These houseplants may help you catch some Zs.
The research is in. For a better snooze, surround yourself with indoor plants. While many plants have beneficial properties and can contribute to increased relaxation, some even have the ability to purify the air of toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. Add them to your bedroom, and they will take in carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and contribute to better air quality in your home. Many indoor plants are also mood boosters and can help fight stress—a key ingredient to a good night’s sleep. Want to incorporate indoor plants in your bedroom? Start with a pot or two of our picks below—they come with a bevy of benefits and have the ability to strengthen the quality of your sleep.
If stress reduction is your goal, tend lavender (Lamiaceae sp.). This plant is known for promoting relaxation, lowering stress levels, and aiding in the slow drift toward sleep. The scent of lavender alone is lovely, but coupling that with the plant’s beneficial qualities makes it a perfect choice for your nightstand.
English ivy (Hedera helix) is an easy-care plant that is able to take in airborne chemicals and scrub the air of toxins that may be harmful to humans, making it a favorite indoor plant for bedrooms everywhere. In their Clean Air Study, NASA found that English ivy is one of the best choices for fighting airborne pollutants and improving the quality of indoor air.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.) is an ideal choice for an indoor plant, as it removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air. However, it also can release moisture and increase a room’s humidity, making your humming humidifier obsolete—no more waking up in the middle of the night feeling dry and dehydrated.
Another scrubber of formaldehyde, spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) cleans the air of chemicals often found in common household products. As a bonus, it also has the ability to fight lingering indoor odors.
And now, a parade of bedrooms filled with houseplants to inspire you.
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What indoor plants do you keep in your home? Have you added any of these plants to your nightstand because of their beneficial air quality and sleep factors?