These days we are all constantly striving to improve our sleep habits. When we read articles about how the blue light from our smartphones affects our REM cycle we avoid reaching for them before bed. We Google ways to maximize the hours we get, trying to make six feel as restful as eight. We experiment with essential oils, light-canceling curtains, earplugs, and mattresses all to reach the ultimate goal: to enjoy the perfect night of sleep.
It turns out one of the most effective sleep enhancers might be on your Instagram feed or in your living room right now. Plants are at the height of popularity: from tiny windowsill succulents to leafy, towering floor plants, these trending accents are the answer to our age-old sleep problem. Their presence in your bedroom will revolutionize the eight hours you spend in your bed every night.
After recent studies conducted by NASA and other leading scientific researchers, we at Related put together the best plants to keep nearby to help you catch your best zzz’s. The Related Lifestyle is about wellness, and feeling well-rested is an essential part. Besides the gorgeous bedrooms and luxurious finishes in each unit, these are the best apartment additions you can make to enhance your life.
Areca Palm is a floor plant that is particularly effective at purifying and cleansing the air. Having an Areca Palm in your bedroom removes harmful toxins from your environment. This prevents the circulation of air-pollution while you sleep, including bacteria or toxins. In addition, they act as efficient air humidifiers, so if you were planning on buying one, opt for the natural option instead!
Aloe Vera plants are an excellent option because they are one of the most low-maintenance plants there is! You only need to water them about once a month and they need very little natural light to thrive. They came in at the top of NASA’s recommendations for air-improving plants. One of the chief reasons is because the release additional oxygen at night, and increased oxygen supply at night helps soothe insomnia and increases quality of sleep overall.
The English Ivy Plant was rated the #1 best purifying plant by NASA. For people with breathing problems, sleep apnea, or asthma, housing this plant in your bedroom is particularly beneficial. Studies have shown the presence of English Ivy reduces airborne mold by over 90%! Affordable, attractive, and easy to find, this is a perfect plant for your apartment!
Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (we’re not sure why), is one of the most highly-recommended plants for indoors. This plant takes in carbon dioxide at a faster rate and naturally emits more oxygen to help cancel out the effects of our breathing cycle while we sleep. It is also proven to filter some common household toxins like trichloroethylene and benzene from the air.
The Peace Lily Plant isn’t just functional, it’s beautiful. The elegant white flowers are a stark compliment against the leathery dark green leaves, which acts as a stylish accent to any room. Having Peace Lily in the house neutralizes harmful gases and absorbs mold spores.
Jasmine has a soothing, calming effect on the body and mind. Studies show it reduces anxiety levels and has a profoundly calming effect, leading to greater quality of sleep. And as we know, quality of sleep is directly related to increased alertness and greater productivity throughout the day.
Including these plants in your bedroom decor isn’t just chic, it’s a great way to improve rest and relaxation. At Related Rentals, our apartments are specifically curated for your best quality of life. Plus, the Related Lifestyle blog is filled with ideas to help decorate and personalize your space to make it your own.