If you have spent numerous nights sleepless, you already know their effects on your mood, energy, productivity, and health. The
lack of sleep can most often be a result of anxiety, stress, and poor
air quality from pollution, odors, and molds which impact our breathing.
“The indoor pollutants that affect
health are formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds (benzene and
trichloroethylene or TCE), airborne biological pollutants, carbon
monoxide, and nitrogen oxides, pesticides and disinfectants (phenols),
and radon. These pollutants contribute to ‘sick building syndrome’,
which causes symptoms ranging from allergies, headaches, and fatigue
through to nervous-system disorders, cancer, and death.”
One of the best natural ways to improve
the quality of your sleep is to fill the home with flowers and plants,
as they have powerful relaxing and purifying benefits.
According to Time:
“Plants are indispensable to human
life. Through photosynthesis, they convert the carbon dioxide we exhale
into fresh oxygen, and they can also remove toxins from the air we
One famous NASA experiment, published
in 1989, found that indoor plants can scrub the air of cancer-causing
volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene. (Those NASA
researchers were looking for ways to effectively detoxify the air of
space station environments.) Later research has found that soil
microorganisms in potted plants also play a part in cleaning indoor air.
Based on this research, some
scientists say house plants are effective natural air purifiers. And the
bigger and leafier the plant, the better. “The amount of leaf surface
area influences the rate of air purification,” says Bill Wolverton, a
former NASA research scientist who conducted that 1989 plant study.”
Therefore, even NASA proved it-
and the following list contains the most potent plants in improving your
sleeping pattern by lowering stress and purifying the air:
1. Aloe Vera
The beneficial aloe Vera has been known
as the “plant of immortality” in ancient Egypt, due to the myriad of
medicinal properties. It emits oxygen during the night, purifies the
air, and improves sleep.
2. English Ivy
The English ivy is simple to grow, but make sure you keep it out of reach of your children and pets, as it is toxic. It
improves the symptoms of allergies and asthma, boosts sleep quality,
and eliminates 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12
3. Golden Pothos
This beneficial plant has marbled,
heart-shaped leaves, and is an exceptional air purifying plant. It is an
excellent hanging plant as well, as you will be able to curb its
invasive nature and keep its mildly toxic leaves out of the reach of
pets and children.
Gardenias have glossy evergreen leaves and beautifully scented blossoms, that promote sleep and relieve anxiety.
The soothing aroma of its pink and ivory
blossoms reduces anxiety levels, improves sleep, and boosts your
alertness and productivity during the day.
Lavender is a popular stress-relieving
plant that induces sleep, slows down the heart rate, reduces stress, and
lowers blood pressure. It has been found to soothe crying babies,
reducing stress in both mothers and children. Lavender increases light
sleep and decreases rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep.
7. Bamboo Palm
This small plant purifies the air and
helps you get rid of airborne smells and toxins. The fresh air in the
room will help you fall in a deep sleep.
8. Gerber Daisies
These bright pink, orange, yellow and
white flowers emit oxygen at night, soothe the symptoms of allergies and
apnea, and improve your mood.
9. Spider Plant
Most powerful air cleaners of these all,
as it can eliminate 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical
formaldehyde from the air. It absorbs fumes and odors, and sustains
oxygen levels in the room while enhancing sleep quality.
10. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
The snake plant is one of the most
beneficial plants you can keep at home, as it releases oxygen at night
time whilst simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide, and thus cleanses
the air and improves sleep.
This perennial flowering plant with
scented pink or white flowers has been used since ancient times, and the
Roman physician and philosopher Galen prescribed it for insomnia. You
will easily fall asleep by simply inhaling its scent.
12. Peace Lily
It filters the air and eliminates harmful
benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. It boosts the
humidity and suppresses airborne microbes which cause allergies and
soothe irritating dry noses and throats.
Things to have in mind:
- Wipe the leaves of the plant weekly in order to be able to filter the air
- NASA recommends 15-18 air-purifying plants in an 1800 square foot home, and a few of them in each bedroom
- Always check if the plans you choose are toxic, in order to protect your family