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Houseplants are having a moment. The classic decor items have grown more popular thanks in part to social media and studies touting the benefits of adding some greenery to your life. From improving mood, focus, and air quality, your plant shelf can improve your overall health and can help you sleep.
The benefits of sprucing up your living space with houseplants go beyond a cute plant shelfie. Not only are indoor plants excellent decor, they promote relaxation, purify the air, and improve sleep. Most of us don’t realize that our households are rife with toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from paint, insulation, and even furniture. Plants can help clear out some of these airborne toxins by absorbing them through their leaves and filtering out cleaner air.
Want to add some air purifying plants to your home to both improve sleep and clean the air? If so, here are the 15 best houseplants to help you sleep better.
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This trendy houseplant is all over social media. The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Law Tongue/Viper’s Bowstring, is known for its striking appearance and air purifying qualities. Don’t let the scary sounding nicknames for this tropical plant turn you away from this air purifying powerhouse. This stylish plant is easy to care for and adds a distinct look to your room while providing health benefits.
Care Tip: Snake Plants are almost impossible to kill. To keep a Snake Plant happy, place it in bright indirect light and water sparingly. Place your Snake Plant in a terracotta pot to absorb excessive water.
Well known for its distinct and relaxing aroma, it’s a no brainer Lavender is one of the best plants for your bedroom to help you sleep. A Lavender plant will provide the same benefits and scent as the Lavender essential oil. Lavender will not only help you sleep, but the plant is proven to induce deep sleep.
Care Tip: To keep your Lavender plant healthy, place it in a warm, sunny window and water sparingly. You can also harvest and dry lavender to use in crafts and homemade items.
From soothing burns to hydrating your skin to helping you sleep, Aloe is a do-it-all must have addition to your plant shelf. Aloe helps you sleep by producing extra oxygen at night that will improve the air quality in your bedroom. This multi-use medicinal plant can also be used in smoothies for extra hydration, can help ease heartburn, and can lower blood sugar.
Care Tip: Aloe is a succulent plant and needs very little water and thrives in indirect sunlight.
The Golden Pothos is another classic houseplant that can help you drift off to sleep. Sometimes called Devil’s Ivy, this vining plant thrives in hanging baskets and can grow up to a staggering 40 feet. Available in several varieties and colors, the Golden Pothos is both a stylish and useful addition to your bedroom.
Care Tip: A Pothos plant is almost impossible to kill. Keep your Pathos in indirect light and water once weekly or when soil is dry.
This flowering plant produces gorgeous, fragrant white flowers. Jasmine gives off a sweet scent that is proven to promote relaxation, induce sleep, reduce stress, and can even ward off anxiety and depression with one astounding study finding Jasmine “as calming as Valium” in easing stress and anxiety.
Care Tip: To keep your Jasmine plant healthy, keep it in a sunny area with plenty of moisture. Some Jasmine plant flowers do not smell. To get the most out of your Jasmine plant, make sure to get a fragranced variety.
This soothing plant is another air purifier perfect for your bedroom. Along with purifying the air, the Peace Lily plant can increase humidity by up to 5%, according to NASA. Low humidity in your home can cause dry skin, respiratory problems, contribute to the spread of germs, and decreases sleep quality and exasperates respiratory issues.
Care Tip: Peace Lilies can grow in any environment but won’t look their best unless placed in bright indirect light. Keep soil consistently moist. Avoid overwatering and do not keep your Peace Lily in standing water.
This classic palm tree adds a tropical aesthetic to any room. The Areca Palm is one of the best plants for removing carbon dioxide from the air as well as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene. Sometimes called a Bamboo Palm, this easy to grow plant will provide you with air purification and lush, tropical decor for years to come.
Care Tip: The Areca Palm prefers filtered sunlight and soil with a lot of drainage. Water with unchlorinated water for optimal growth.
This hanging basket classic gets an A+ in air purification and style. The Spider Plant is easy to grow and propagate with some plants living upwards of 50 years or more! This a low-maintenance, hardy houseplant that you don’t need a green thumb to keep alive. According to NASA, Spider Plants can remove up to 95% of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene in the air.
Care Tip: Keep your Spider Plant in a terracotta pot to absorb excess moisture; over-watering is a sure way to kill this plant of steel. Place in indirect light-leaves will burn in bright light.
Rubber Plants are another hardy houseplant that is almost impossible to kill. A member of the ficus family, this Instagrammable greenery removes toxins from the air. From maroon, green, pink, yellow, and even a black-ish hue, there’s a Rubber Plant to match every decor and mood.
Care Tip: Rubber Plants thrive in bright indirect light, ideally in front of a sheer curtain. Water more in the summer during the growing season and once to twice a month in winter. These plants will grow nonstop if placed in a large pot, but to keep your Rubber Plant at a more manageable size, place it in a smaller pot.
This plant is usually considered an outdoor nuisance, however English Ivy makes an excellent addition to your indoor plant decor. Pot your English Ivy in a hanging basket, trellis, or on a high shelf for an extra pop of greenery and toxin remover.
Ferns are one of the oldest plants on Earth. First appearing around 300 million years ago, Ferns have evolved little. This ancient plant has air purifying qualities and removes toxins from the air. A Boston Fern will add a touch of classic elegance to your decor and look great in any pot.
Care Tip: Water frequently and keep the roots moist at all times. In dry climates or rooms, get a spray bottle and mist the leaves regularly. Boston Ferns are toxic to pets, so it’s best to keep them elevated.
This striking-looking “spiky” plant is both a conversation starter and toxin-eliminator. Different species all help purify the air and make a cool addition to any room. For maximum air purification, add the red-edged Dracaena to your bedroom for better air quality.
Care Tip: Most Dracaena can withstand partial shade but need enough light to stay healthy. Water regularly in the summer months and do not let soil dry out. Dracaena prefer temperatures over 65F degrees, so make sure to keep this plant in a warmer room.
One of the most popular and easiest to care for houseplants, the Chinese Evergreen is a proven oxygen multiplier. This tropical foliage is one of the best air purifying plants you can buy. Known to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, this popular plant is also a token of good luck. This plant is popular in offices due to its ability to survive even in fluorescent light.
Care Tip: Chinese Evergreens can grow just about anywhere, including bright or low light. Water every few weeks and fertilize in Spring.
One of the most popular and striking houseplants, the Monstera is a super trendy houseplant that provides stunning decor with NASA approved air purifying abilities. Monsteras produce large leaves that are ideal for removing toxins in your bedroom. These plants can grow to massive heights–leaves on a Monstera can grow as large as 2 feet wide.
Care Tip: Monstera plants are easy to care for as long as you provide weekly watering, average humidity, and repot regularly to accommodate new growth.
The distinctly fragranced flower is primarily grown outdoors. Recent research has shown that the white flowering plant is beneficial for sleep. One study found that crocetin, a naturally occurring substance found in Gardenia, can help improve sleep.
Care Tip: Growing a Gardenia as a houseplant requires a little more gardening skills than other air purifying plants. Gardenias require direct sunlight, high humidity, and regular watering. Keep Gardenias away from drafts and colder temperatures.
Not only are plants a stylish way to decorate your home, they have added benefits like increasing oxygen levels and removing toxins from the air that help improve sleep quality. Looking for even more sleep tips and mattress recommendations? Visit SleePare’s blog and website to learn more!