We all have experienced a sleepless night full of tossing and turning, haven’t we?
After a long day of working, you go to sleep thinking how you will immediately fall asleep just when you close your eyes, but it seems that something goes wrong, and you end up spending the entire night turning in your bed. Then, finally, you managed to nod off, and after a few minutes the sound of your alarm clock woke you up.
Besides being annoying, these sleepless nights can have a huge impact on your energy, mood, productivity, and health.
Stress and anxiety are considered the main causes of insomnia issues. So, instead of taking those pills before going to bed, the best way to ensure a better sleep quality is to fill your home with beautiful plants and flowers. Not only that they look great and will make your home a more beautiful place, but also they possess powerful relaxing and purifying properties, thus promoting a proper night’s sleep.
Poor air quality, molds, and odours can impact our breathing, thus making our proper night’s sleep almost impossible. Fortunately, there are many plants that have the ability to purify the air while you sleep.
In fact, NASA conducted a whole study on it, and today we will present 12 amazing plants that possess calming and cleansing effects and will improve your sleep.
With its powerful gentle and soothing effect, this exotic plant will calm your body and your mind. It is scientifically proven that it can reduce anxiety levels, thus improving your quality of sleep and increasing your productivity during the day.
When it comes to improving sleep and reducing anxiety levels, lavender is the most well-known plant. According to a number of studies, this plant can slow down heart rate, and lower levels of stress as well as blood pressure. In one research, it was proven that the smell of lavender has the ability to reduce crying in babies, and improve their sleep while at the same time reducing stress in both mother and child. It was shown that lavender increases light sleep in women and reduces rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. So, the best and most affordable option to get a proper night’s rest is to place a lavender plant on your nightstand.
Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
Snake Plant is considered the best plant for improving indoor air quality. This plant has the ability to emit oxygen at night while simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide. This purifies the air and leads to a better sleep. It can also filter some household toxins from the air.
Aloe Vera is the most popular air-improving plan. It works much like the Snake Plant, emitting oxygen at night and improving your night’s sleep. Moreover, this plant does not require frequent watering which makes it one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain. Aloe Vera reproduces easily, which means that if you buy one you will soon have an Aloe Vera plant for the entire house. This plant should be exposed to direct sunlight, so make sure to keep it on your bedroom window
Many studies showed that keeping Gardenia in your room can significantly improve your sleep quality, providing results similar to Valium when it comes to promoting sleep and relieving anxiety. However, in order to keep its delicate flowers and luscious leaves, this plant requires great attention. It is recommended to keep gardenias in a bright room, but make sure they are not placed in direct sunlight.
According to NASA tests, Spider Plant can remove 90% of the cancer-causing chemicals found in the air. Besides having the ability to cleanse the air, this plant can absorb fumes and odors and sustain oxygen levels in the room, thus promoting better sleep.
With its pink or white flowers, the Valerian is a flowering plant that you need to have in your home. Back in the 16th century, the blossoms were used as a perfume while its root has been used as a tea or tincture, prescribed in the case of insomnia. Many studies showed that inhaling its scent will make you fall asleep faster, and will improve your quality of sleep. This plant requires full sun for 6 hours a day, so make sure to place it on your bedroom window.
English Ivy is another plant that belongs to the group of NASA’s top plants. It is very easy and simple to grow and needs moderate exposure to sunlight. According to many studies, this leaf can improve symptoms of asthma and allergies which can have a serious impact on both the quantity and quality of sleep. A 2005 study showed that English Ivy can remove 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours. You can place it in an indoor hanging basket, or on a ledge where its leaves can trail down.
Note: It is toxic to pets and kids, so make sure to keep it out of reach!
The Peace Lily is another plant on the list of NASA’s superstar plants. It can eliminate the harmful toxins from your air. The flowers give moisture that can boost the humidity of a room by up to 5%. In this way, the airborne microbes responsible for the allergies are suppressed. Moreover, Peace Lily can relieve dry nose and throat which can be the reason for not getting proper sleep.
Bamboo Palm, often referred to as Reed Palm, is an incredible air purifier. It will purify your air and will provide a fantastic night’s sleep as well. This plant will bring a warm, tropical feel to your bedroom. Finally, you will be able to say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins. Moreover, this plant is easy to take care of. Just, make sure to keep the soil moist (but not wet) and place the plant in indirect sunlight.
With its cheerful and bright flowers, Gerber Daisies will undoubtedly improve your mood. They release oxygen at night, thus helping you breathe easy. These daisies are especially recommended for people who suffer from allergies or apnea.
Note: Gerber daisies are prone to fungal diseases, so you will need to pay great attention to them, especially in relation to light levels and watering.
According to NASA, the Golden Pothos is another plant that possesses powerful purifying properties. Not only that will improve your night’s sleep, but also you will not need to worry about nurturing it. It requires a few hours of morning sun and a little water once a week.
When adding plants to your home:
- Some plants can be toxic to children and animals, so make sure to check them before placing them in your home.
- You should wipe the leaves every week so the plants can effectively do their job.
- To obtain the best results, you need to combine those that purify the air and those that have the ability to induce sleep through their scent.
- According to NASA, in an 1800 square foot home, there should be 15-18 purifying plants.