Get Better Sleep by Adding These 7 Plants to Your Bedroom
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There’s nothing more frustrating than tossing and turning your way through the night instead of getting the restful sleep that you need and deserve. Believe it or not, the solution might be as simple as adding some houseplants to your bedroom. Not only will you enjoy the beauty and vitality that a well-placed plant can bring to your home, you’ll also be able to produce natural sources of relaxation and pure air, prompting healthier sleep patterns. There are a variety of plants that can help you to reduce stress and anxiety, helping you to counteract insomnia. And many plants also purify the air in your home – reducing poor air quality that is caused by pollution, pollen, and mold. This list of 7 houseplants can help you get a better night’s sleep, thanks to their cleansing and calming effects:
This exotic flowering plant has been shown to seriously reduce anxiety levels with its soothing scent and softly colored petals. Adding the calming effects of jasmine to your bedroom can help you to lull yourself to sleep, giving you increased levels of alertness and productivity during your days.
This well-known and much-loved plant has been proven to reduce stress levels and heart rates, as well as lower blood pressure. The scent of lavender has also been shown to help quiet crying babies and increase sleep times in women. Although there are a multitude of lavender-scented products on the market that will give you the same benefits, many people prefer to have a living lavender plant in their bedroom for an added beauty boost.
If you’re looking for improved air quality, you don’t have to look much further than the Snake Plant – it emits oxygen during the night, while also removing carbon dioxide from the room. This plant is also hardy and easy to care for and filters out some of the most common household toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
This tough and useful plant was known as the “plant of immortality” amongst the Egyptians, as it takes quite a bit to keep it from thriving (although it does require direct sunlight) and it reproduces itself with ease. Known as one of the best air-improving plants on the planet, Aloe Vera works to cleanse the air in your home by emitting oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. And with the added benefit of containing a healing gel for minor cuts and burns, it’s a must-have houseplant for every home.
Somewhat similar in appearance to the Snake Plant, the Spider Plant is also an awesome air cleaner, and has been shown to remove up to 90% of the carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde from the air in your home. In addition to keeping the air clean and chemical-free, the Spider Plant also absorbs and filters out fumes and odors in your home, as well as sustaining the level of oxygen in your bedroom, helping you to get a better night of sleep.
Simple to grow and needing only a moderate amount of sunlight, English Ivy is another top purifying plant, and it has also been shown to improve the symptoms of asthma and allergies when kept in the home. This thriving vine plant looks equally as great placed on a windowsill or hanging in an indoor basket – just make sure to keep it out of reach of kids and pets, as it’s toxic when ingested!
Thanks to its exotic origins and appearance, the Bamboo Palm will bring a warm, almost tropical feel to your bedroom and it’s easy to care for when the soil is kept moist and it's placed in indirect sunlight. Adding a Bamboo Palm to your bedroom will allow you to ditch those chemical air fresheners, as it filters out airborne toxins and odors, while also boosting the oxygen levels in your home.
Be sure to check if any plant is toxic, and if it is, make arrangements to keep it away from kids and pets.
Remember to keep your plant’s air purifying abilities high by wiping the leaves once per week.
Choose a variety of plants to give you the most benefits – you want some that clean the air and some that induce sleep through their soothing scent.
Health experts recommend around 15 air cleaning plants per 1800 square feet to get the most benefit.