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).
3. Snake Plant
Snake plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of.
It can be watered as little as every 2-3 weeks.
Like most plants, it thrives off carbon dioxide at night and turns it into oxygen.
Studies show that increased oxygen levels lead to better sleep (7).
Snake plant also clean airborne toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene (1).
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a great plant for people who don’t have a green thumb. It tolerates neglect and missed waterings.
The plant reproduces easily, meaning that one plant will spawn enough babies to fill your home.
Slicing aloe vera lengthwise releases gel that can be used to relieve minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and sunburns.
Gardenia blooms fill your home with a lovely fragrance.
It’s an effective plant for treating insomnia and poor sleep (8). A recent study found it to be as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep (9).
Gardenias need lots of bright indirect sunlight and proper care. It might not be the best option for a first-time plant carer.