Everyone loves sleep, and there’s nothing quite so miserable as tossing and turning all night long and then needing to get up what seems like minutes after you finally fall sleep.
Sleepless nights take a toll on our bodies and minds, affecting our productivity at work and our mood at home. Getting a better, more restful night’s sleep is essential to our quality of life.
Most of us feel better when we leave our homes and breathe in fresh air from outside (unless you have allergies) or go for a long walk in nature. So why wouldn’t we feel better after bringing some nature indoors?
Plants purify the air by removing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, which means you’ll be breathing easier when you have a plant or two in the room.
Some plants have fragrances that have been shown to have a relaxing effect on our bodies, reducing stress and fueling a good, long nights sleep.
Poor air quality due to pollution, odors, and molds can have a detrimental effect on our breathing, making sleeping difficult or next to impossible.
The good news is that there’s been some research done into how plants affect the way we sleep, and that research shows that there is a large variety of plants that can purify the air while we sleep!
We’ve assembled a list of 24 plants that will help you sleep better based on their calming and cleansing effects. Enjoy, and we hope you pick out a couple to bring into your home!
The favorite food of Koala bears is great for helping you sleep more restfully. Eucalyptus is lightly fragrant and is known to have medicinal qualities, which include helping you fall asleep. Eucalyptus oils are used often to promote sleep.
2. English Ivy
English Ivy is easy to grow and only needs partial sunlight, so it’s great for growing indoors. Some studies have shown that English Ivy can improve symptoms of allergies or of asthma.
3. Red-Edge Dracaena
This visually pleasing and large plant is a great space-filler, since its spiky leaves expand outwards. The Red-Edge Dracaena is thought to remove chemicals like formaldehyde xylene, and trichloroethylene from your environment. They also grow up to 15 ft, and need adequate sunlight, so make sure you have enough space and light before you buy.
4. Peace Lily
Beautiful peace lilies are known to boost a room’s humidity, suppressing airborne microbes and reducing symptoms of allergies. Extra humidity in the room will also relieve dry noses and scratchy throats that keep you up all night.
5. Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera daisies have enormous, colorful blooms that are bright and sunny and perfect for any room in your home. These beauties release more oxygen at night, and are great for those who suffer from sleep apnea or allergies.
Just be careful: Gerbera are prone to fungal diseases and need special attention.
6. Golden Pothos
The marbled leaves of Golden Pothos are an attractive feature, but the true value of this plant is in the way it purifies your home’s air. It loves morning sunshine and only needs watering once a week.
Golden Pothos is a great hanging plant, since it looks somewhat like ivy. Hanging also keeps the mildly toxic leaves out of the reach of pets or children.
This lovely fuschia colored shrub is a great addition to your home, as it will help remove chemicals like formaldehyde, which comes from sources like plywood or foam insulation.
8. Bamboo Palm
Also known as the reed palm, this small palm tree is a great indoor air purifier; they work better than air fresheners at eliminating common household odors, as well as providing you with fresh air. Bamboo Palms are easy to care for: they love moist soil and indirect sunlight.
9. Rubber Tree
Rubber trees have large, shiny leaves that do a great job cleaning the air. Plus, the plant itself is incredibly easy to grow, thriving even in dim lighting. It’s a low maintenance plant that even people with black thumbs can keep!
10. Snake Plant
Otherwise known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Snake Plants are highly recommended for people who want to improve their indoor air quality–mostly because they’re incredibly hardy and easy to care for. It emits increased oxygen at night, leading to a better night’s sleep for you!
Source: Life Hacker
This common household herb is a great choice for you if you love to cook. It will serve a dual purpose as both a houseplant and as seasoning for your food. According to a study, it can even improve your memory by up to 75%! Like all plants, it recycles carbon dioxide, improving your air quality.
12. Aloe Vera
Aloe is listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants. It works (and looks) much like a snake plant, releasing more oxygen at night. It’s also easy to take care of; it tolerates neglect well and doesn’t require frequent watering.
It also reproduces quickly, so you could end up with one plant for each room!
The scent of lavender is highly prized, and is often associated with restful sleep and reduced anxiety. Lavender is thought to help by slowing down your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure.
14. Chinese Evergreen
This is a great plant for those who have a heavily shaded home, as it thrives in full shade. It releases a high level of oxygen, and helps take formaldehyde and other chemicals out of your environment while you sleep.
Source: Southern Living
15. Spider Plant
Spider plants are named for the way the long leaves drape out over the planter. NASA tests showed that these beauties remove around 90% of potentially carcinogenic formaldehyde from the air. They also do a great job at absorbing odors!
16. Heart Leaf Philodendron
The heart shaped leaves of philodendron look somewhat like fans, and they’re a great choice for indoor areas. They can grow vines as well, and are particularly good at removing formaldehyde from your environment. They love moderate watering and partial sunlight, so they’re fairly easy to care for.
17. Florist’s Chrysanthemum
Also called “Pot Mums”, these beautiful flowers have huge colorful blooms that are sure to brighten any room you place them in. They are thought to help remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, ammonia, and benzene from the air.
This perennial has white or pink flowers that bloom in the summer, and have a beautiful scent that rivals the sweetest perfumes. The scent alone can help you fall asleep quickly, so why not keep one of these beauties in your bedroom window: they love sunlight!
The glossy evergreen leaves and fragrant blossoms of gardenia make them a handsome choice for any room in your home. Some people claim that the plant’s scent can be as effective as prescription pills in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep.
Source: Science Daily
20. Areca Palm
This small palm is known to purify the air, adding more oxygen to your environment and reducing carbon dioxide. It also acts as a natural humidifier, which is particularly nice during the winter months, when your home can feel dry from the heating system.
Jasmine has a beautiful, gentle scent and an exotic look that many homeowners love. It’s thought to help reduce anxiety levels, which can help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer. And good sleep leads to better productivity during the day! Source: Wheeling Jesuit University
22. Weeping Fig
Weeping figs, or ficus, are great household plants for rooms with carpeting. They help purify the air by removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, which accompany furniture and carpeting.
23. Warneck Dracaena
This shrub has beautiful light green edges, making the leaves look striped. Warneck Dracaena is thought to help combat pollutants associated with varnishes and oils.
24. Boston Fern
The Boston fern is rich in essential oils, flavonoids, and other substances, and is thought to help regulate your nervous system and have a calming effect, helping to lower stress.
Original source: NaturalLivingIdeas.com, used with permission.
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