Great Plants That Will Help You Sleep Better

A reason for a lack of good sleep might be the poor air quality in your bedroom due to different pollutants - toxins, microorganisms, etc.

Stress, tension, anxiety, chronic exhaustion are also a definite cause for trouble with going to bed and decent rest.

There are medications and supplements to help you sleep better but they have too many side effects. Medications do more harm than good, so it’s best to avoid them.

Plants That Act as Air-Filters

When you add plants to your room, they will clean the air and provide more oxygen, which improves sleep patterns.

Let’s see which plants have such powers.

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 converts carbon dioxide into oxygen for the whole day and night (most plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen only in the daytime).

A benefit is that you only need to water it occasionally-once a week. Be sure it’s placed in a sunny corner to get close to its natural habitat.

A curious fact - NASA puts this plant in outer space vehicles to help astronauts get access to oxygen.

1. Snake Plant

2. Spider Plant

This plant is perfect to hang from the ceiling. It absorbs harmful chemicals like xylene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. These substances deter humans from a sound sleep.

 The Spider Plant is considered a low-maintenance plant, too.

3. A Gerbera Daisy

This is another plant that improves air quality in your bedroom, thus leads to your better rest. It has motley flowers, great for the color scheme of the rooms.

4. Dracaena Colorama

If you’re worried about the air irritants in your bedroom, place a Dracaena Colorama Plant near your bed. This plant removes 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, resort to Peace Lilies. The plant is one of the best to eliminate air pollutants. It’s most efficient against carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene.

6. English Ivy

If you’re concerned mostly about formaldehyde in the air, then you must buy a hanging English Ivy plant. It is also great at removing airborne mold, which some people are allergic to. The species differs from poison ivy by far.

8. Aloe Plant

Aloe Vera is a must-have in every home. It has so many health benefits to use in first aid etc. Aloe has sleep-aiding qualities because it fights air toxins in your bedroom.

If you live in an industrial area with chemical factories you need an Aloe Plant. Its leaves become brown if there are a lot of toxic chemicals in the air.

Make sure you don’t overwater because it might die.

9. Golden Pothos

This plant is another workhorse that removes pollutants from indoor air, especially formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Golden Pothos survives low-light conditions as long as it has enough water to grow.

10. Chinese Evergreen

This is ideal to get rid of air pollutants indoors. Grows best in partial shade with temperature under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand harsher growth conditions, such as low humidity, no sunlight, and no water for a time.

11. Areca Palm

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

12. Bamboo Plant air

The Bamboo Plant is a great choice to eliminate benzene and trichloroethylene from indoor air. It’s a bit on the tall side so place it in bedrooms with enough space. It needs moist soil to survive but avoid overwatering it. Put it near windows to let it get sufficient sunlight.

15. Elecampane flower

This yellow daisy-like flower is in use since ancient times. Its roots contain safe chemicals that improve respiratory conditions caused by poor air quality in your bedroom.

It’s curious that elecampane is very effective against staphylococci infections.

To let it bloom fully, provide enough sunlight and regular waterings.

16. Ficus Benjamina

Ficus is another air-purifying plant thanks to its antimicrobic properties. This simple-looking tree actually requires bright light and high humidity levels. But once you provide all that, it will serve you as a reliable air-filter.

17. Boston Fern

Another member of the green family, which requires minor maintenance. It’s a powerful air-filter, especially when it comes to formaldehyde.

18. Bromeliad

Choose a wild bromeliad to create a tropical atmosphere in your bedroom and help clean the air. For better results combine it with some of the above.

Plants with a Direct Impact on Your Sleep

Good quality of sleep is something that many people want but, unfortunately, do not get. Some plants are not able to remove air pollutants but have other qualities that make them instant sleep inducers.

19. Lavender

Consider the Lavender plant on your side table so its aroma soothes you to sleep. Beautiful blooming Lavender is good as a relaxant, plus its colorful blooms are nice to look at.

20. Jasmine

It has a pleasant scent to fall asleep to. You’ll have a more relaxing rest when with a Jasmine in your bedroom. According to studies, it is even better than Lavender. It does need a lot of sunlight so put it on the window ledge where it will catch rays during the daytime. It needs a modest amount of water.

21. Sage

You know sage for its seasoning qualities in meals. But don’t underestimate its medical properties. Sage has overall positive effects on your organism. It is also known to be a sedative. So, thanks to that the scent of sage induces sleep.

22. Gardenia

Do you need a lovely decoration for your fancy bedroom? Gardenia with its smooth leaves, beautiful white flowers, and a pleasant scent is a perfect choice.

Does it help you sleep better?

Yes, because of its natural sedative properties. They come from a carotenoid found in Gardenias.

It affects your sleep in an indirect way, too, because if its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.

23. Calamus

The one in the right corner.

Use this interesting corn-like plant to make a potion. Drink or massage it gently to your body. In both cases, calamus will relive and prepare you for bedtime. It’s a light sedative that calms the nerves and reduces pain.

24. Hope Cones

Hope Cones contains a specific chemical that makes it a direct sleep inducer. If combined with Valeriana it’s one the most effective ways to fight insomnia. Have in mind that it needs plenty of water and Sun to live and be useful.

25. Chamomile

Surprised that this playful daisy-like plant is on this list?

It’s an old-time herb and event Egyptians took advantage of its medical properties. In addition, this non-pretentious fun plant has remarkable sedative effects. If you prepare a Chamomile tea prior to bed, you’ll have a tranquil and sufficient sleep. Following old traditions in growing Chamomile, Galen-N comments the mixture of pure natural Roman Chamomile oil and German Chamomile essential oil as a recipe for sleep used by generations in the native Bulgarian region where Chamomile is grown.

26. Heartleaf Philodendron

If you’re not a “plant-person” philodendron is great for you because it thrives on its own. It’s a good piece of advice to hang it from the ceiling. This way you’ll save some space and protect your children and pet because Philodendron is poisonous. 

27. Rosehip

These cute cherry tomatoes-like plants are actually a kind of roses. They grow in jolly small bushes. Feel free to use them for a better night’s rest. Rosehips are a definite sleep booster.

28. Valeriana

Everyone is familiar with the Valeriana plant and its sedative features. It provides quality and long sleep by calming the nerves and the muscles.

29. Passion Flower

Go fo a Passion Flower to set a tropical atmosphere in your bedroom. The plant reduces anxiety and stress thus helps have a decent sleep. CBD can also help handle the pressure.

30. Weeping fig

One more to add your bedroom to take care of your good sleep.

31. Orchid

There are about 25,000 - 30,000 species with some most known types of orchids. It’s normal to think that these beautiful plants are just merely for decoration. It’s more than a pretty addition to your bedroom. Orchids are another example of a plant that aids the air quality ad eases your sleep.

32. Purple Waffle Plant

Not only the plant provides a lovely view for when you wake up, but it takes care of the air irritants during nighttime. The result is you sleep better in its presence.

33. Rosemary

If you keep rosemary in your kitchen to add to meals, take and sprinkle some of it on your bedside table. That way you will double its relaxing effects on your mind.

34. Eucalyptus

You probably take many eucalyptus tablets when you’re ill. There is a reason for that. The plant helps with breathing issues. This makes it another great addition to this list.

35. Chrysanthemums

Next time you buy chrysanthemums for someone special, save a couple to yourself. Place them in your bedroom because they absorb the toxins from the air.

All plants thanks to their beauty and life affect your mind and mood positively. This influences your sleep, too, of course.

36. Succulents

Succulent plants along with a few other like orchids, areca palms, aloe vera, and more, keep producing clean air at night and are easy to grow. Lay these in your bedroom for extra oxygen and your restful sleep.

Final Thoughts:
Your Love to Plants Will Be Rewarded!

If getting adequate rest is a challenge to you, put plants in your bedroom. They will help you relax and get into the mood for rest.

Water your plants, talk to them, play music that stimulates them to grow - these are cares, which are rewarding and boost your mental and physical health.

Once you start to take care of plants, you will find that your sleep patterns normalize at night. It's easier to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning with a plant or two nearby.


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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