We all know the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep and on the back of clean eating, clean sleeping looks set to be this year’s biggest health trend.

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Along with keeping your bedroom as dark as possible and turning off your mobile, clean sleeping involves banning bedtime snacks, eating an early dinner so you can keep a regular 12-hour fasting window until breakfast, giving yourself a head massage or foot rub to relieve the day’s tension… and a house plant to purify the air that you breathe.

Indeed, not only do you need a good night sleep to look more youthful and help your body repair itself and detoxify overnight, but introducing a plant to your bedroom décor can aid sleep, and costs far less than an anti-ageing night cream.

With the help of The Joy of Plants, here are some glossy leaves and greens to bring home and help you drift off to sleep…

1. Gerbera


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Bright and beautiful, this colourful flowering plant releases oxygen through the night making it ideal for freshening up a stuffy bedroom (try to open the windows and air the room regularly) and helping you to breathe easy while you sleep.

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2. Lavender

A natural sleep aid, lavender has been used for aromatherapy for hundreds of years and you only have to breathe in the aromas of this pretty purple flowered plant to experience its instant calming effect.

3. Jasmine

With its exotic fragrance and delicate white flowers, jasmine is a joy any time of the day but according to latest research, it could also send you off to sleep.


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Psychologist at Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia, USA found that those exposed to the scent of jasmine had a better quality of sleep than those who weren’t exposed to the flower.

4. English Ivy


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Trailing ivy is well known for its air purifying properties and a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found English Ivy removed 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mould within 12 hours. 

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5. Peace Lily


Another plant well known for its air cleaning properties that can filter out common airborne toxins, placing an elegant peace lily next to the bed can boost humidity levels which help reduce allergies. Perfect for relieving dry noses and scratchy throats.

6. Aloe Vera

Along with providing brilliant benefits for the skin and health, aloe was named by NASA as one of the top air purifying plants. The fleshy aloe vera leaves emit oxygen during the night and contain various powerful antioxidant compounds.