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Which Houseplants Help You Sleep?
Tossing and turning? Waking up in the middle of the night? Or are you experiencing morning grogginess that even a strong cup of coffee can't chase away? Believe it or not, putting a few plants in your bedroom may be a great way to improve your quality of sleep.
Here are nine pretty indoor plants that will not only spruce up your bedroom but may help you sleep better at night.
9 Houseplants for Better Sleep
- Peace Lily
- French Lavender
- Aloe Vera
- English Ivy
- Gerbera Daisy
- Golden Pothos
1. Peace Lily
Not only does the peace lily look elegant, but it’s also rated by NASA as one of the most effective indoor plants at reducing air pollution. Since they’re so good at cleaning the air of mold spores and chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide, you’ll get sick less and spend more nights sleeping comfortably with a peace lily in your room.
The peace lily prefers indirect light, but it does produce more white flowers when exposed to more light. Be careful not to overwater the peace lily. Wait until the soil is completely dry before you water again.
2. French Lavender
This may be an obvious one because the scent of lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and in helping people with insomnia, anxiety, and other similar conditions. Some people even claim that smelling lavender helps with joint pain and headaches.
Since research shows that we receive these benefits just by inhaling the scent of lavender, it’s the perfect plant to grow in your bedroom.
Lavender likes direct sunlight so make sure you put it in a place that gets plenty of light. When the plant is grown, it’s quite low maintenance and doesn’t need much watering. The flowers like drier conditions so make sure not to overwater.
3. Aloe Vera
Most of us only know to use aloe vera to cure skin problems, but it is also a great plant to improve the air quality inside your home. Better air quality means better quality sleep and improved overall health.
Aloe vera is a very low maintenance plant and doesn’t like a lot of water, so it’ll do well even if you don't water it that much. Just make sure there’s enough room in the soil for excess water to drain properly.
4. English Ivy
English ivy has been proven to be effective in fighting mold spores floating around in the air. While some people are more sensitive to mold than others, mold can accumulate and cause a variety of symptoms like rashes, coughing, itching, and even chest pain. English ivy may even alleviate allergies by reducing airborne mold.
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When this plant is still developing, make sure to keep the soil moist. Once fully developed, it can survive in drier environments and don’t need much maintenance.
This plant is particularly effective for being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It’s also used as a sedative. A study has found that the carotenoids in gardenia improved the quality of sleep in people who suffered from sleep problems with no side effects.
Put the gardenia plant in a bright spot with indirect light, and keep the humidity levels high. If your flowers start to droop, give your gardenia a quick spray of water. Keep the soil moist without overwatering.
This flowering plant has been used to help people fall asleep for years. A study showed that chamomile tea helped ten out of twelve patients with cardiac disease fall asleep.
Chamomile grows best in cool environments and in the shade with dry soil. It’s a very low maintenance plant, so it won’t need much watering or fertilizing when mature.
Like lavender, the scent of jasmine helps to induce sleep. Studies have found that keeping a jasmine plant in the bedroom helps people fall asleep more easily. Jasmine has also been found to induce a better quality of sleep and woke up more energized than sleeping in a room with lavender.
Make sure your jasmine plant gets plenty of direct sunlight during spring and summer. But when winter comes, indirect sunlight will be fine as well. Keep the soil moist but never saturated.
8. Gerbera Daisy
Another plant recommended by NASA to clean your indoor air, these daisies are especially useful for helping you sleep because they release oxygen at night. When you get enough fresh oxygen during sleep, you’ll increase your chances of waking up more refreshed and energized the next morning. Just seeing these pretty flowers first thing in the morning will give you an added boost as well.
These flowers need direct sunlight and sandy soil. When they’re growing, water regularly until they bloom. Once blooming, water a little less to prevent the roots from rotting. It’s best to water in the morning, so the plant has time to dry out during the day.
9. Golden Pothos
Like aloe vera, the golden pothos is excellent at removing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air, improving the air quality and helping you sleep more soundly at night.
This is a relatively flexible plant that can grow in bright light and in slightly more shaded areas. Make sure to wait until the soil is completely dry before you water again. If you have pets or children, be extra careful if you decide to bring this plant into your home because the pothos can be poisonous if eaten.
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Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on December 03, 2019:
I cannot agree more. Indoor pollution is a serious issue that could disrupt sleep. These house plants can help in giving us fresh air.