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Five plants for a better night sleep

Five plants for a better night sleep

Are you having trouble staying asleep at night? Well, the plants I’m about to introduce you to might just be what you need. Sleep problems have become familiar for many Americans. According to a recent consumer report, 68 percent or an estimated 164 million Americans, struggle with sleeping or staying asleep throughout the night at least once a week. Not being able to sleep can be a combination of many factors including stress, an uncomfortable pillow or mattress, and restlessness. Included in that same report is that approximately 41 percent of people who bought over the counter sleep medications administered it for longer than a year and in some cases abused it. It is also important to note that these drugs can have side effects that are detrimental to one’s health. For example, Ambien can lead to memory loss, mental/mood/behavior changes such as new or worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, or anxiety. Learn more about the side effects of sleep medications.

Below are a few plants that are known to help people sleep better at night without causing any adverse side effects.

Lavender

Lavender plant is commonly known for its ability to aid in relaxation. It can also help with restlessness, headaches, joint pain and anxiety.  I also wrote about the benefits of lavender. Learn more about lavender. 

Aloe vera plant

Aloe vera plant is everything you need in your kitchen and anywhere in the house. Aloe vera plant can be found in many food and beauty products because of how beneficial it is to the human body. Although many people tend to use on their skin and in cooking, it is also used to improve the quality of sleep by fighting harmful toxins that float around the house or bedroom where you sleep.

English Ivy plant

This plant may be beneficial to people who have asthma or any breathing problems. Studies have shown that English Ivy plant can help reduce air molds up to 60 percent in six hours. After six additional hours, more than three-quarters of the airborne mold was removed. The study reported 94 percent airborne feces (ew) were eliminated after using English ivy plant.

Sage plant
Sage plant is not just for seasoning your food. It has been used for many years for medicinal purposes, for ulcers, cognitive disease, inflammatory problems, and as a relaxant. However, you need to be careful with sage; do not take it with any sedative drugs.

Gardenia plant
Gardenia plant is not just a plant that produces beautiful flowers. It also serves as a natural sedative and has a similar effect as valium that can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for an extended period.

    “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together” – Thomas Dekker

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