Plants that will make your home healthier and help you sleep

There's nothing better than a great night's sleep. Whether you sleep well or you're constantly in pursuit of that elusive good night's sleep, we're all looking for ways to wake up feeling more refreshed and well-rested.

While having a great sheet set and being active helps, some people don't realise that the air-purifying and calming qualities of certain greenery can actually have a significant impact on how you sleep. With cleaner air, increased oxygen levels, and aromatic scents of these 10 plants in your bedroom, you can say hello to a solid slumber.

1. Snake plant

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Aside from its ability to survive on neglect, the snake plant is beloved for its ability to clean the air in your home. Snake plants are able to convert CO2 to oxygen, and while many plants stop doing this at night, the snake plant continues to do so while you sleep. And more oxygen means better sleep.

2. Rosemary

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Rosemary isn't just a culinary staple. Keeping a plant in your bedroom has many benefits. The scent that rosemary gives off has been known to reduce anxiety, and it's also alleged to improve your memory. Keep a small rosemary plant by your bedside and rub it on your hands before bed to reap the benefits while you sleep.

3. Gerbera

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Gerberas can be a great indoor plant as long as your bedroom has enough light for them. Their bright colours help you to feel cheerful when you wake up, but they also release oxygen at night and remove chemicals from the air. Gerberas have been recommended for people who suffer from sleep apnea or allergies.

4. Lavender

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Like rosemary, lavender is a popular choice for your bedroom because of its beloved scent. Lavender, too, has been known to help people with anxiety and can even help induce sleep by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress level. Lavender can be quite potent, so having a small plant on your bedside may be all you need to get a better sleep.

5. Jasmine

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Jasmine is not a common indoor plant, but it has many sleep benefits, including reducing anxiety and contributing to better quality sleep. In fact, some research has suggested that jasmine leads to better sleep quality than lavender, and jasmine has also been found to lower your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure.

6. Pothos

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Pothos, particularly the golden variety, are a popular house plant for many reasons. They do well with very little light and don't need to be watered too often, and they also work to clean the air in your home. Pothos are especially good at converting carbon monoxide to oxygen, so you'll definitely sleep better with one of these in your bedroom.

7. English ivy

You may not have considered English ivy as an indoor option, but its viney quality makes it a beautiful hanging plant in any room. But its qualities go beyond aesthetic, and English ivy has been proven to remove mold and animal feces from the air, reducing allergies and improving air quality.

8. Spider plant

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Another favourite of house plant-lovers, the spider plant, is incredibly easy to care for and produces little babies that are easy to propagate to produce even more plants. If you've been experiencing headaches or if your brain feels fuzzy, try putting a spider plant in your bedroom. They remove harsh chemicals from the air, like formaldehyde, leaving you with fresher air and better sleep.

9. Aloe vera

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Many people love keeping aloe around the house for its medicinal properties like helping to calm a sunburn and or healing a wound. But you should also consider keeping an aloe plant next to your bed because they can help clean the air and give you better sleep. Aloe helps clear the air of benzene, which is found in paint and chemical cleaners.

10. Peace lily

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Peace lilies are one of the top-rated plants for improving indoor air quality, thereby helping you get a great sleep. Peace lilies cleanse the air of benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. But even more interesting is that they absorb mould spores from the air and turn it into food for the plant. Their name and appearance will also provide your bedroom with the peaceful vibe you need to get a great sleep.

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