4 Ways to Use Plants to Enhance Your Sleep

Although you’ll spend most of your time in the bedroom unconscious, it’s interior design shouldn’t be ignored. This is the room, after all, where you’ll be for nearly one-third of your life. Nature can be a key factor in your sleep success.

Now more than ever, people need more than a soft mattress to escape daily pressure and stress. The bedroom can be an oasis in an otherwise chaotic life. Nature, specifically plants, can help both your mind and body slip into restful sleep.

Why Nature?

Add plants to your bedroom to help you sleep better

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Time spent outside acts as mental rejuvenation. It’s been found that taking a 90-minute walk in a natural setting versus an urban one can help limit depressive thought processes. One study even found that time in nature reduced activity in the part of the brain associated with depression.

Nature can also help in recovery from injury or illness. In 1984 Dr. Robert S. Ulrich reviewed eight years of patient charts and found that recovery times were consistently shorter for patients with a view of nature. Medical records also showed fewer negative comments to nurses and less need for pain medications. His research changed hospital design and layout to include green spaces to aid in healing.

Nature’s ability to calm the mind and heal the body can extend to your bedroom.

How to use plants in your bedroom

There are a variety of ways in which you can use plants in your bedroom…

1. Potted Plants

Discover how plants can enhance your sleep

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Traditionally, houseplants aren’t kept in the bedroom, but what better way to bring the colors, shapes, and textures of nature indoors? The variety in which plants can be found give you a lot of options. NASA conducted a study and made a list of plants that remove biotoxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Some plants on the list also release oxygen 24 hours a day, purifying the air while you sleep.

You’re probably familiar with a few of them like the Gerbera daisy, English ivy, and the aloe vera plant. However, mother-in-law’s tongue, the spider plant, and the peace lily are excellent air purifiers that you may not have heard of.

Potted plants offer a versatile way to decorate. A small one on your nightstand adds a touch of green without imposing on your other design elements. Pots don’t have to be small. Bedrooms with an unused corner are a good place for a potted plant that takes up vertical space like the ficus.

2. Hanging Plants

Macramé is making a comeback. Hanging plant holders from the ceiling can look and feel like a forest without taking up square footage. Macramé holders can be found or made in colours that complement any interior design.

3. Living Green Walls

Nice example of how to use plants in your home

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A living green wall uses hydroponics to grow plants on the vertical surface of your bedroom. While you can certainly cover an entire wall this way, you can get a great natural effect with a small framed green wall too. Plants are inserted into a growing medium then arranged in a framed structure that can be hung on the wall like a picture frame.

4. Wall Hanger

There are a variety of plant wall hangers that work in the bedroom just as well as they do in the garden. Grouped in threes or fives, wall hangers can make a stunning design statement.

Houseplants bring nature to you where you need it most. With a calming bedroom atmosphere, you can settle down for seven to nine hours of sleep you need to keep up with your busy life.

(Disclosure: contributed post)

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