There’s nothing worse than not being able to get to sleep. Tossing and turning all night and only drifting off minutes before your alarm goes off can really take its toll on your mood, productivity, energy and general quality of life. But did you know that having the best bedroom plants might be the key to helping you relax?
It's true! One of the best ways to improve the relaxing vibes of your home is to use the right flowers and plants. Not only can they improve the overall look and feel of your home, but many have excellent relaxing properties. Some are even able to help purify the air around your home, removing pollutants and making it easier for you to develop a healthy sleeping pattern.
With stress and anxiety cited as the cause of half of all insomnia cases, filling your home and bedroom with the right plants is a great way to create the ultimate calming effect.
In addition, poor air quality from pollution, odours and moulds can have an effect on our breathing, which in turn makes it harder to get a good night's sleep. But thankfully there are a number of plants that can actually help purify the air and help you sleep and breathe better.
Here's our list of the best bedroom plants:
1. Areca Palm
The Madagascan areca palm is one of the best bedroom plants as it leads the way air purification. It's highlighted as being great for people who are prone to colds or sinus infections as it releases moisture into the air. By doing so, it also makes the air much more breathable which helps you fall asleep quicker.
2. Aloe Plant
The gel of aloe plants is known to have a number of healing and soothing properties. Many of us know that it can be used to soothe skin burns, cuts and acne, but few of us realise it could be helping us to sleep better too. Like the areca plant, aloe helps to monitor the air in your home and is able to clear pollutants found in chemical cleaning products from the air. When harmful levels of these chemicals are detected, small brown spots will appear on the leaves of the plant - telling you it's maybe time to change to a less harsh product.
Jasmine makes it onto our list of best bedroom plants because it has a gentle, soothing effect on both the mind and body. This makes it great for reducing anxiety and stress, both of which can prevent you from sleeping as well as you could. Not only that, but the soft colours of jasmine add to the relaxing tones and colour schemes that make for the most relaxing of environments.
4. The Boston Fern
The Boston fern has been one of the best bedroom plants since the 1800s. It is one of the top 50 plants for air purification and is reported as being highly capable of removing chemicals such as formaldehyde from the air. For this reason alone it had to make our list - of course, the fact that it looks great helps too.
5. Rubber Tree
Rubber trees are another plant type that makes it on to our list for their air cleaning properties. Whilst they're not literally made of rubber, they do have a rubbery texture and require little looking after, making them a great plant for those who often find themselves too busy to care for foliage. They do tend to thrive best in cooler climates with dim lighting though.
Lavender is one of the most recognised plants when it comes to reducing anxiety levels and helping to improve sleep. It's also one of the most recognised fragrances in the world of plants. The scent of lavender can help slow your heart rate which in turn lowers your stress levels and your blood pressure.
While there are a lot of lavender scented products on the market that could potentially help, the most natural option is often the best, so why not look at getting a small lavender plant to help make your bedroom the most relaxing it could be - this will usually be the most cost-effective method of using lavender too!
7. Peace lily
This is another beautiful plant that makes our list of best bedroom plants because of its cleansing powers. In fact, it's been shown to help clean the air by up to 60%. Peace lilies are great at absorbing mould spores through its leaves and using this mould as a source of food for its roots.
8. Bamboo Palm
Also known as a reed palm, the bamboo palm is a small plant which has fantastic air purification abilities. Their light fragrance makes them the ideal alternative to chemical-heavy air fresheners and their purification qualities means you can remove airborne smells and toxins too. This means that you will be able to sleep better and appreciate the fresher smelling air. Another reason we love the bamboo palm is that it takes very little effort to care for. Just make sure to keep the soil damp (but not wet) and keep in indirect sunlight.
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