It’s finally time for bed.
It’s been a long day—work, responsibilities and deadlines kept you busy. Now, you’re exhausted. You wait for the pull of sleep, but it doesn’t come. Instead, you find yourself lying awake, thinking about what the next day will bring.
It’s a catch-22 many of us with anxiety encounter: the need for sleep, but the inability to get it. Which comes first: anxiety or sleeplessness? Does sleeplessness cause anxiety, or does anxiety cause sleeplessness?
It turns out, both are true. Studies have shown that sleep and mood are closely linked. People who have sleep problems are at an increased risk for developing emotional disorders, depression and anxiety. At the same time, people who struggle with depression and anxiety often report having sleep disorders.
If you often find yourself struggling to fall or stay asleep, one natural way to promote healthful rest is by keeping a plant in your bedroom. Several houseplants have sleep-improving and anxiety-reducing qualities, like lavender, which lowers the heart rate and relaxes the mind.
The team over at Dromma Bed created an infographic outlining the 15 best indoor plants for sleep. Put one in your bedroom for a natural way to calm your mind and promote rest.