Sleep… we’re told the body needs it; but for various reasons we can’t always be sure to get it.
Kids, illness, anxiety, pregnancy… the list goes on and on.
In 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study in an effort to find the best indoor plants for filtering harmful toxins in your home. As part of this study, NASA found numerous plants which assist sleep by improving the quality of the air in the bedroom.
These are known to be some of the best:
The Snake Plant //
Also known as Mother-In-Law’s tongue (because of it’s sharp, knife like edged leaves), the snake plant emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in the carbon dioxide we produce naturally while we’re asleep.
The Snake Plant also filters some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
The other reason the Snake Plant is a favourite is because you don’t need to be a green thumb as it’s hardy and very easy to care. Win, win!
Aloe Vera //
NASA listed the humble Aloe as one of it’s top air-improving plants for the same reasons as the Snake Plant… it emits oxygen and therefore helps achieve a more restful slumber.
Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, the aloe can be reproduced easily so you can have a plant in every room of your home in no time if you so feel the need.
Another plant which loves a little neglect, the Aloe doesn’t require a whole lot of love but it does need a lot of sunlight so it’s best right near your window.
An added advantage is of course, the use of the gel from it’s leaves as a topical treatment for minor cuts, sunburn, insect bites and dry skin.
It’s pretty much a must-have plant in every home!
English Ivy //
The English Ivy is a powerful air purifier and has been proven to improve the symptoms of allergies and asthma.
A 2005 study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported that the English Ivy removed 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mould in just 12 hours in the home!
It is relatively easy to grow; only requiring moderate exposure to sunlight and looks great in a hanging basket or placed on a bookcase or ledge where it’s leaves can trail down.
It is known to be toxic to kids and pets though so keep it elevated.
Peace Lily //
The Peace Lily is not only beautiful to look at, it is powerful enough to filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde toxins.
The striking flowers on the plant give off moisture which can boost a rooms humidity by up to 5%. This added moisture helps suppress airborne microbes which can lead to allergies and helps relieve dry throats and noses that keep you up at night.
A weekly splash of water and a shady position are the only requirements and we think that’s a pretty fair trade off for a better nights sleep!
Golden Pothos //
With its marbled, heart-shaped leaves, the Golden Pothos is another exceptional air purifying plant according to NASA.
Also known as Devils Ivy because it’s almost impossible to kill and will retain it’s green leaves even in a dark position.
It filters benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde but keep it high as it is toxic to pets and children.
Is there anything more synonymous with sleep than the smell of lavender?
Lavender has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom as it promotes a sense of relaxation.
The lavender plant likes warmth and sunlight, so it’s best on a sunny windowsill and only water sparingly.
NASA’s study recommends between 15 and 18 air-purifying plants in an 1800 square foot home, with a few of these in each bedroom.
So, go! Run to the plant section and add a little green in your bedroom.
A restful night sleep awaits you.
There is no money better spent than that!