You’re probably anticipating certain physical changes as you age, but did you know that your sleep patterns often change, too? In general, the older we get, the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep.
In addition to difficulty sleeping being a part of the aging process, seniors often experience trouble sleeping due to physical illnesses and psychiatric disorders as well as the medications they take to treat them. There are certainly prescription medications that can help you sleep, of course, but their side effects can be dangerous. The healthiest way to ensure that you get enough rest is to develop holistic habits in your daily life that all work together to promote sleep. A well-balanced diet, exercise, and meditation can go a long way, for example, but there are other options, too.
Did you know that poor air quality could you robbing you of the quality sleep you need? Indoor plants can help promote sleep by providing fresh air within your home, allowing for a sounder, and more peaceful sleep.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Chinese Evergreen is one of the best houseplants for removing indoor pollutants that can negatively affect your respiratory system. Bringing them into your bedroom will make your bedroom a healthier place to sleep by purifying the air and increasing oxygen levels.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy is a good air purifier and can thrive in low light conditions. It is a trailing plant, too, so it can be grown on a high shelf or table for a cascading effect.
Valerian is an herb or small shrub (depending on its habitat) that can be taken in capsule form for relaxation. It also helps reduce stress, soothe your mind, and lift your mood. Inhalation of valerian can help with sleep and you can achieve this by using its essential oils in a diffuser.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
According to an article written by the Plants and Environmental Quality Group, Peace Lily is a great plant for removing toxins from the air. This plant will survive in shade to part shade conditions and has been shown to help individuals recovering from abdominal surgery.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Snake Plant can be grown indoors or outdoors and is a very forgiving plant when it comes to its basic care. That means that it can take low light and little water. Research has shown that this plant absorbs multiple toxins, making your indoor air much cleaner.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile is an herb that can be used in various forms for relaxation. The plant’s dried flowers contain flavonoids and terpenoids that give it medicinal properties. If you can’t grow chamomile on your own, you can buy chamomile tea in any grocery store to drink before bedtime.
Lavender is another herb that offers relaxing properties. You can apply its essential oils topically, use it in a diffuser, or simply grow it in a very sunny window for its pleasant aroma.
Bringing the outdoors in with houseplants is not only a great way to decorate your home, but it comes with several health benefits as well. From quality sleep, relaxation, to even boosting your mood, indoor plants are a great investment to make this season.