Sleeping peacefully is as important to humans as eating food and drinking water. Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep means worsening of our productivity level. A prolonged state of sleeplessness may also result in bad health. According to health experts, there is nothing better than adding up some greenery space in your bedroom to ensure you sleep well.
Plants in your bedroom ensure that your room’s air is naturally purified and you breathe fresh. Moreover, plants are known to remove anxiety and stress, exactly what you want when you are in your favourite zone.
But did you know that placing plants in your bedroom can help you get a good night’s sleep? Yes, there are lots of indoor plants that can improve your sleep quality, like my personal favourite, the snake plant, as It releases a lot of oxygen during the night and absorbs the carbon dioxide we exhale. Not only that, but snake plants also eliminate toxins in the air to help us breathe easier.
Several factors can keep us from getting the rest we need, including insomnia, anxiety, stress and poor air quality. Luckily, there are many natural remedies that can help facilitate the rest we need. Simply introducing certain plant species into your bedroom can help reduce stress, boost your mood, and promote a more restful sleep.
There’s a myth that sleeping with plants in your bedroom is bad for you. This may be due to a misunderstanding about plants respiration. Many plants give off oxygen during the day and carbon dioxide at night. Some have misunderstood that plants produce carbon monoxide, which is lethal in high doses. There is also confusion about how much carbon dioxide that plants produce. The amount of carbon dioxide that plants emit at night is far less than a person or pet sleeping in the same bed produces, and therefore not a health concern.
Tips for Keeping Plants in Your Bedroom
- If you’re looking for the benefit of additional oxygen, keep the plants close to your bed.
- If you or your partner have allergies to mold, be aware of plants making symptoms worse. Houseplants can have mold in the soil, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you find that you get a runny or stuffy nose or watery eyes, you may be reacting to the plant.
- Don’t keep toxic plants in the house if you have young children or animals.
- Be aware of what conditions your plants need to shine. Don’t purchase plants that require direct sunlight if you can’t get that in your bedroom.
So, if you want to breathe fresh air and get some good night’s sleep too, check out these 12 effective bedroom plants, how to take care of them, and the best place to display them in your bedroom. Since what works best is different for each person, we’ve listed them without a specific order.
- Snake plant
The best bedroom plant companion because it increases oxygen levels to improve breathing and helps have a more restful sleep. It’s also great for purifying formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. It also converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night.
Snake plants prefer bright indirect light and to be watered once a week or when the soil is dry. You can place your snake plant near your bedroom window or at an empty corner of the room. Commonly known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant has long thick leaves that do not wither out even in the harshest weather conditions.
It requires indirect sunlight and not a lot of water. In fact, you can leave it for weeks at a time and it will still look great.
- Aloe Vera
One of the most popular houseplants to soothe cuts and sunburn. Aloe vera is a great bedroom plant to help you sleep better because it eliminates toxins like benzene and formaldehyde and releases oxygen at night, which helps you breathe easier while you sleep.
This plant has various medicinal properties as It’s famous for its many uses: healing sunburn, cuts, insect bites, minor burns, helping dry skin, it reduces constipation, and it reduces blood sugar levels. But it’s also an air purifier. Aloe vera is an easy to maintain green plant that releases oxygen during the night making the bedroom’s air clean and fresh.
Aloe vera is best placed on your shelf or table. Make sure to give it enough bright indirect sunlight. Also, only water your aloe vera when its soil is dry. Though aloe vera has many health benefits for humans, it can be toxic to animals. According to the Pet poison hotline, it’s mild to moderately poisonous to cats and dogs, so don’t keep it in an area where they can eat it.
- Peace lily
For those who want to add beauty to their bedroom along with purification of air, peace lily is a perfect choice. The plant cleanses air in your room by at least 60 per cent. The moisture released by this plant ups the humidity levels in the room ensuring that all the airborne microbes that could cause allergies die.
Peace lilies are considered to be one of the best bedroom plants for purifying different toxins in the air and helping you sleep peacefully every night. However, this houseplant is toxic to pets and children, so it’s best to place it somewhere where they can’t reach it. Peace lily prefers bright indirect light, and its soil needs to be moist, but be careful of overwatering since it might cause root spoil.
- Spider plant
The spider plant removes formaldehyde from the air, which is a common carcinogen found in many household products and items. This plant is known to kill toxins and allergens by up to 90 per cent in your bedroom. It is especially recommended for those who have dust allergies. It also absorbs unwanted odours from the room to ensure the air is fresh.
Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of. They require little water, and it’s best to wait until the soil is dry until you water them so the roots don’t spoil. Use a soil that drains well. They do better in bright light but do fine in lower-light conditions.
- Chinese evergreen
This is one of the most recommended indoor plants as it grows well in low light. It is known to remove toxins from your bedroom’s air ensuring you breathe clean air while you snooze away in your comfort zone. Chinese Evergreen is versatile and able to handle different types of indoor environments. This plant grows about 2 to 3 feet tall
The Chinese Evergreen has dark green, pointed leaves with patterns of white, cream or red, and can thrive in minimal light, making it a perfect addition to the bedroom. The Chinese evergreen is effective at removing toxins, specifically benzene and formaldehyde, from the air. Chinese evergreen is a low-maintenance plant and it increases oxygen levels in your bedroom to improve breathing while you sleep.
The appearance and scent of this exotic plant are quite soothing that is why you see so many jasmine-based teas, bath, and perfume products on the market. Most jasmine flowers are white, but there are other shades in yellow, light pink and ivory.
There are many studies, such as one in 2002 from Wheeling Jesuit University found that jasmine was more effective than lavender in creating higher quality sleep. Participants were measured for how long it took them to fall asleep and how much they moved. Those who breathed jasmine plant’s fragrance rated their anxiety levels lower, performed cognitive tests quicker upon awakening, and it created a higher level of awareness in the afternoon, helping students focus on studying.
Jasmine is known to add fresh and fragrant air to your bedroom that helps provide a soothing effect to your body and mind. Jasmine requires direct sunlight in the spring and summer, indirect light in the winter, and only needs to be watered until the soil is moist (and less after the bloom declines). Use porous soil.
It’s a great bedroom plant because it reduces stress and induces sleep. Plus, it also fights insomnia. Place it at your bedside table for uninterrupted rest. Also, water it every week. Keep its soil moist and well-drained. Gardenias require bright, indirect light, for at least 4 hours per day and high humidity levels. If your bedroom isn’t very humid, you’ll need to regularly spray them with water.
Gardenias have thick glossy leaves and fragrant blossoms. You can grow these sleep-inducing plants in containers and keep them in your room. Caring for these flowering plants may seem a bit labor-intensive but when the result is a good night’s sleep, it’s definitely worth it!
Chamomile looks like a daisy. They have long stems, white petals, and yellow centres. Chamomile is high on the list of sleep-inducing plants, especially when brewed in tea, used as bath products, or placed in potpourri.
Chamomile is a great bedroom plant because it improves sleep quality and fights insomnia. Also, it reduces stress and anxiety. Place your chamomile plant at your bedside table with a fresh pot of lavender to help you sleep better. Chamomile requires full sun for it to grow and bloom. Also, it’s best to water it once a week.
Lavender is a popular bedroom plant because it creates a relaxing environment and improves sleep quality. Plus, the smell of lavender reduces stress levels. It’s best to place this beautiful houseplant on your shelf or bedside table.
Lavender’s pleasant aroma is known to help women fall asleep, calm crying babies and have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Grow lavender directly in your room place it near a window with direct sunlight or under a plant grow light, well-drained soil, and require deep but infrequent watering when the soil is almost dry. Lavender growing kits are available at your favourite garden store.
- English Ivy
One of the must-have bed-room plants because it helps relieve asthma symptoms and allergies. It’s best to place this houseplant on top of your shelf or table where your kids or pets can’t reach it since it’s toxic if ingested.
With detoxifying effects and nicely-formed foliage, English Ivy is in the same realm as Aloe vera and spider plants when it comes to absorbing allergens. However, English Ivy is toxic, so if you have pets or small children, you’ll want to keep it out of their reach.
It’s an aggressive plant and a great climber, so you have to be careful if you have it growing outside-it can climb a tree and block the tree’s exposure to sunlight, making it more likely to fall. English ivy needs bright, indirect light and should be watered every week to keep it alive.
- Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms are large indoor plants that reduce airborne toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. It’s a great bedroom plant because it gives off a warm and clean feel to the space. Plus, it raises the humidity to reduce sinus trouble.
Thanks to its exotic origins and appearance, the Bamboo Palm will bring almost tropical feel to your bedroom and it’s easy to care for when the soil is kept moist and it’s placed in indirect sunlight. Place your bamboo palm plant near your bedroom window to help them absorb enough light. Also, make sure to water it 1-3 times a week. Adding a Bamboo Palm to your bedroom will allow you to ditch those chemical air fresheners, as it filters out airborne toxins and odours, while also boosting the oxygen levels in your home.
- Golden Pothos
One of the easiest and low-maintenance bedroom plants that are perfect for newbies and forgetful plant owners. Golden pothos is another air-purifying plant that eliminates toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
It’s best to place this plant on top of your shelf or in hanging baskets since its tendrils can grow as much as 30 feet. Place your golden pothos plant somewhere it can get bright, indirect light and water it once a week or when the top of the soil is dry.