10 Houseplants That Can Actually Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep
Raise your hand if you actually got a full eight hours of blissful, undisturbed sleep last night. We thought so. But before you reach for the melatonin, maybe you should consider upping your home flora game. That’s right, certain houseplants can actually help you sleep better by improving air quality, raising the oxygen in the room and even emitting moisture to combat sinus issues for easier breathing while you snooze. Here are ten to look for next time you’re at the nursery.
No air filter? No problem. This flowering tropical plant is the natural version. Oh, and it thrives in low light, so keep those curtains drawn if you feel like it.
City dwellers, take note: This plant’s satiny leaves reach wide, but the plant itself only grows to a max of eight inches tall—perfect for tiny apartments. They’re particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde, so your bedroom air quality will be top-notch.
If you’re not the green-thumb type, look no further. This plant’s wax-like leaves are super low-maintenance, but they still purify the air for optimal sleep quality.
Lavender-scented beauty products are known to be calming and soothing, so why not keep the real deal next to your bed? Place it on the windowsill, as it needs lots of sunlight during the day, and then reap the aromatherapeutic benefits when it’s time for some shut-eye.
Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this plant’s tall leaves not only filter formaldehyde but also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night (most plants only do so during the day). And it thrives in low light, making it another winner for dimly lit rooms.
Aloe is like the OG succulent. It’s easy to care for, looks pretty and adds some much needed greenery to the bedroom. In addition to purifying the air, it also releases oxygen so you can breathe easier while you snooze.
While spiders are generally creepy, these plants are anything but. They were ranked number one at removing formaldehyde from the air by a NASA study, they have pollutant-fighting abilities and they can even absorb odors. Febreze, who?
Who doesn’t want to sleep surrounded by palm trees? You don’t even have to live in the tropics to do so. These baby palms actually release moisture, so if you suffer from allergies or sinus trouble, having one in your bedroom should make it easier to breathe while you sleep.
This flowering plant also ranked high in NASA’s study due to its ability to remove toxins from the environment. It releases small amounts of moisture and negates airborne microbes so allergies are less of an issue while you sleep. Just be sure to keep it away from kids and pets, as it can be toxic if ingested.
Just like lavender, gardenias give off a light scent that has been found to promote sleep and reduce anxiety. Although they can be a bit trickier to care for (they need a perfect balance of light and humidity), the payoff of restful sleep is worth it.