51% of adults worldwide are getting less sleep than required!
Let that sink in…
That’s an awful lot of lost zzz’s out there.
As well as quantity of sleep, quality of sleep is a huge concern for many of us today. Stress, overstimulation from technology and certain health issues are all very real and common factors contributing to worldwide sleep deprivation.
So, what can we do about it?
There is so much advice out there for improving sleep quality. From cutting down on caffeine to getting rid of tech before bed, but did you know that house plants can also be an effective tool?
Sleep disorders are on the rise, and one facet that affects our sleep is the air quality in our bedrooms. The good news is that certain indoor plants have a filtering ability that helps improve air quality and, in turn, your sleep!
Here are our top 3 picks of the best air purifying indoor plants for your bedroom 👇
Air quality is a significant factor contributing to our ability to sleep easily throughout the night. Unfortunately, the air quality in many bedrooms can be less than desirable for optimum sleep quality. We are talking low humidity, dry air and airborne pollutants.
Enter: The Snake Plant!
Snake Plants or "Sansevieria trifasciata” are great at pumping clean oxygen into the room. In fact, according to NASA’s Clean Air Study, the Snake Plant is so effective in producing oxygen that if you were locked in a sealed room with no airflow (yikes!), you would be able to survive with just 6-8 plants in it!
Pretty impressive, right? But wait, there’s more! 👇
Snake Plant’s large, flat leaves also act as filters, helping to remove harmful unwanted toxins in the air such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene. These are chemicals released by mattresses, bedding, furniture, carpeting, and paint, which we would otherwise inhale.
The result? ✔️ Cleaner air, ✔️lower humidity and ✔️ better quality sleep.
Quick Snake Plant Care Tips: 🌡️Temperatures above 10 ☀️ Keep in a bright spot away from direct sunlight & rotate the pot every other week for even light exposure 💧 Let soil dry out between watering.
Adored by plant owners worldwide, the Areca Palm or “Dypsis lutescens" is a popular plant known for its striking tropical appearance. In fact, it’s one of the most common plants displayed around homes, so, likely, the Areca Palm is already on your plant wishlist!
Beyond aesthetics, this leafy palm also offers a range of air-purifying benefits.
Like many indoor plants, it has a powerful ability to remove nasty toxins from the air and is rated as one of the best by NASA at doing so. The Areca Palm absorbs gases through its leaves and roots, which they then process, remove pollutants, and then release oxygen. Having more oxygen in a space makes breathing easier, which positively impacts functions like sleep.
The Areca Palm is also among the top-rated plants at increasing humidity, which is great for sufferers of colds or sinus problems. It eases the side effects of these conditions, allowing for a better night’s sleep. Higher humidity also kills a certain percentage of airborne bacteria and viruses, reducing your risk of getting sick.
Quick Areca Palm Care Tips: 🌡️Enjoys high humidity, mist leaves every second week ☀️ Keep in a bright spot away from direct sunlight 💧 Cannot tolerate standing in water, keep in a well-draining pot.than
Beautiful, easy to care for and beneficial for our wellbeing.
The Peace Lily plant or "Spathiphyllum" ticks all of our plant wish boxes 🙌
Like the snake plant, peace lilies are also fantastic air cleaners, as studied by NASA.
The Peace Lily also has a unique superpower where it takes the mould spores floating about, absorbs them through its leaves, and uses them as food.
The added benefit of a peace lily is that it can increase room humidity. The moisture given off by its flowers boosts the humidity of a room by up to 5%. This helps relieve irritating dry noses and throats that can keep you awake at night.
And that’s not even the best bit!
The Peace Lily is also a very low maintenance, easy-care plant, making it the ideal plant companion for the sleep-deprived or busy plant parents.
Quick Peace Lily Care Tips: 🌡️Average temperature of between 10°C-18°C ☀️ Enjoys light-medium light exposure 💧 Keep soil moist but never soggy
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