How Your Garden Can Help You Sleep Better

Here at the SFA.com website, we’re always looking for new ways to help people get over their various sleeping disorders. And that’s why we were very interested in the notion that gardening and spending time in your garden can actually make a considerable impact on how well you sleep at night.

Brown seat on patio

How can gardening help you sleep better?

Gardening has many benefits to health and well being, and is particularly loved by anyone over the age of 50, who will often own their own house, and have a garden they want to be proud of.

The activities in day to day gardening chores are fantastic exercise, allowing you to burn off plenty of energy and have a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

This is one of the reasons why it helps sleep, as people with insomnia can often be not doing enough meaningful activity during the day, and gardening can help to improve this.

Ways you can spend time in your garden

Many of the usual garden tasks are great for your mind and body. The following are examples of things you can do in the garden to help improve your sleep and well being in general.

Planting New Vegetables to Grow Your Own

Plant trees

There is something about eating the fruit and vegetables grown in your own garden that’s just very special. You can plant a range of things including potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, and more. This can be done alone, or with the help of a family member to add extra enjoyment. You can plant in borders, or start the plants as seedlings in your greenhouse. Activities such as digging holes and carrying soil make it great exercise.

Sitting Outside on a Garden Chair

White garden chair

If the chores are a little too much for you now, perhaps your back is starting to become less mobile in older age, then it can be a great idea just to spend time in the fresh air admiring your garden. One of the best ways to do this is on a garden chair, such as the reclining chair selection at Garden Centre Shopping, which can allow you to sit comfortably whilst getting the air needed for a long and healthy sleep. You can find out more about that in the video below:

Spending Time with Friends and Family at a BBQ

Having people around for dinner in the summer is a great excuse to get outside in the garden and get things going. Enjoying lovely BBQ food in the UK is a classic, and allows you to spend many hours in the fresh air and sunshine, improving your vitamin D and your social skills. For this you’ll need a patio set, such as the rattan dining range from Garden Centre Shopping, where you can use the dining chairs as the perfect place to enjoy the spectacle with your friends and close family members.

Resources on Gardening and Sleeping Link

Here are some more useful links and resources to learn more about how you can improve sleep with activities such as gardening.

http://www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste
http://www.mendip.gov.uk/garden
http://www.charmouthvillagelibrary.org.uk/rattan-conservatory-furniture-uk/
http://www.ilchestercommunityprimary.co.uk/why-reclining-garden-furniture-is-the-most-supportive-for-your-spinal-health/
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/genetics-links-sleep-disturbance-with-restless-legs-syndrome-schizophrenia-and-obesity/
http://www.backyardkitchengarden.com/reclining-garden-chairs-always-best-option-entertaining-family-friends/
https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3146/Garden-waste-bin
http://www.padstowgigclub.co.uk/garden-furniture-to-survive-the-harsh-cornwall-weather/
https://www.rsm.ac.uk/sections/sections-and-networks-list/sleep-medicine-section.aspx
https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/BinsRecycling/BinCollections/HouseholdBinCollectionsGardenWaste/find-out-about-garden-waste-and-apply.aspx
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tiredness-can-kill-advice-for-drivers
https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/garden-waste/
https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/sleepandtirednesskeyfacts.aspx
http://www.wcafi.org/how-plastic-rattan-garden-furniture-is-helping-the-environment-in-the-uk/
https://www.scarborough.gov.uk/gardenwaste
https://secure.pesticides.gov.uk/garden/
http://www.sw-ruralgateway.info/bench-outdoor-furniture-placement/reclining-garden-chairs/
http://www.palmbase.org/summer-garden-design-ideas-for-july-2016/

Michael Davies

Sleep Scientist at sleepforensicsassociates.com
I'm a sleep expert with a passion for gardening and the outdoors. Nature is the best way to relax.

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