4 Plants that’ll help you sleep

If you suffer from insomnia, chances are you’ve tried all the usual remedies, but have you ever consider adding plants to your home and bedroom?

Air-purifying plants help decrease pollution, odours and moulds that can impact night time breathing. Plus, they add a beautiful, zen-like calm that also contributes to a better night’s sleep. Stodels Nurseries, Belville recommend the following

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Here are 4 of their recommended plants:

Mother-in-law’s tongue

Highly recommended for improving indoor air quality, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is hardy and easy to care-for. It emits oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.

Peace lily

The moisture given off by the flowers of Spathiphyllum boosts humidity by up to 5%, suppressing airborne microbes that can lead to allergies. A nice shady position (out of the reach of pets and children) and weekly watering is all it needs.

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Bamboo palm

Also known as the reed palm (Dypsis lutescens), this small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favour of a few of these and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.

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This popular purple-flowered plant helps you sleep better and wake more refreshed. Lavender is popular and used often used in traditional aroma therapy sessions. One study found that lavender makes us feel more energetic and refreshed and a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow will ease you into a gentle sleep and reduce anxiety.

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