7 plants that help you sleep better
Houses built now are airtight and contain many toxic chemicals from carpet, furniture, stains, and paints. Toxins can get stuck in your home especially during the winter. All plants filter the air and clean impurities. Plants take in carbon dioxide, water, minerals, and nutrients, and any moisture not used for the production of food is returned to the air as vapor that hydrates everything it touches. They absorb whatever is in the air, including carbon monoxide fumes, and their roots and leaves do the bulk of the work of removing impurities before releasing newly manufactured oxygen into the environment (1).
Adding houseplants to your home can add a lot more than decor. Research shows they not only clean toxins in the air, but did you know they can help you sleep better? By incorporating them into your bedroom decor, they could help you sleep more soundly and wake up refreshed.
- Jasmine Jasmine releases a relaxing, sweet scent that has been shown to lead to more restful sleep, decreased anxiety, and greater mental performance.
- Aloe Vera Aloe vera releases oxygen at night rather than during the day so can you enjoy more restful sleep with purer air. Bonus: Aloe is also known to help reduce levels of volatile organic compounds like benzene and formaldehyde.
- Lavender Lavender has a soothing scent and has been known to promote restful sleep. One study showed that infants exposed to lavender during their baths cried less and slept better.
- Gerbera Daisy Like the aloe, these beauties release oxygen at night as well as remove trichloroethylene from the air. You can rest easier knowing your air is cleaner!
- Spider Plant Able to remove unpleasant odors along with airborne toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene, spider plants (aka airplane plants) also help sustain O2 levels. And they have the added benefit of being very easy to care for.
- Valerian While people as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans have used valerian root to treat insomnia and to help calm and sedate, a 2006 study shows that simply inhaling this herb’s scent can hasten the onset of sleep and even enhance its quality.
- Gardenia Known for its sweet scent, gardenia contains an active compound that has been shown to not only improve sleep quality but also to enhance mood. #valentinesgifts #plantscleantheair #plantsgoodforhomes #plantscleancarbonmonoxide 1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18053656 2) https://homeguides.sfgate.com/housepla2) nts-carbon-monoxide-92555.html