By Mayukh Saha
Sleeplessness is a problem that mustn’t be ignored at any cost. If you find it difficult to sleep properly on a regular basis, it can have profound negative effects on your health. Lack of proper sleep will not only affect your mood but will also make you feel exhausted very easily.
In most cases, insomnia is caused by various psychological factors like stress and anxiety. Apart from these, environmental pollution is another major factor which leads to chronic problems of sleeplessness.
Provided, the high levels of air and other pollutions that we live in, you’d be mistaken to assume that the air inside your room is very clean.
Indoor pollution, caused by substances like carbon monoxide and airborne biological pollutants, is a major cause of chronic insomnia. In a way, it causes more health issues than outdoor pollution.
I know that sounds scary and you might be thinking that it’s the end of the road. Let me assure you that it’s not.
Here’s a list of 15 bedroom plants which, according to a study by NASA, can treat insomnia as they purify the indoor air and reduce stress levels.
1. Aloe VeraPixabay
Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” and quite rightly so. At night, the plant releases oxygen, resulting in air purification and improvement of sleep quality.
2. English IvyWikimedia
It might seem counter-intuitive that a toxic plant can purify the air. Yet, in fact, it does. In only about 12 hours, this plant can rid the air of 78% of the airborne mold and 94% of the airborne feces.
3. Golden PothosWikimedia
Even this one has slightly toxic leaves. Yet, it is also an exceptionally potent air purifier. You can either keep it in a pot or hang it somewhere.
When this plant blossoms, it gives out a sweet aroma which helps in relieving stress and promoting sleep.
Jasmine is another plant which is much famous for its profound health benefits. Its ivory and pink flowers not only look good, but also keep you rejuvenated throughout the day.
It does many good things for your health. It normalizes your heart rate and also brings down stress levels. Plus, it keeps your blood pressure under control.
7. Bamboo PalmFlickr
It freshens up the air inside your room by removing the toxins and also any kind of odor. This freshness induces adequate and undisturbed sleep.
8. Gerber DaisiesWikimedia
Above all, the multi-colored flowers of this plant look very good and this improves your mood. So, you can sleep better. Plus, during the night, it releases oxygen and purifies the air.
9. Spider PlantWikimedia
This super-potent plant absorbs almost ninety percent of the carcinogenic formaldehyde that hangs in your room’s air. Plus, it removes bad smell and maintains the level of oxygen in the air.
10. Snake PlantFlickr
At night, this plant not only releases oxygen but also absorbs the carbon dioxide.
The valerian has a sweet-smelling flower which blooms all around the year. The Romans have been using this plant to treat insomnia since time immemorial.
12. Peace LilyWikimedia
This plant removes the organic pollutants from the indoor air. It also maintains the level of humidity inside the room and kills micro-organisms. Apart from sleep, it also helps with allergy and dry nose.
13. Areca PalmWikimedia
This plant removes the volatile organic compounds and also maintains the level of humidity in the air inside your room.
After sundown, unlike other plants, orchids absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Thus, it purifies the air.
They follow the same principle as the orchids.
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To conclude, I would like to remind you that you have to take good care of these plants and regularly clean their leaves with water. Otherwise, they cannot reach their fullest potential.
IMAGE CREDIT: Max Pixel