Did you know that being a parent can result in better sleep? Well, a plant parent that is.
While house plants have never gone out of style, recently there has been a resurgence in an abundance of greenery in home decor. And we’re here for it. Not only do plants add to the visual appeal of your home, but they are actually good for your health. One of the greatest health benefits plants provide is better sleep. But before you head over to the nearest nursery, what plants are best for more restful sleep?
Now that we know which plants to pick up at the store, what can we really expect to get from keeping these guys by our bedside? Plants do their best work when it comes to air quality, and this is something that really does affect sleep quality. Spending 80% to 90% of our time indoors results in an increase in air-pollutants. Studies show that air-pollutants are actually 2 to 5 times higher in our homes than in outdoor environments (Puffy). Recent NASA research suggests that, “water emitted by plants creates a pull and suction of contaminants into the root of the plant leading to an 87% reduction in toxins” (NASA).
Before you turn your bedroom into a greenhouse, remember that too much of a good thing isn’t the best idea. Saturating your space with plants can result in an excess of carbon dioxide. Just like we have rest cycles, plants do too, “and when they are resting, they also release volumes of carbon dioxide” which can counteract all of the good and oxygen that they provide (Puffy).
Beyond the benefits of air purification, caring for houseplants can also help us deal with stress and boost all of the happy and positive feelings. A study featured by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that, “interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults” (NCBI).
Next time you think your bedroom needs a refresh, consider making some environmental changes that can improve sleep quality. Remove blue light, diffuse some therapeutic grade essential oils, keep your favorite SleepSwag product on your nightstand, surround yourself with a few new house plants, and experience more peaceful sleep.