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If You Want Better Sleep, Your Bedroom Shouldn’t Lack These 5 Plants

If You Want Better Sleep, Your Bedroom Shouldn’t Lack These 5 Plants

The bedroom is your inner sanctum

The bedroom is a sacred place. Most people use it as a multipurpose room. It doubles as a dining room, office, lounge, play room, dressing area, and an overall receptacle for all of your stuff. However, a huge part of establishing and maintaining good sleep hygiene is by creating a peaceful place for relaxation and sleep.[1] You can start by simply decluttering your space[2] and limiting the activities you engage in—in this space eat at the dinner table, work in your office or other designated space, lounge on the couch, etc.

One thing that can significantly enhance and alter the overall ambiance and serenity of your sacred sleep space is the addition of plants. Studies[3] show that there exists a number of plants that have sedative properties and create a sense of calm just by having them near you.

5 plants you should have in your bedroom to produce a better night’s sleep

1. Lavender

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    Lavender is famous for its ability to reduce anxiety, soothe your senses and induce sleep. The scent of lavender[4] slows down your heart rate and lowers stress levels. Studies have also shown that the smell increases light sleep and decreases rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep allowing you to become fully awake quicker—making this plant perfect for napping. Another benefit of the aromatherapy lavender plants provide is that it actually reduces crying in babies which in turn allows parents to sleep better.

    2. Rosemary

      Rosemary is a member of the mint family and along with its sedative properties it also improves your memory[5] and improves the overall air quality in confined spaces.

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      3. Jasmine

        The scent of jasmine has been clinically proven to improve the overall quality of sleep and increase mental alertness and productivity. It also helps in reducing anxiety and depression. Its soothing botanicals have profound effects on your body and mind.[6]

        .4. Snake Plant

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          Snake plants[7] are easy to care for and require very little fuss. These low maintenance beauties improve the quality of air throughout your home by emitting fresh oxygen into the atmosphere during the night. They remove carbon dioxide and filter household toxins from the air. These plants are ideal for those with severe allergies, asthma or other breathing issues.

          5. English Ivy

            English ivy is another low-maintenance plant that grows easily indoors. It also is a phenomenal air purifier. Studies show that English ivy can reduce air molds[8] by 94% in 12 hours. It is especially beneficial for those with mold sensitivities and breathing difficulties. It is the ideal plant for you if your sleep quarters are located in a dark and damp space.

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            A surefire way to improve the quality of sleep at night is by adding these five plants to your bedroom. Not only do they spruce up the room and add to the aesthetics of the space but they add vitality and life to your private sanctuary. The also have practical relaxing and purifying benefits – which promotes healthy sleep.

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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