Best 10 Bedroom Plants for better sleep
Recent studies highlight exciting facts!
Recent scientific studies highlight to have plants in the bedroom to improve quality of sleep, a lot of folk face insomnia primarily caused by poor life style, stress, anxiety, bad air quality, odors, molds etc, altogether these make good night’s sleep seem next to impossible. Natural way to overcome it at some extent is filling the home with beautiful indoor plants, not only these plants add natural elegance but help to clean indoor air, bring vitality and reduce stress. Several study reports show spending time in nature reduces stress and fills with positive energy.
Some people worry that plants in the bedroom can be harmful as they release carbon dioxide at night and absorb oxygen, well, study reports suggest they absorb very little amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide they release is too less to be harmful to humans, on the contrary plants help sleep better, feel better, live better, do better as well as remove indoor air pollutants, chemicals, suppress airborne germs, release water vapor and a plenty more …
Half of the sleeping disorders are caused by mental stress which automatically cured in the presence of nature, in modern times creating natural environment indoors can prove a blessing in disguise. Nature has tremendous diversity, there are several thousand plants which can live without proper sun light and ventilation indoors. Lets have a look to the list of best 10 bedroom plants for better sleep based on their effectiveness in improving air quality and better adaptability to indoor environment conditions:
Aloevera with botanical name aloe barbadensis mill is a species of genus aloe in the plants family asphodelaceae, native to Arabian Peninsula. It one of the most amazing plants which is beneficial for a multitude of problems, it produces oxygen at night, its been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes from pre historic period. As per NASA study report, plant is effective in cleaning benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air. Egyptians call it ‘plant of immortality’ and it is, in terms of maintenance it is one of the hardiest, easy care, drought tolerant and shade loving plants.
2. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a perennial aromatic and herbaceous plant in the mint family lamiaceae, native to Central Asia. Scientific research reports suggest that having a lemon balm plant around improves mood and boosts overall mental wellness. Ohio State University study shows that its sweet smell adds to mood enhancement and reduces stress. Lemon balm is effective air purifier, it cleans the air by suppressing airborne germs, molds, bacterias. It is one of the hardiest herb plants which can tolerate full sun or full shade, it can do well indoors or outdoors without much maintenance.
Aglaonema is a popular indoor plant comes from arum plants family araceae, native to South Asia. Aglaonema have several hundred hybrid species with different grow habits, most of them are prone to extreme winters, except few like Agalonema Snow White. Agalonema is effective air purifier plant, it was part of NASA clean air study and found effective in removing indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. Aglaonema Snow White is one of the hardiest, easy care, low maintenance and shade loving houseplants.
4. Snake Plant
Snake plant’s scientific name is sansevieria categorized under the asparagaceae plants family, native to southern Asia. In recent times its popularity has increased a lot contributing to its benefits proved in improving indoor air quality, it is one of the most effective plants which removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air and releases oxygen even during the night time. Snake plant is one of the hardiest houseplants as it does not require bright or sun light, frequent watering, it has fatty leaves like succulents which store water and help it survive even in deserts for a longer time.
5. Boston Fern
Boston fern’s scientific name is nephrolepis exaltata, it is a species of genus nephrolepis in the family nephrolepidaceae, native to humid forests and swamps. It is effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and airborne germs, molds, bacterias from the indoor air. Boston fern is one of the hardiest, low maintenance, easy care houseplants, it does not require bright or sun light, even it does well in extremely poor light indoor conditions.
6. Fishtail Fern
Fishtail fern scientifically known by name nephrolepis falcata furcans, it is a species of genus nephrolepis in the family nephrolepidaceae, native to New Guinea and Australia. It inherits benefits and growing habits from popular species in the same genus boston fern. It is effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and airborne germs, molds, bacterias from the indoor air. Fishtail fern is one of the hardiest, low maintenance, easy care houseplants, it does not require bright or sun light, even it does well in extremely poor light indoor conditions.
7. Kimberly Queen Fern
Kimberly fern scientifically known by name nephrolepis obliterata, it is a species of genus nephrolepis in the family nephrolepidaceae, native to Australia. It inherits benefits and growing habits from popular species in the same genus boston fern and it is identical to boston fern except it has upright growing habit. It is effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and airborne germs, molds, bacterias from the indoor air. Kimberly fern is one of the hardiest, low maintenance, easy care houseplants, it does not require bright or sun light, even it does well in extremely poor light indoor conditions.
8. Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum is a flowering perennial herb which falls in asparagaceae plants family, native to southern Africa. It is popular houseplant commonly known as spider plant. It is hardy, easy to care, requires less frequent watering, once in couple of months when it is placed in temperature between 15 -22 degree celsius. Spider plant was part of NASA study and found effective in cleaning formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It improves indoor air quality and reduces stress, a report published by the university’s Cooperative Extension Service cited spider plant as one of the top varieties for removing VOCs and other pollutants from indoor air.
9. Golden Pathos
Epipremnum aureum is popularly known as golden pathos or money plant, it a species of plant family araceae, native to French Polynesia. Money plant is a popular houseplant found every here and there, plant is hardy, low light tolerant and easy care, it can survive adverse weather conditions except the winters, in temperature lower than 10 degree celsius it goes dormant but never dies. Golden pathos were noted by NASA researchers as a top air cleaner plant, its shiny heart-shaped leaves removed up to 73 percent of VOCs and other pollutants from sealed chambers.
Gerbera (gerbera jamesonii) is one of the most popular flowering plants with diverse colored shining flowers, it is hardy to adverse weather conditions and suits to grow in filtered bright light. Gerbera releases oxygen at night and it is effective in cleaning benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the indoor air, additionally it can help relieve in breathing disorders or apnea. It is one of the hardiest, low maintenance, easy care houseplants which does not require sun light to bloom, it does well with indoors filtered bright light conditions.
Plants for Sunny Window Bedroom
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Jasmine is a genus of extremely fragrant flowering shrubs and vines in the olive family oleaceae native to warm temperate regions of Eurasia, Australasia and Oceania. If the bedroom gets sun light for few hours, there is nothing better than to have Jasmine plant blooming there. Jasmine has a number of benefits attached with it fragrance:
Reduces sleep movements
Promotes restful sleep
Increases mental performance
Wheeling Jesuit University study report concludes – “When the effects of the jasmine odor were compared to the effects of the lavender odor and the non-odor control condition, the dispensing of jasmine led to greater sleep efficiency and reduced sleep movement.”
Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the family, rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. If the bedroom gets sun light for few hours, there is nothing better than coupling Jasmine and Gardenia plants to bloom. Gardenia has a number of benefits attached with it fragrance too:
Improves sleep quality
Reduces anxiety and promotes sleep
Increases relaxation with therapeutic properties
Heinrich Heine University study report highlights, gardenia as effective as valium in relaxing the brain and the body.
Peace Lily, English Ivy, Areca Palm and Bamboo Palm can be others in the list, we have not included to top 10 list because of their survival and growth related reasons.