10 Indoor Houseplants That Can Give You a Good Night's Sleep
Do houseplants really clean the air? If so, what are the best sleep-boosting indoor plants?
4 March 2021
If you have a busy and stressful lifestyle, you would know how challenging it can be to get a good night's rest.
An ideal way to get better sleep is by bringing plants into your home. A good number of interior decor experts and stylists would claim that adding real plants into your sleeping space can help improve your home's air quality and aid in sleeping well.
Wait, pause. But here's what science says: the power of these indoor plants has been terribly overestimated. Popular internet searches will hit you with phrases such as 'top houseplants that can purify your air or 'researchers from NASA'.
"The scientific literature shows that indoor houseplants — as would be typically implemented in a person’s home — do very little to clean the air," a Portland State University professor told The Atlantic.
Another report, funded by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, begged to differ. Common houseplants can be "a promising, economical solution to indoor air pollution," according to NASA scientist Bill Wolverton.
So why are there all these contradictions? Let us explain...