The plants that will improve your sleep

Aloe Vera

Described by NASA as one of the best plants for air purification, aloe vera releases oxygen throughout the night as well as fighting pollutants such as benzene (found in plastics) and formaldehyde (from varnishes).
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Spider Plant

This attention-grabbing houseplant can remove a huge 90% of toxins from your bedroom air in just two days, making it the perfect accessory for anyone with dust allergies. Beware: it grows pretty quickly.
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Weeping Fig

Lots of pollutants come from basic household items such as traditional furniture and carpeting. Weeping figs are the best at removing tons of the nasty things including benznee, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
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Areca Palm

This plant literally ‘mops up’ pollutants, making it ideal for anyone who constantly suffers from colds and sinus problems. You’ll also fall asleep a lot quicker thanks to the air being cleaner.
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Dwarf Date Palm

Another hardy option, the tropical-looking Dwarf Date Palm is tolerant to drought and handily gets rid of a number of indoor air pollutants especially solvent xylene.
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Boston Fern

NASA says that this fern is great at removing formaldehyde from the air, giving the plant ninth place in its list of 50 air-purifying plants.
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English Ivy

Trailing ivy can remove 78% of airborne mould in as little as 12 hours, according to researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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Peace Lily

Peace lilies are able to improve air quality by 60%. They can also get rid of mould by absorbing the spores through their leaves and using them as food.
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Chinese Evergreen

If you’re not a good parent to plants, this one’s for you. The Chinese Evergreen is pretty hard to kill considering it grows in low-lit areas where other plants would die. Keep it going for as long as possible as the longer it lives, the more toxins it removes from the air.
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Lady Palm

Lady Palm is good for anyone struggling to breathe at night thanks to its capabilities of cleansing the air of toxins including ammonia, xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.
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Some of us unfortunately suffer from all kinds of sleep problems during the night. Whether it’s dust allergies or insomnia, it’s safe to say a lot of us aren’t getting our recommended eight hours.

NASA of all places has found the one thing that could improve your night’s sleep: houseplants.

Simply putting a little greenery on your bedside table can ensure the air in your bedroom is free of pollutants and other insomnia-causers such as stress and anxiety.

Here are just a few of NASA’s top plant recommendations. Let us know if they work.

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