your daily life can be the oasis you need to fall and stay asleep faster and longer.

Plants Clean Air
Plants clean the air by removing common household biotoxins like formaldehyde and benzene. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in construction materials, adhesives, glues, paints, household cleaners, and furniture wax. It's almost impossible to keep them out of your home.

However, plants absorb many of these biotoxins and release oxygen into the air. Studies have shown that well-ventilated air improves the quality and depth of your sleep. Plants allow you to boost the air quality even during cold winter months when you can’t let in fresh air.

A space exploration agency conducted a study to explore which plants work best at reducing indoor air pollution. While they hoped to discover plants that could help clean air in space, they provided a long list of plants that can be used in the home. A few from their list include:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Spider Plants
  • Mother-in-Law's tongue
  • English Ivy
  • Snake Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy
Some varieties, like the snake plant, release oxygen at night. While you're sleeping on your mattress, oxygen can circulate over you all night long.

Because plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, you can mix and match them to fit in with the rest of your bedroom design. If space is limited, consider hanging baskets or using tall, slender plants that can fit in an unused corner.

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