Use Plants and Nature to Sleep Well

This week we are welcoming a guest post by Samantha Kent on behalf of SleepHelp.org!

In a fast-paced, modern world, it can be hard to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. But, your bedroom design can create a sleep sanctuary where stress and pressure are left outside the door. Walking in nature has been shown to reduce activity in the part of the brain where depression often begins. Plants bring nature into your bedroom to not only improve the air quality but help damper the stress and anxiety that could be getting in the way of high-quality sleep.

Remove Biotoxins for Cleaner Air

The average home contains small amounts of biotoxins like:

  • Benzene: Found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, and rubber, benzene can act as an eye or skin irritant.

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE): TCE enters the home through drying cleaning, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives.

  • Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde finds its way into almost every home because it can be found in everything from grocery bags and facial tissue to paper towels and pressed wood.

 

NASA performed a study and found many plants that absorb and remove these toxins from the air. A few from their list include:

  • Gerbera daisy

  • Pot mum

  • Mother-in-law’s tongue

  • Peace lily

  • Green spider plant

  • Aloe vera

  • Chinese evergreen

 

Better air has been shown to improve the quality of your sleep and improve how you feel the next day. Many people have found that their mind feels clearer and sharper the day after sleeping in a room with clean air.

No matter your decorating style, you can find plants that will clean the air and enhance your bedroom design. With all that in mind, it’s time to start decorating with greenery.

Fill Tight Corners and Awkward Spaces

Plants come in different shapes and sizes, which helps them to fit into unusual spaces like a tight corner where a low roof creates a space where most furniture can’t fit. However, a tall, thin plant that grows vertically can fill the corner without taking up usable floor space. A houseplant can bring shape and color to an otherwise drab and unusable windowsill.  Or, try creating a corner vignette with floating corner shelves accentuated with potted plants of various shapes.

Create a Living Wall

If you’re the kind of person who likes to think outside the box, a living wall might be right up your alley. A living wall consists of plants that are pre-planted and fastened into a box that is then mounted on the wall, making it appear as though the leaves and vines are growing out of the wall itself. It’s a bold look that takes the same care as other houseplants, it just adds more visual interest to the room.

Use Plants Up High

Hanging pots are as beautiful inside as they are outside. You can mount plants to the wall or hang them from the ceiling using macrame. Getting plants off the floor works well in small houses, apartments, or homes that have pets and small children.

Bring Nature in Everywhere

You can bring nature indoors with more than just plants. Relaxation and comfort are the key ideas when you’re thinking about your bedroom. Everything from the bed frame and mattress to the rug and curtains can be made of natural fibers and materials that can help you feel the living world around you. Mattresses with latex support layers and wool or cotton covers are also a more natural choice. For those looking for other ways to bring nature indoors, try natural wood furniture, photography of natural scenes, or stone elements as alternative ways to make your bedroom feel like an outdoor sanctuary. 

Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.