While there are a plethora of useful tips on how to get a good night’s rest, science is beginning to uncover a more natural approach to getting some sleep. The answer lies in plants.
In addition to providing humidity, decontaminating the air, and boosting your mood and productivity, certain plants can also help you sleep better. Here are 10 miracle plants you can grow in your room to help you get more restful sleep.
1. Peace Lily
This is the ultimate plant to bring into the bedroom if your thumb happens to be more brown than green. According to a study undertaken by NASA, the Peace Lily not only neutralizes various gas concentrations, but it also pulls certain toxins and allergens from the air.
About as low maintenance as you can get in the plant world, the Peace Lily doesn’t require much light or even water to stay happy and healthy. Just know that they are toxic to both pets and people when ingested, so don’t keep it where curious paws and hands might reach it.
2. Chinese Evergreen
If you tend to experience itchy eyes, headaches, or dizziness very frequently in the mornings, you might want to invest in a Chinese Evergreen plant. These are known to trap and filter certain airborne toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene. Not to mention its broad, waxy, gorgeously variegated leaves are stunning to look at!
Good for more than just culinary uses, sage has actually been used by many cultures for thousands of years to purify the air of bad “spirits”. As it turns out, you don’t have to choke yourself out with the smoke in order to get a similar effect.
Research indicates that this “plant of immortality” helps you sleep better via your olfactory senses. It possesses certain compounds that, when inhaled, encourage your body and mind to relax, allowing you to slumber in peace and ward off insomnia.
4. English Ivy
According to the NASA study, English Ivy “is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. Additionally, other studies have indicated that English Ivy also helps reduce mold in your home.” A multi-functional plant like that deserves a spot in every windowsill!
5. Weeping Fig Tree
More commonly known as the Ficus, the beautiful Weeping Fig tree found itself among the A-lister plants that promote sleep through better air quality. These plants are insanely easy to grow, which is why you can find them peppered throughout the floors of nearly every corporate building. It will trap airborne toxins before they ever have a chance to settle on your floor and furniture and will help you sleep soundly through the night.
6. French Lavender
Lavender has long been touted for its calming effect on the mind and body and makes a perfect addition to your room. Not only will it add a pop of color, but the strong, heavenly scent will have you slipping off into sleep before you realize it.
7. Flamingo Lily
And if you want some more color, consider adding in one of these beauties. The Flamingo Lily’s offer up more than just their stunning looks, though.
“A breathtaking flowering plant that requires minimal light, moist soil, moderate temperature (60-72 F) and a weak fertilizer monthly. FILTERS: Formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia,” says Doctor Scott Health.
8. Snake Plant
Also known as Mother In-Law’s Tongue, the snake plant is a NASA favorite for cleaning out the air. It filters some of the worst airborne toxins that concentrate in the home, including nitrogen oxide, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene. It also makes for a great starter plant if you’re new to growing as it can withstand shade for long amounts of time, though it prefers bright light.
9. Florist’s Chrysanthemum
These brilliant and vivid flowers are also commonly known as “mums” and they are invaluable in terms of indoor air quality. They are particularly efficient at pulling benzene from the air, a chemical commonly off-gassed into the air from paint, plastic, glue, and detergents.
10. Barberton Daisy
Finally, if you’re looking to add the perfect pop of floral color to your bedroom the Barberton Daisy is a top choice. It pulls all kinds of allergens from the air, helping you to slumber like a baby and wake up to a bright blast of color to start your day.
All of these plants are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. The best part is that they will help you reach your full potential by making sure you’re well-rested and ready for each new day.