We are obsessed with finding out all of the ways we can improve our sleep patterns, so when we heard that a better night's sleep could be down to something as simple as adding a little life to our bedrooms, we were beyond excited.
A study by NASA has shown that certain plants can purify the air in our homes, while others' scents are known for their relaxing capabilities.
According to The Joy Of Plants, these are 8 of the best house plants for your bedroom which may just make you sleep a little more soundly tonight...
1. ARECA PALM
We know, these palms don't even need to help you sleep for you to want them in your bedroom, which is why their added air purification benefits will make you rush out to the nearest garden centre almost immediately. The Areca Palm is even better if you suffer from regular colds or sinus trouble, according to The Joy Of Plants, as they release moisture into the air which should make it easier to breathe while nodding off.
2. ALOE VERA
NASA named Aloe Vera as one of the best plants for air purification in their study, releasing oxygen throughout the night. The bonus is that these plants are also super easy to look after - which means more time for sleeping - and they look beyond cute.
3. ENGLISH IVY
A study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that English Ivy removed 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mould in just 12 hours. So, if you suffer from allergies, stocking up on some of these beautiful plants could keep your sneezing at bay overnight. Yep, we're buying 10, too.
Gerberas clean up the air in your bedroom so breathing in your sleep is easy - oh and they will brighten up the place, too.
Jasmine will not only make your room smell delightful, but Psychologists at Wheeling Jesuit University found that those exposed to the scent of jasmine also had a better quality of sleep than those who weren't exposed to the flower.
Speaking of relaxing scents, they don't come much more calming than lavender, which has been used in aromatherapy as a natural aid to sleep for years.
7. MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TONGUE
Not only does this glossy-leaf plant emit oxygen through the night while taking in carbon dioxide but it also filters nasty common household toxins, like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene, from the air says The Joy Of Plants.
8. PEACE LILY
The peace lily is a bit of an all-in-one plant both purifying the air by removing toxins and increasing the humidity of the air which could help reduce allergies and ease dry throats or sinus problems, thus helping you to drift off trouble-free.
Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk