Having house plants has more benefits than we think it does. They don’t just help spruce up our interiors with their beautiful presence, but are also excellent for our health.
In fact, according to a study conducted by NASA, there are some plants that are known to purify the air in our homes and help prevent colds and allergies arising out of breathing impure air. Let’s have a look at 9 such plants that can help us sleep better at night.
Lavender is a great plant to have in your bedroom, not just for its intoxicating fragrance. Research has it that it has properties that induce sleep and reduce anxiety levels, by bringing down the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
2. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
This is a hardy plant that needs very little maintenance. It purifies the air in our home at night as it emits oxygen and takes in the carbon dioxide that we produce and is a great solution for insomnia.
3. Aloe Vera
NASA has certified this plant as one of the best plants to have indoors as it naturally improves the quality of the air around it. It also emits oxygen at night, thereby helping us sleep much better. It also happens to be a low maintenance plant and doesn’t require frequent watering. Well then, what are you waiting for?
4. Gerbera Daisies
Being a beautiful plant with bright flowers, this plant doesn’t just beautify your home, it cleans up the air in your bedroom and makes it easier for you to fall asleep at night.
This beautiful plant, with its pristine ivory flowers has a soothing effect on the body and mind and helps improve sleep quality by reducing anxiety and stress.
6. Peace Lilies
This versatile plant helps in cleaning the air around it and also helps humidify it and happens to be an excellent choice if you suffer from dry throats or sinus trouble.
7. English Ivy
This plant is especially good for you if you suffer from allergies, and will help keep your sneezing under control as it helps clear up the air around it, of airborne feces and mold, in just 12 hours.
Gardenias happen to be a popular choice for bedrooms owing to their evergreen leaves and fragrant blossoms. There’s yet another reason for you to keep this plant close to you while sleeping. They have been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety (being as effective as valium!) and promote healthy sleep, especially if you suffer from insomnia. The only drawback (if you want to call it that) is that they are a bit tricky to maintain and need careful attention to keep them healthy and happy. They need to be kept in a bright room, but away from direct sunlight. But if you happen to have a green thumb, go right ahead and get this beauty home!
9. Areca Palm
This plant doesn’t just look good at home, but also happens to be great for the air at home. It is known to release moisture into the air which makes breathing easier when you’re sleeping. What’s more, it also purifies the air around it, giving you one more reason to go and get yours ASAP!