A bedroom is a place to unwind at the end of a long day, a place to rest and rejuvenate. Did you know that your houseplants can have an effect on how well you can sleep, how clean the air you breathe is, and how relaxed you feel? Choosing plants for your bedroom can determine all of this and more, says scientific studies. Here are just a few plants sure to help you sleep better, and add beauty and texture to your room décor at the same time.
According to a NASA Clean Air study, a peace lily plant is not only beautiful but it can clean the air in the room, improving it by 60 percent. As a matter of fact, peace lilies are known to remove toxic chemicals from the air, specifically benzene (found in gasoline and tobacco smoke) and trichloroethylene (found in paint and glue). It also removes mold spores from the air, absorbing it into the soil and neutralizing it.
The light but heady scent of gardenia is not only pleasant, but it can also be used as an effective sleep aid. In fact, some studies have shown that this pleasant fragrance has been known to have the same effect as valium in reducing anxiety and contributing to a relaxed state. And the aromatherapy benefits of gardenia can also help to alleviate stress-induced headaches.
There is a reason that they sell lavender-stuffed pillows and use the scent as a room spray meant to calm the senses: it is because lavender is a natural stress-reducer. It is known to help soothe the respiratory system, helping you to breathe easier and contributing to a deeper sleep. Reducing anxiety levels naturally, the smell of lavender can lower blood pressure and slow down the heart rate for a more calm state.
Another air-purifying hero, the Chinese Evergreen is a great plant to have in a bedroom as it helps to filter toxins from the air. And since the lovely foliage requires very little light, they are ideal for dark bedrooms and other rooms with no direct sunlight.
The verdant leafy green Boston Fern is not only a lovely plant to have bedside, but it’s also a natural humidifier. This bright fern helps restore moisture to the air while at the same time purifying the air of formaldehyde. Add one or more of these green beauties to your bedroom if you suffer from dry skin problems or dry sinuses.
Reducing airborne microbes, removing harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, and increasing humidity are all health benefits of the Weeping Fig. Those suffering from allergies and dry weather problems should consider this leafy tree as a bedroom accent.
The snake plant is a rarity because it is one of the few plants to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night (while most plants absorb oxygen during this time). This process results in increased oxygenation while you sleep, all the while this decorative plant also removes four out of the five main toxins found in the air. Reducing headaches and eye irritation, allergies, and muscle tension are just a few of the things that make the snake plant a perfect bedroom houseplant.
Pothos is a popular plant for homes and offices because of its low-maintenance personality. But pothos, and specifically golden pothos with its heart-shaped leaves, rids the air of 9000 microorganisms, including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It helps to alleviate eye irritation, specifically when congestion is the culprit.
This flowering plant has long been used for its calming effects, as valerian root has aided with everything from menstrual cramps to sleep disorders. Having the scent of valerian in your bedroom will help you fall asleep quicker, and may even help with insomnia. And the delicate pink or white blooms of this lovely plant make it an ideal bedroom accent.
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