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6 Bedroom Plants That Help You Sleep Better

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Plants That Help You Sleep Better

Lavender, jasmine, rosemary, snake plant, spider plant, and English Ivy are a few bedroom plants that help you sleep better. Research suggests that these plants can lower your blood pressure and heart rate and soothe your senses, lulling you into peaceful slumber. While rosemary, jasmine, and lavender promote sleep by reducing stress and lifting mood, even in babies, snake and spider plants purify the air.

When you turn in for the night at the end of an exhausting day, you want nothing more than some peace and quiet and some restful sleep. A warm shower, dim lights, and soothing music can all induce sleep. Something else that can add to your nighttime relaxation ritual is having a couple of indoor plants in your bedroom.

Bedroom Plants Can Improve Your Overall Health

Whether or not to place indoor plants in the bedroom is a rather controversial issue. Some people believe that it can be harmful to keep plants in the bedroom at night because they emit carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen. Research suggests, however, that the amount of carbon dioxide released by plants at night is not significant enough to be harmful to humans and that the amount of oxygen they absorb is pretty minuscule.1

Plants release too little carbon dioxide at night to be harmful to humans.

In fact, keeping plants in the bedroom can promote overall well-being, help you sleep better, and even detoxify the air you breathe. Houseplants have been scientifically proven to culture microorganisms that can eliminate indoor air pollutants and chemicals.2

Houseplants are also capable of suppressing airborne germs and releasing water vapor into the environment.3

6 Bedroom Plants That Help You Sleep Better

Here are six plants that can be excellent additions to your bedroom space.

1. Lavender

lavender plant to help you sleep better

The benefits of lavender essential oil in boosting sleep quality are widely acknowledged. According to the National Sleep Foundation, lavender helps your body relax by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.4

Lavender aromatherapy has also been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body, aiding in relaxation and better blood circulation.5 The smell of lavender can also help calm fussy babies and get them to fall and stay asleep. And that means sweet dreams for the new parents as well!

Lavender can lull even fussy babies to sleep. It can reduce anxiety and lift mood.

Keeping a lavender plant in your bedroom can afford many of these same benefits that lavender essential oil does. This fragrant plant with its gorgeous blue blooms, native to the Mediterranean region, has been used as a sleep aid for centuries. In ancient times, people would fill pillows with lavender flowers and leaves to encourage more restful sleep. The distinct aroma of a lavender plant in your bedroom can facilitate better sleep, boost and lift mood, and reduce anxiety.6

Caring For Lavender

  • Keep your lavender plant near a south-facing window if possible.
  • Water the plant lightly whenever the top of the soil inside the pot feels dry. Make sure to not over-water because lavender roots are particularly prone to root rot due to excess water.
  • Some varieties of lavender can grow up to 3 feet tall and wide; so make sure to choose a smaller variety for indoor use.

2. Jasmine

jasmine plant to help you sleep better

With its delectably sweet fragrance and gorgeous white flowers, jasmine plants make for an excellent addition to any bedroom. To understand the value of keeping a jasmine plant in your bedroom, simply take a dekko at the dozens of benefits that jasmine essential oil proffers.

It comes highly recommended for help with depression, stress, fatigue, and anxiety. In fact, studies have shown that inhaling jasmine oil transmits signals to the limbic system – a region of the brain that regulates emotions as well as impacts the nervous system.7

Jasmine can lift your mood, calm you down, alleviate stress, and gently lull you to sleep.

Aromatherapy practitioners also recommend jasmine essential oil to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing and improve immune health. Studies have shown that subjects who inhaled the scent of jasmine while sleeping experienced deeper sleep, less movement throughout the night, and overall better quality of sleep.8

The intoxicating and delicious aroma wafting from a jasmine plant in your bedroom can, therefore, lift your mood, calm you down, alleviate stress, gently lull you to sleep, and help you get better sleep.

Caring For Jasmine

  • A jasmine plant should ideally be kept in a room with cooler temperatures, near a south-facing window.
  • Give it a plant support or trellis to help it grow.
  • Allow no more than 3–4 hours of sunlight for your jasmine.
  • Fertilize with indoor plant fertilizer in the spring and keep the soil moist (not soggy).
  • Prune the plant thoroughly in early spring to control size.

3. Rosemary

rosemary plant to help you sleep better

A commonly used herb for cooking purposes, rosemary can also help you get better sleep. Rosemary has been considered a memory booster for centuries in ancient medicine. Practitioners today recommend rosemary essential oil for supporting the nervous system and circulatory health, improving concentration, and relieving stress.9

Rosemary can improve your focus, boost your memory, and relieve stress.

Rosemary essential oil also helps regulate your mood and make you feel uplifted.10 A rosemary plant in the bedroom can help improve air quality and encourage better sleep. What’s not to love!

Caring For Rosemary

  • Often sold in small 6″ pots, rosemary can be grown as an annual plant indoors.
  • It can grow about 3 feet tall and wide; so make sure to prune in order to control size.
  • Water the soil when it feels dry and use a slow-release fertilizer in early spring.
  • Rosemary plants require about 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

4. Snake Plant

snake plant to help you sleep better

Don’t let its name scare you. Snake plants are actually an amazing addition to your bedroom. The plant can filter harmful toxins from the air you breathe, remove carbon dioxide from the air, and release oxygen all night long, helping you sleep better and wake up feeling energized. Snake plants are especially recommended for those with allergies and breathing issues such as asthma.11

Keep a snake plant indoors if you have asthma. It removes toxins from the air.

Research suggests that these plants are highly effective in removing harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from indoor areas.12 This is an extraordinarily resilient plant, considered almost impossible to kill!

Caring For Snake Plants

  • Snake plans don’t require a lot of light and are relatively low-maintenance plants.
  • Occasionally, dust the plant to clean it and water every once in a while.
  • You don’t even need to fertilize it.

5. Spider Plant

spider plant

Spider plants are also considered beneficial for indoor use because it is known to purify and detox the air you breathe when you’re indoors.13 It does this by filtering out airborne pollutants.14

Spider plants can remove 90% of the cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.

A NASA study showed that just like snake plants, spider plants can eliminate 90% of the potentially carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde from the air. The plant also absorbs unpleasant odors and fumes and is known to promote good sleep.15

Caring For Spider Plants

  • Spider plants are very resilient and very low-maintenance, needing only occasional watering.
  • Try hanging them near a window in a hanging basket.
  • The plant grows rapidly and looks beautiful cascading out of its basket.
  • It only needs a moderate amount of indirect sunlight and thrives with minimal care.

6. English Ivy

English ivy

English ivy is a great option if you’re looking to add a dash of greenery to your bedroom. Not only is it gorgeous to look at – there’s your pretty corner accent – it also helps purify the air inside your house.

The NASA Clean Air Study found that English ivy can reduce the amount of mold spores in your home environment.16 So keeping an English ivy plant in the bedroom or elsewhere can help people with mold allergies who experience mild to severe symptoms.

English Ivy helps if you have mold allergy, but keep it out of reach of kids and pets.

That said, English Ivy is also a poisonous plant and so take care to keep the plant out of the reach of kids and pets who may be attracted to the leaves and berries. The sap from the plant can also cause skin reactions in some people.17

Caring For English Ivy

  • Keep your English Ivy plant in a shady spot where it gets indirect light.
  • Also be sure to keep it away from AC vents and drafty areas.
  • This plant is known to grow vigorously; so it’s important to control its size by pruning regularly.
  • Water the plant when the soil feels dry to touch.

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6. Lavender. University of Maryland Medical Center.
7. Smell of jasmine ‘as calming as valium’. The Telegraph.
8. The Best Scents for Relaxation and Sleep. National Sleep Foundation.
9. Rosemary. University of Maryland Medical Center.
10. Sayorwan, Winai, Nijsiri Ruangrungsi, Teerut Piriyapunyporn, Tapanee Hongratanaworakit, Naiphinich Kotchabhakdi, and Vorasith Siripornpanich. “Effects of inhaled rosemary oil on subjective feelings and activities of the nervous system.” Scientia pharmaceutica 81, no. 2 (2012): 531-542.
11, 13. Houseplants That Do Double Duty Clearing Out Pollutants In Indoor Air. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
12. Sansevieria (Snake Plant). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
14. Spider Plant.
15. Spider Plants and Clean Air. National Wildlife Federation.
16. A study of interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement. NASA.
17. English ivy. Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility.