Let’s give it up to indoor plants: they purify the air, look nice and even sometimes emanate a dazzling fragrance that’ll almost make you forget you haven’t tidied up in weeks. But the best part of all is that some plants can actually improve your sleep, which is more important than ever right now. Whether it’s through aromatherapy or air purification, certain plants can definitely help make it easier to score some of those elusive zs.
So if you want to kill two birds with one stone and find and excuse to spruce up your bedroom and get a better sleep, then this one’s for you.
Not only can Gerberas really brighten up a space with their vivid colours, but the NASA Clean Air Study concluded that they’re one of the best plants to help purify that stuffy indoor air and help you get some shut-eye. Fair warning though, they’re not the easiest plant to take care of, so maybe get some tips from your local nursery on the best way of keeping these babies alive.
Snake plants (AKA Mother-In-Law’s Tongue) have consistently made the list of the best indoor air purifiers and for a good reason: while other plants slack off at night, the Snake Plant converts CO2 into oxygen well into the night, even after you and your other plants have gone to sleep.
Lavender is commonly used for therapeutic purposes and often features in lots of soothing concoctions, but the actual lavender plant is a great air purifier. Plus that light, lavender smell is sure to put even the most stubborn insomniacs to sleep.
Not only is the Golden Pothos (AKA Devil’s Ivy) really easy to care for—it requires minimal light and watering, so hell yeah—but it’s also one of the plants with the highest CO2 to oxygen conversion rate. In short, it’s super effective at improving air quality, which in turn will help improve your sleep.
While the Spider Plant is not that effective at converting CO2 into oxygen, it’s a really good air purifier, meaning that it’s one of the most effective plants at removing pollutants from the air. So if you live in urban areas where you kinda feel the exhaust fumes coating the back of your throat, the Spider Plant can potentially help with that, which might help improve your sleep.
Not just good for sunburn and general moisturisation, the Aloe Vera plant is one of those non-lazy plants which releases oxygen at night. So grab a few pots and scatter them throughout your room and feel the flow of that sweet, sweet oxygen. Good night.
If you suffer from allergies or breathing difficulties, the Bamboo Palm might just be the ticket. Not only is it one of the best air purifiers out there, but it also looks pretty bomb in a cute planter, so it’s pretty much a win-win.
Peace lilies are thick, leafy and a definite improvement to any space. They’re great air purifiers, don’t require any sun and are even known to release a bit of humidity, which can help with sleep if your bedroom tends to be on the drier side.
Um, not only are bananas great for you, but turns out actual banana plants rock just as much; they clean up the air to help you sleep better and look pretty damn good. Word of warning though: these babies are pretty fussy, so only pick one up if you’re willing to do the work.
Like the lavender plant, jasmine is one of those plants that has anti-anxiety properties and makes for a great air purifier. Its light, soothing scent can help you relax while photosynthesis handles the rest. Plus, it looks really cute, so what’s not to love?
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