Are you unable to sleep well? Changing the quality of air in your bedroom can help. These five plants will help create a refreshing environment and get you peaceful sleep every night:
1. Aloe Vera
An indoor plant that requires less maintenance, aloe vera emits oxygen at night, help you combat insomnia, and improve the overall sleep quality. It has been listed by NASA as one of the best indoor plants to improve air quality. It reproduces easily, doesn’t need much direct sunlight, and does not need much watering.(1)
2. Lavender Plant
It is a plant well-known to induce sleep and reduce anxiety.(2) The lavender smell slows down your heart rate and reduces anxiety levels. Studies have also revealed that the smell increases light sleep and decreases rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time required to wake after falling sleep. It has also shown to reduce crying in babies.(3)
3. Jasmine Plant
The smell of jasmine has been been shown to improve the quality of sleep and increase alertness and productivity. This plant may also help to reduce anxiety. Its smell has a soothing effect on your body and mind. Studies have shown that it reduces anxiety levels, leading to a great quality of sleep.(4)
4. English Ivy Plant
This one is another favorite of NASA. English ivy is easy to grow and is a good air purifier. It may be beneficial for those who have breathing problems and asthma. Studies show that English ivy can reduce air molds to 94% in 12 hours. You can hang it from a pot inside your house or place it on a ledge where the leaves can trail down.(5)
5. Snake Plant
A popular indoor plant choice for many, snake plants are very easy to keep alive and great for interior decorating. They improve the quality of air and overall atmosphere at home. They are easy to grow and care and one of the most recommended plants of all. A snake plant emits oxygen in the night while you’re asleep, taking carbon dioxide from the air inside your house. It also filters nasty household toxins from the air.(6)
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