Plants are a wonderful addition to any room. Beyond turning your bedroom into a zen oasis, certain plants can help you sleep better. Plants purify air and replenish oxygen. Some of the earliest studies conducted on the benefits of houseplants was conducted by NASA in the late 1980s. Looking for a way to detox their air space stations, they eventually published a list of the best houseplants for air purification. NASA also found that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins within 24 hours.
Irritants in the air can lead to congestion, inflammation, coughing, and the production of excess mucus. Irritants can affect your breathing patterns and disrupt your sleep. Plants are also natural dehumidifiers. But plants aren’t only good at clearing the air. Plants can also have calming effects and have been shown to reduce physiological and psychological stress.
Of course, more than placing plants in your room will help ensure a good night’s sleep. From practicing good sleep hygiene, to choosing the right pillows and mattress for your body, preparing yourself and your space for rest can be a key contributor to energetic, happier days.
From vines to flowers, here is a list of the top five plants that will help you sleep better:
- Snake Plant
This plant made it on NASA’s top 10 list of most air-purifying plants. But the snake plant is also one of the few that converts carbon monoxide into oxygen at night. Most houseplants only do that during the day. This succulent is one of the easiest plants to care for and only needs to be watered once a month during winter
- Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms are known to purify airborne toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. But they can add a great splash of green to your room too. Bamboo palms thrive in bright light to support their leaves so they are best placed near windows.
- Peace Lily
A flowering variety that also made the NASA list, the peace lily is a potent toxin remover. Peace lilies need little maintenance and are resilient. Once catch with bringing them into your home: they are toxic when ingested. Be sure to keep out of reach from pets and children.
The scent of the lavender flower has long been considered a beneficial part of any bedtime routine. This study found that the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies and helped de-stress their mothers too. Another study suggests that the smell of lavender supports both deeper sleep and energy the following morning. When ingested or used topically, lavender has also been long used to address other ailments, such as infections and burns. There is increasing data surrounding its benefits to its potential anxiolytic, mood-stabilizing, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive properties too. Lavender blossoms have a soothing deep purple color and make a beautiful addition to any room.
- English Ivy
English Ivy, another NASA top 10 lister, is known for absorbing formaldehyde. Because formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC), prolonged exposure to it may cause cancer and in-utero developmental issues. The climbing plant is visually beautiful, can cover large wall spaces in time, and thrives in low light conditions and low-temperature environments.