Snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Snake plant is one of the 10 best air filtering house plants according to NASA. It is wonderful for cleaning out your bedroom’s air both day and night, and its simple green-and-yellow leaves can fit nicely with any décor.
Some plants take in oxygen during the dark hours, but the snake plant emits oxygen during the nighttime, making your bedroom’s air fresh and clean, naturally—no matter what time of day it is.
The hypnotic effects of valerian have been proven by science, as one 2004
study conducted by a team of neuroscience researchers from Japan showed that simply inhaling the scent of its pink flowers was sufficient to heighten the activity of the brain’s GABA system, the system responsible for relaxing the body and preparing it for sleep.
Valerian root is also one of the best 12 herbs for insomnia.
It is used as a sedative and anti-anxiety treatment, and is a common ingredient in products promoted as mild sedatives and sleep aids for nervous tension and insomnia
The valerian plant is not only pretty to look upon, but perfect for helping the insomniac get better-quality sleep.
Just like jasmine plants, gardenias have white blooms and a beautiful scent—and they can also have a noteworthy sedative effect on those who inhale their fragrance.
A study from 2010 conducted by scientists from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf showed that gardenia was just as effective as valium in helping the body and brain to relax.
Instead of using sleeping pills, consider keeping a gardenia plant on your bedside table to enhance relaxation in your bedroom using the therapeutic power of scent.
Aloe vera is one of nature’s miracle plants: its gel can help heal cuts faster, aid in digestion and it has many other helpful healing properties.
Just having an aloe vera plant in your bedroom can be a good idea, as it turns out. Like the snake plant, the aloe vera plant lets out oxygen during the evening, leaving your nighttime air fresher and cleaner for a more restful sleep. It’s also notoriously easy to care for, as it doesn’t require frequent watering or special care like some other plants.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
The spider plant is an amazing natural air purifier, with the ability to remove harmful formaldehyde from the air you breathe with efficiency that is awe-inspiring. In a study conducted by NASA, spider plants were shown to remove up to 90 percent of formaldehyde in the air surrounding them. For fresher air while you get your shut-eye, keep a spider plant or two on a bedroom shelf.
Although not quite as easy to care for as the aloe vera plant or snake plant, the gerbera daisy plant has lovely blooms that bring cheer to any space. The gerbera daisy also has an effect overtime, while you sleep, releasing extra oxygen into the air during night time. This makes it an ideal plant for an insomniac looking for a way to brighten the room while increasing the oxygen levels of their bedroom’s air.
English ivy plant (Hedera Helix)
In the same NASA study which showed the detoxifying effects of the spider plant, the English ivy plant was found to be a top-notch air purifier, making it ideal for bedrooms in need of fresh air. According to research, it helps allergy sufferers by purifying the air around it.
English ivy plants, although helpful for cleaning the air, are toxic if ingested. Opt for a different plant in the bedroom if you have small children or pets that may eat the leaves.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Touting the ability to remove not only formaldehyde but also benzene from the air around it, the peace lily plant can clear the air and help keep dry environments more moist, upping humidity levels up to 5 percent in the rooms they are in.
This makes them ideal for dry climates—and they make far less noise than an electric air humidifier! They are also low-maintenance, requiring watering only once a week on average.