If you have trouble sleeping and feel like you’ve tried all the tricks, we might have another one in store for you.
Placing a few key plants in your bedroom could not only provide some peace of mind, but also help you nod off.
Plant expert Richard Cheshire revealed: “A valerian will look gorgeous in your bedroom thanks to its small pink and white flowers.
“Apart from the sweet scent, valerian plants have been used for centuries to help with sleep problems, including insomnia.
“Inhaling the scent of valerian root has been shown to induce sleep and improve sleep quality.”
The use of medicinal valerian root dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
But while strong clinical evidence is lacking, benefits in sleep quality and falling asleep faster have been reported by people using it.
One popular theory is that the extract stimulates nerve cells to release a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
It slows down the activity of nerve cells and has a calming effect.
We’ve already talked about how another plant could change your sleep.
The snake plant not only does it look great, it could improve your life by pumping oxygen into your home.
Unlike other plants, it releases all of its oxygen at night, giving you an extra boost of life.
Getting enough oxygen while you sleep helps you sleep better and improves mood and mental alertness the next day.
Lower oxygen levels can cause headaches upon waking, and higher levels stimulate the brain to stay in a deeper, more restful sleep, studies suggest.
Sleep hacks and how to improve your sleep has been a hot topic for weary Brits.
We said before how the key to doze off quickly relaxes about an hour before bedtime, says “sleep geek” James Wilson.
In fact, the sleep practitioner and co-founder of Feel comfortable said it doesn’t even matter when you go to bed as long as the body shuts down first.
He said to fill a hot water bottle with lukewarm water and then put your bare feet on it while you relax.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.