Lowered productivity, lack of energy and poor health can be all caused by difficulties with sleeping.
Most sleep-related issues are caused by stress and anxiety. Many studies show that being surrounded by nature helps in lowering the levels of cortisol and the blood pressure. It also boosts the immune function and triggers relaxation.
Plants purify air by absorbing odors and molds that can impact breathing and lung health.
These are some of the plants which are best for you!
If you have children or pets make sure that the plants you have at home are non-toxic. Toxic plants should be left in unreachable places or simply given away.
Wipe the dust from the fallen leaves every week. This will enable them to filter air properly.
NASA recommends between 15-18 air purifying plants for a 1800 square feet home. Make sure to place a few in each bedroom.
This is a bushy trailing plant with delicate white or pink flowers. It’s known to lower anxiety and it helps you acquire deeper, more restful sleep.
Keeping a jasmine plant in your bedroom at night will contribute to increased alertness and productivity during the day. It also has a delicate and refreshing scent!
Lavender has got one of the most well-known sleep-inducing aromas. It slows down the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure and stress levels.
A study found that it reduces crying in babies and helps them sleep. This has lowered stress greatly, as for the mother, so for the child.
In women, lavender facilitates light sleep and decreases rapid eye-movement during sleep. It also reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.
3. Snake plant
This is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It can be watered very little every 2-3 weeks.
Like most plants, it thrives off carbon dioxide at night and turns it into oxygen. Studies show that increased oxygen levels lead to better sleep.
Snake plant also cleans airborne toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is great for people who don’t have a great thumb. It tolerates neglect and missed watering.
The plant reproduces easily so one plant will spawn enough babies to fill your home.
Slicing aloe vera lengthwise releases gel that can be used to relieve minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and sunburns.
This plant fills your home with a lovely fragrance.
It’s effective for treating insomnia and poor sleep. A recent study found it to be as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep.
Gardenias need lots of bright indirect sunlight and proper care. It might not be the best option for a first-time plant carer.
6. Spider plant
These plants are true fighters. They can clear up to 90% of the formaldehyde in the air of your home. This chemical is a potential carcinogen and is found in most buildings. Common sources of formaldehyde are: adhesives, grout and fillers used during construction.
Spider plants also absorb odors and fumes improving the overall air quality for you and your family.
This is a perennial that blooms in the summer and smells sweet. It requires about 6 hours of full sunlight a day.
The blooms of this plant were a popular perfume component in the XVI-th century. The root was used in tea and tinctures which treat insomnia.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, breathing in its scent will speed up the process.
8. English Ivy
It’s very simple to grow. It requires very little light to thrive.
This plant has been known to improve symptoms of allergies or asthma. It also helps people with breathing problems to have better sleep. In 12 hours, English ivy cleans up to 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold.
This is a trailing plant so try to keep it on a tall shelf or in a hanging basket. Make sure to prune it because it grows, so you can keep it out of reach from pets and children.
9. Peace Lily
This plant is also known as Spathiphyllum. It is very easy to take care of. It’s very forgiving after periods of neglect and droops when it needs more water.
With suppressing of the airborne microbes, peace lily helps relieving allergy symptoms, which can help relieve the irritating dry nose and throat that keep you awake all night.
This plant is also known for removing benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde toxins from your household air. It can increase the humidity in a room by up to 5% thanks to the moisture of its flowers.
10. Golden Pothos
The golden pothos is a hanging plant which requires very little attention.
It can remove almost 9000 micrograms of formaldehyde from the air in as little as 24 hours. It can also remove over 70% of airborne benzene in the same time period. Air filtration also occurs within its soil.
If you live in the city, consider placing this plant near your bedroom window so it can detoxify the air which comes in.