Great Plants That Will Help You Sleep Better

Good quality of sleep is something that many people want but, unfortunately, do not get. Plants can improve your rest so that you can sleep well and wake up refreshed the next day.

One reason you might not be able to sleep well is that the air quality in your bedroom is poor. Adding plants to your room will allow the air inside and provide more oxygen, which improves sleep patterns. At the same time, plants are usually mostly green-colored, which is good for calming frazzled nerves.

Sleep hacks like putting plants indoors will allow you to get the rest you need. Thus, if you have trouble sleeping at night, try caring for some of these plants that can promote good sleep for you:

Plants You Need for Restful Sleep

1.      Snake Plant

You can place this plant in a large pot in a corner of the room. This plant is good for your air quality because it can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for you even while you sleep (most plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen only in the daytime).

The other good part about this plant is that you only need to water it occasionally—once a week. Just be sure it’s placed in a corner where it’ll get sunlight because this plant is originally exposed to the sun in desert conditions. NASA puts this plant in outer space vehicles to help astronauts get access to oxygen, too.

2.      Spider Plant

This plant can be hung from your bedroom ceiling in a hanging planter. This plant can absorb harmful chemicals including xylene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. These chemicals are known to deter humans from a sound sleep. The Spider Plant is considered a low-maintenance plant, too.

3.      A Gerberia Daisy

This is another plant that works on improving your air quality, thus leading to improved rest. It has colorful flowers as well that’s great for the color scheme of some bedrooms.

4.      Dracaena Colorama Plant

If you’re worried about toxic chemicals in your bedroom, you may add a Dracaena Colorama Plant near your bed. This plant was described by NASA as being able to remove toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, and benzene—all of which are considered toxic to humans.

5.      Peace Lilies

If you don’t like the look of the Dracaena Colorama Plant, you can resort to Peace Lilies. This plant also absorbs toxic chemicals from the air. It has the distinction of being chosen by NASA as one of the best indoor plants for eliminating pollutants. It’s especially great at removing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene.

6.      Lavender

You can put a Lavender plant on your side table so that its aroma can soothe you to sleep. Lavender is said to be good as a relaxant, plus its colorful blooms are nice to look at.

7.      English Ivy Plant

If you’re concerned mostly about formaldehyde in the air, then you must buy a hanging English Ivy plant. English Ivy is also great at removing airborne mold, which some people are allergic to.

8.      Heart Leaf

Another plant that removes formaldehyde from the surrounding air is the Heart Leaf Philodendron vine. Although not everyone has room for this trailing vine, you might hang it from your bathroom ceiling and let its leaves climb window bars. When you open the bathroom door, the bathroom air enters the bedroom to refresh the air.

9.      Aloe Plant

If you live in an industrial area where chemical factories do production, you probably need an Aloe Plant. The leaves of this kind of plant will become brown if there is a lot of toxic chemicals in the air. Just make sure you don’t overwater this because it’s a low-maintenance plant.

10.    Golden Pothos

This plant is another workhorse when it comes to removing pollutants from indoor air, especially formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. This plant survives even in low-light conditions as long as it has enough water to grow with.

11.    Chinese Evergreen

This is ideal for cleaning out air pollutants indoors, too. Grows best in partial shade with temperature not surpassing 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand harsher growth conditions, such as low humidity, no sunlight, and no watering for a time, though.

12.    Areca Palm

It is effective in removing air pollutants and is very easy to grow indoors. It is a tall plant so it’s advisable to put in bedrooms that have high ceilings. It needs plenty of water during spring and summer, but hold back on the watering during the fall and winter seasons.

13.    Jasmine

It has a very nice scent that is pleasant to fall asleep to. You can expect to have a more relaxing rest when you use Jasmine in your bedroom. One study claims that it is even better than Lavender. It does need a lot of sunlight so put it by the window where it can catch some rays in the daytime. It also needs a modest volume of water.

14.    Bamboo Plant

The Bamboo Plant is great at eliminating benzene and trichloroethylene from indoor air. Is a bit on the tall side so place it in bedrooms with sufficient headroom. It needs moist soil to survive but avoid overwatering it. Put it near windows to allow it to get sufficient sunlight.

Final Thoughts: Loving Plants Is Rewarding

Getting adequate rest can be challenging for you. If you find it hard to sleep, putting plants in your bedroom (and in the bathroom beside your bedroom) will help you relax and get into the mood for rest.

Watering your plants, talking to them, and playing music that you think helps them grow are all good ways to motivate you to keep plants in the bedroom. If you find it hard to find space, you can hang plants from your window bars.

If this is your maiden attempt at caring for plants, it can become a nice habit. Taking care of plants is really rewarding and will boost your health. Once you start taking care of plants, you may find that your sleep patterns will normalize at night and it’ll be easier to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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