Toss aside your ear plugs, pink noise and lavender scented Lush products (actually, don’t be too hasty with those) – if you want to get a good night’s sleep apparently all you need is a (very on-trend looking) plant on your bedside table.
Despite sleep being crucial to our physical and mental well-being, not many of us get enough of it. In fact, research from Silentnight and The University of Leeds has found that 25% of Brits sleep for just five hours or less per night – two hours less than the national recommended average.
But now one supermarket on the high street claims that adding a botanical touch to your bedroom could improve your sleeping pattern – especially if your problem is a snoring partner.
Asda’s pineapple plant (£12) is one of the new additions to their Christmas range and as well as looking cute-to-boot, is said to have snore-preventing qualities thanks to its oxygen production.
According to the NHS there are a number of reasons we snore, ranging from sleeping positions to being overweight. But one of the most common causes is blocked or narrow airways in your nose.
The brand says that according to NASA studies, pineapple plants produce oxygen and improve air quality throughout the night which in theory should help your breathing as you slumber, giving you a better and quieter night’s sleep.
Asda’s Plant Buyer, Phil Smith, points out how big the problem is in the UK and what a welcome addition this plant could be for anyone sharing a bed with a less-than-silent sleeper.
Smith says, “Snorts, snuffles and splutters affect a quarter of Brits, so for those 16 million snorers, Asda’s Pineapple Plant could be a dream come true – even more-so for sleep deprived partners.
“For those lucky enough to sleep through the night without the disturbance of snoring, the plant is a chic addition to the home which is easy to care for and adds a little touch of The Tropics to any room.”
We must say, he has a point. Whether you’re plagued with snoring yourself (or cuddle up to a deafening dreamer), we have to admit the pineapple trend could have us plonking one of these in our shopping baskets for purely aesthetic reasons.
The pineapple plant is only on sale until January 2018, but although it may not strike you as the most festive greenery to decorate your house with, we bet you’ll change your mind when you see the popularity of pineapple Christmas trees that have taken over Pinterest this year.
Looks like there’s more to pineapple plants than we first thought!
Images: iStock / Asda