Difficulty sleeping leads to lower productivity, lack of energy and poor health. Stress and anxiety cause most sleep-related issues. Many studies show that being surrounded by nature helps lower cortisol level and blood pressure. It also boosts immune function and triggers relaxation (1). In addition, plants purify air by absorbing odours and molds that can impact breathing and lung health.
Read bellow to find out which plants work best for you!
If you have pets or children, make sure the plants you have at home are non-toxic. Toxic plants should be given away or kept in unreachable places.
Wipe off dust from the leaves of your plants every week. This will ensure that they can properly filter air.
NASA recommends between 15-18 air purifying plants for a 1800 square feet home. Make sure to place a few in each bedroom (2).
Jasmine is a bushy and trailing plant with delicate white or pink flowers. Jasmine is known to lower anxiety, which helps lull you to deeper, more restful sleep (3).
Keeping a jasmine plant in your bedroom at night will contribute to increased alertness and productivity during the day. Plus, it has a delicate and refreshing scent!
Lavender has one of the most well-known sleep-inducing aromas. It’s known to slow down heart rate and lower blood pressure and stress levels (4).
One study found that it reduced crying in babies and helped them sleep. This greatly lowered stress for mother and child (5).
In women, lavender facilitates light sleep and decreases rapid-eye movement during sleep. It also reduces the time it takes to fall asleep (6).