Did you know that one of the simplest and safest ways to ensure a better quality of sleep is filing the home with plants? Not only do they add a nice touch of greenery to you room, but also provide purifying and relaxing benefits.
With anxiety and stress causing most of insomnia-related issues, filling your home with various plants that have a calming effect is a good idea.
IMPROVE SLEEP AND AIR QUALITY WITH THESE 12 NASA-APPROVED PLANTS
This plant has a soothing effect on both the body and the mind. It has been scientifically shown that it reduces anxiety, which in turn promotes better sleep. Therefore, you will enjoy increased productivity and alertness during the day.
Lavender and its scent are the most popular when it comes to relieving anxiety and inducing sleep. This isn’t an old wife`s tale, as lavender`s sleep-promoting properties are backed up by science. In one study, the scent of lavender reduced crying in babies, while reducing stress in both the child and the mother.
3. Snake Plant
The best part about this plant is that it emits oxygen while taking in carbon dioxide, something that people produce when breathing. Needless to say, this leads to purer air and better sleep.
In addition, Snake Plant removes household toxins from the air, including benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is on the top of NASA`s air-improving plants, and it works similarly to the Snake Plant, meaning that it emits oxygen during the night.
As an added bonus, the gel from the leaves of Aloe Vera plant can be used as topical treatment for dry skin, insect bites, minor cuts and burns, and many more.
It has been scientifically shown that keeping gardenia in your room helps promote a better quality of sleep. In fact, there are claims that it is more effective than Valium when it comes to promoting sleep and relieving anxiety.
Indoor gardenias should be kept in a bright room, but not exposed to direct sunlight.
6. Spider Plant
A NASA test showed Spider Plant to remove up to 90 percent of the cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. As this chemical is found in various household products like fillers and grout, keeping Spider Plant around is a good idea.
Its use goes back to 16th century when its root has been used as a tea or tincture. Recent research shows that inhaling this scent does help promote sleep! Besides keeping Valerian Root on the bedroom window, adding a couple of petals to your bath is also a good idea.
8. English Ivy
Multiple studies have suggested that it improves allergy and asthma symptoms, which sufferers known can seriously affect their sleep.
In a 2005 experiment published by The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, English ivy removed 94 percent of airborne feces and 78 percent of airborne mold in just 12 hours!
9. Peace Lily
Peace Lily is capable of removing detrimental trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It gives off moisture which increases room`s humidity by up to 5 percent, suppressing airborne microbes and relieving dry noses and throats. Amazing, isn’t it?
10. Bamboo Palm
The Bamboo plant adds a warm, pure, and tropical feel to your room! It is very easy to grow- keep the soil moist and the plant placed in indirect sunlight.
11. Gerber Daisies
With white, yellow, orange and pink flowers, they are a great addition to any room! Not only they look good, but also release oxygen at night and promote easier breathing. This is great for people who suffer from allergies or apnea.
12. Golden Pothos
People who are pressed for time due to their busy schedule will welcome this plant as it doesn’t only promote better sleep, but it requires little to no attention. It only needs a few hours of morning sun and a little water once weekly.