Having good sleep hygiene is essential in our always-on, tech-obsessed, Netflix-bingeing-in-bed, night owl society. But even if you follow the recommended bedtime “rules,”
getting a restful night’s sleep can still be elusive. Instead of turning to pills and potions
, give a little indoor nature therapy a try: Numerous plants are experts at improving air quality and encouraging relaxation—with certain varieties even eliminating toxins, emitting oxygen, and absorbing carbon dioxide and fumes.
Erin Marino of iconic NYC-based online plant shop The Sill
explains, "In addition to emitting oxygen and humidity, plants produce negative ions, similar to the way many air-purifiers do. The negative ions attach themselves to and effectively remove any particles in the air such as dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens. And the presence of negative ions has also been shown to increase psychological health, productivity, and overall well-being."
Plus, having some green around will naturally perk you up: For city dwellers, a bedside plant may be your only connection to nature. Read on for the best indoor plants to help you make the most of your sleeping hours—as well as tips on the plants you should most definitely avoid.