There are a variety of plants that not only bring life to your living spaces, but also have amazing relaxing and air-purifying benefits, which in turn can promote a good night’s rest. We’ve compiled a list of plants that help you sleep better, based on their calming and cleansing effects.
Snake plant (mother-in-law’s tongue)
One of the most commonly recommended plants for improving indoor air quality, the snake plant is hardy and easy to care for. It emits oxygen at night, simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide, which we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to purer air and a better night’s sleep. This plant also filters some nasty common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
Not just pleasing to the eye, the peace lily is a superstar plant that helps to filter out harmful benzene (found in glues, furniture wax and detergents), trichloroethylene (found in paint removers and adhesives) and formaldehyde (found in manufactured wood products) toxins. The moisture given off by the striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to five percent – this suppresses airborne microbes which can lead to allergies, and also helps relieve an irritating dry nose and throat. A nice shady position (out of reach of pets and children) and weekly watering is all the peace lily needs.
Also known as a reed palm, this small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms. Not only will you be able to enjoy your home’s pure, fresh air during the day, but a fantastic night’s sleep is on the cards too. Given its exotic origins, the bamboo palm will bring a tropical, warm feel to your bedroom. It’s fairly easy to care for: just keep the soil moist and place in indirect sunlight.
These cheerful flowers can’t help but put you in a good mood. In pink, orange, yellow and white, they’re a welcome addition to any room – they also release oxygen at night, which helps you breathe easy while you snooze. If you suffer from apnea or allergies, these daisies are definitely recommended. A word of warning to the novice gardener: as they are prone to fungal diseases, these daisies need extra-special attention, particularly when it comes to watering and light.
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