Many factors can go into getting a good night’s sleep, including the kind of air you are breathing! Allergens and poor air quality are more common in the Winter as we spend less time outdoors, and windows are generally kept close. This can absolutely hinder your sleep quality and prevent you from getting the sleep your body needs and craves.
There are lots of steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home like air purifiers and filters, but there are some very simple ones too! Just adding some houseplants to your bedroom brings the outdoors in, and can work wonders for your sleep schedule. So what are the best houseplants to help you sleep better? Check out our list below!
Jasmine is known for emitting scents that help promote sleep, as well as keeping you alert during the day. One study even shows that Jasmine helps to lessen anxiety which can lead to a more restful sleep at night.
One of the most popular plants known to help induce better sleep is Lavender, and studies back up that claim! The scent of Lavender can slow heart rate, lower blood pressure and lessen stress. There are many products on the market that offer the scent of Lavender, but why not get the real thing and place a lavender plant on your nightstand?! It’s beautiful to boot!
Did you know that aloe is on NASA’s list for top air-improving plants? It naturally emits oxygen at night, helping to promote a better night’s sleep! Aloe is very easy to grow and maintain, and having it in the house is great to treat small cuts and burns as well. Put it near your bedroom window since it needs lots of sunlight!
Another top plant on NASA’s list for purifying the air, English Ivy is easy to grow, and needs only moderate exposure to the sun. Studies have shown that this plant can reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours! When we can breathe better, we sleep better!
Known for it’s long leaves, the spider plant actually cleanses the air by removing up to 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around! It also absorbs odors and sustain oxygen levels which helps to promote a better night’s rest!
Here’s to a good night’s sleep!
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