HealthTransform your bedroom with a Sansevieria: The easy-care plant that improves sleep and purifies air

Transform your bedroom with a Sansevieria: The easy-care plant that improves sleep and purifies air

This plant is worth keeping in the bedroom.
This plant is worth keeping in the bedroom.
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1:31 PM EST, January 12, 2024

Many people recognize Sansevieria as either the snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue. It is a perennial succulent that originates from western Africa.

The plant stands out with its long, dark green sword-like leaves. It functions admirably as a decorative element in any apartment and is quite simple to grow.

It doesn't require large amounts of water or light, but it thrives best in sunny spots.

It is not advisable to transplant it or plant it in a garden, place it on the balcony, overwater it, or keep it in areas where the temperature falls below 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to its visual appeal, Sansevieria also possesses health benefits, making it a valuable addition to a bedroom. It supports better sleep quality and makes falling asleep easier.

It transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen, regulates air humidity, and eradicates harmful compounds from the air.

Following studies on air purification and filtration methods for space stations, NASA researchers included this plant in the list of 18 top air-purifying species.

Beyond that, the snake plant breaks down toxic formaldehyde, which may cause respiratory issues, insomnia, headaches, and weaken immunity.

It also manages benzene, commonly found in glues and varnishes. High benzene concentration can interfere with heart function, trigger dizziness, cause mood swings, and increase cancer cell development risks.

This plant also detoxifies other harmful substances in our immediate environment like xylene, trichloroethylene, and toluene.

Sansevieria is highly recommended for allergy sufferers and should be especially considered by people living near busy streets. Other air-purifying and humidifying potted plants include aloe vera, peace lily, common ivy, and Sternberg's spider plant.

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