How do house plants improve sleep quality?

Houseplants are a popular decorative item that can be used to spruce up any interior and with around 320,000 species, there are plenty to choose from. Not only do they make beautiful décor, plants also have a plethora of amazing health benefits.

Bringing a plant into your home will be a breath of fresh air – literally. There are a number of plants that have the ability to purify the air around you by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen to create a cleaner atmosphere. Being in nature can also help refresh the mind and body, therefore having plants around your home can help you feel rejuvenated while you’re inside. Houseplants have also been found to help improve your mood in the dark, winter months as being surrounded by the vivid greenery and colorful flowers can help you feel happier, warmer and overall, much more positive.

The benefits of houseplants don’t stop there. If you choose to introduce a plant to your home, consider placing it in your bedroom. Their air purifying abilities can significantly improve your sleep as the fresher atmosphere encourages cleaner breathing during the night. Some plants also have relaxing capabilities due to the heavenly scents they emanate, making it easier for you to drift off. Furthermore, studies have found that touching the leaves of a plant for just 2 minutes can reduce stress levels.

If you’re looking to feel calmer, improve your sleep and create a clean atmosphere, consider adding one of the following houseplants into your bedroom:

1. Aloe Vera

Starting off the list we have one of the most well-known plants, Aloe Vera. As it is part of the succulent family, this plant is extremely low maintenance and requires very little watering due to its ability to maintain water within its leaves. Aloe Vera produces oxygen at night, therefore adding it into your bedroom can significantly improve the air quality and help with your breathing for a better night’s sleep. This succulent’s incredible versatility does not stop there, with the gel from its leaves having a plethora of uses. Application to the skin can help heal burns and improve acne, while a splash of aloe vera added into food or drinks can aid digestion. In terms of interior design, the gorgeous green hues mixed with the yellow-white flecks on the strong, striking leaves would fit perfectly into a room featuring wooden staple pieces/floorboards and sit nicely next to a simple, elegant bed like the Arizona, Nimes or Jupiter.

2. Peace Lily

The second plant on the list is the Peace Lilly. Scientifically known as Spathiphyllum, this plant can purify the air and increase the humidity of any room it is placed within, allowing for cleaner breathing and a more comfortable temperature for your body during its nightly rest. Additionally, it can help fend off problems such as increased susceptibility to colds and illnesses that low humidity can cause. The Peace Lily is also able to grow well in both high and low light and only requires watering once a week, making it a popular choice for an indoor plant. The white petals combined with the abundance of deep green leaves create a beautiful decorative piece that would sit perfectly by a luxury-contemporary bed such as the Toronto, Westminster or Princess in minimalist, warm toned bedroom.

3. Snake Plant

The Sansevieria Trifasciata, colloquially known as the Snake Plant, is also a succulent that helps to filter indoor air. Similar to Aloe Vera, this plant can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen at night, making it a great addition to the bedroom to regulate healthy air flow. The Snake Plant additionally possess the ability to remove toxic chemicals commonly found within indoor air including formaldehyde (insulation/carpets) and benzene (solvents/paints). The clean air that this plant produces will help cleanse the respiratory system and improve sleep. The Snake Plant’s emerald green tones paired with the vibrant yellow outlining the wavering leaves would add a stunning pop of colour to a monochromatic interior and stand perfectly positioned by the side of bed with a sharp, sleek headboard like the Calvin, Boston or Cambridge.

4. Lavender

Rounding off the list is Lavandula, or as it’s more commonly known, Lavender. One of the most obvious benefits of this plant is the divine smell it exudes. The potent aroma is an amazing relaxation aid and an excellent natural remedy for treating insomnia as well as improving the quality of sleep. This plant also has several proven physical health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, heart rate and overall stress levels. The luxurious scent of Lavender combined with its gorgeous purple buds radiate opulence and would work wonderfully sat on a side table next to a majestic bed such as the Windermere, Empress or Grandeur in a cool-toned bedroom with lots of natural light to aid growth.


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