15 Sleep-Promoting Plants You Can Grow Indoors

This article was written by Taylor Jones, the director of digital marketing at Soft-Tex International.

Sleep is vital to both our physical and mental health. The restorative process repairs the body, boost energy and supports daytime performance.

Despite the essential role sleep plays in our lives, the majority of Americans aren’t getting enough rest. In fact, an estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep per night.

There are a number of reasons you may not be getting enough sleep. There are several medical and psychological causes of insufficient sleep, including insomnia, sleep apnea and anxiety. Additionally, your lifestyle might be keeping you awake: poor diets and the lack of a sleep schedule can keep you awake at night.

Fortunately for those of us who often find ourselves tossing and turning late into the night, there are many natural sleep remedies that aren’t disruptive and don’t require medication.

The Sleep-Promoting Power of Plants

Plants have a number of restorative powers. In fact, studies have shown that just keeping potted plants in your space has the ability to lower blood pressure, raise productivity and increase the overall sense of happiness.

Many indoor houseplants also have qualities that promote sleep. For example, the spider plant has the ability to remove toxins from the air, creating a more effective sleep environment. Other plants, like lavender, have the ability to calm and ease the mind, making falling asleep easier.

Adding a plant to your bedroom is an effective way to promote better sleep, improve your sense of well-being and liven up your space. Read on to learn more about the sleep-improving qualities on certain plants, or go to the infographic below to see the 15 most soothing bedroom plants.

Jasmine

One bedroom plant perfect for promoting sleep is jasmine. Inhaling the smell of jasmine before going to bed can lead to reduced sleep movement and greater sleep efficiency.

Additionally, jasmine’s smell can affect your next-day performance as well. The same study found that people who smelled jasmine’s scent before bed woke up feeling more refreshed and had more energy throughout the day.

Characterized by it’s small, star-shaped flowers, jasmine is a beautiful addition to any bedroom. To grow it in your bedroom, place it where it can receive direct sunlight and water it approximately twice a week.

Lavender

Lavender is a powerhouse plant when it comes to promoting restful sleep. This plant is perfect for people who suffer from insufficient sleep due to anxiety. Lavender’s scent has the ability to decrease the heart rate, relax the mind and soothe anxiety.

The lavender plant also has the ability to increase deep, or slow-wave, sleep according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland.

Lavender, characterized by long stems and purple buds, thrive in Mediterranean conditions. For best results, keep it in direct sunlight and lean soil. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can still benefit from the sleep-promoting powers of lavender essential oil.

Snake Plant

For an easy-to-grow indoor plant that helps promote sleep, look to the snake plant. One of NASA’s air-purifying plants, the snake plant has the ability to filter household toxins out of the air. Toxins it can remove include benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene.

The snake plant has thick, stiff leaves. An ideal indoor plant, it can tolerate all levels of light and irregular watering.

Valerian

If you suffer from insomnia, adding the valerian plant to your bedroom is a great way to help promote sleep. The plant has over 150 chemical constituents that help relax the central nervous system and have been shown to help treat patients with insomnia.

Valerian can be a high-maintenance plant to care for, however. It needs approximately six hours of sunlight a day to thrive, and needs to be watered regularly. However, dried valerian root, which can be used in teas, is a good alternative.

Gardenia

The classic gardenia is a great bedroom plant for people suffering from anxiety. According to one study, the plant has the same ability to relax and soothe as anxiety medications containing barbiturates and propofol.

The gardenia is a beautiful flower with smooth, white leaves, but brown thumbs beware—it’s extremely sensitive and difficult to care for.

Sleeps plays a vital role in keeping us healthy.

The restorative process is essential to our overall physical and emotional health. In fact, according to the CDC, insufficient sleep can be extremely dangerous and increase the likelihood of chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity.

Busy lifestyles and demanding responsibilities can make it difficult to get enough sleep. Additionally, medical and lifestyle factors may keep us from getting the amount of sleep we need.

Luckily for the millions of us who don’t get enough sleep at night, there are many natural remedies to promote sleep. One such remedy is putting a plant in your bedroom.

From purifying the air to relaxing the central nervous system, sleep-promoting plants have a number of abilities to improve the quantity and quality of sleep you get. You can learn more about the best plants for sleep on Dromma Bed, or see the full infographic below.

Soothing Bedroom Plants

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career