Plants not only enhance the look and feel of your bedroom, but they can help you sleep better, too. They can help remove toxins from the air, fight off bacteria, and even aid with asthma and allergies. If you have a green thumb and you need to get better rest, try surrounding yourself with the following plants.
Lavender not only offers one of most craved aromas in history, but it has also been shown to help babies sleep deeper and to enhance deep sleep in men. Depending on the type of lavender you buy, the stalks are usually about 12” tall with deep purple flowers on the ends. They need a lot of light when they’re starting out, but they maintain easily and thrive in a dry environment.
According to NASA, aloe helps filter toxins that are common in many homes, like formaldehyde and benzene. In exchange for these, it emits oxygen. These succulents end up between 24” and 39” tall, and they do best when you leave them alone. In fact, the most common reason aloe plants die is that they receive too much water!
The Peace Lily is beautiful and useful, too. It also filters toxins, per NASA, and it can also raise your bedroom’s humidity by up to 5%. This can help you avoid dryness in your sinuses, throat, eyes, and more, which can wake you at night. It can also help suppress airborne particles that can cause allergies. Most of the plants grow up to 16” and they will produce more flowers with more light. Water them once a week and they’ll be happy plants.
This flower’s bright colors will make you feel better, but the scent is also as effective against anxiety as certain medications. If anxious thoughts keep you awake at night, try keeping this by your bed and inhaling its fragrance before you sleep. There are over 400 types of this plant, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. To thrive, plant the passion flower so it will drain well and put it by a window.
Chamomile can help you breathe better and sleep better, especially when you use its leaves in tea. Keep one close by your bed so you can sip the tea right before you fall asleep. The plants are usually 8”-24” in height. They require full sun or partial shade and a moderate amount of water.
This plant is also known for its ability to remove toxins from your air, and it is low-maintenance and hardy, too. The toxins these plants remove can cause disease or make it harder to breathe. The plants can live almost anywhere, but they like indirect sunlight, soil that drains well, and a moderate amount of water.
Jasmine’s sweet scent reduces anxiety and improves sleep quality, so there’s really no reason not to keep it nearby when you’re sleeping. You can let your jasmine grow into a tree or prune it to a more manageable height. The plants prefer direct sunlight and you can water them until the soil is moist to the touch.
The Snake Plant is another NASA-approved toxin remover. Specifically, it takes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, toluene, and xylene out of your air. It is inexpensive, with leaves that grow up to a foot tall. Indirect sunlight is best and don’t water it too much!
Rubber Tree Plant
This is yet another plant that will help remove dangerous toxins from your air. It can grow up to 50 feet tall, but you can prune it to the right size for your room. It’s sparse green leaves require quite a bit of water in the growing season but less for the rest of the year. If the leaves collect dust, feel free to wipe them with a damp cloth.
This is another flower with a potent smell that helps you sleep, potentially as well as taking a Valium. Gardenias vary in size based on the type you buy, and they require some finesse to maintain. Finding the right balance of light and water for the plant in your home may take some effort, but that’s worth it if you are sleeping well!
NASA found that the Spider Plant, all by itself, reduces toxins in the air by up to 90%! These plants can thrive almost anywhere, though they prefer temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Water your Spider Plant sparingly, and it will stay around for a long time.
The scent of Valerian can help you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. The long stalks with tiny pink or white flowers on top can grow up to 5 feet tall, though most houseplants will be smaller. Make sure the plant gets 6 hours of sun a day and your new sleep aid should stay around for a long time.
English Ivy is a workhorse of air purification. It helps sufferers of asthma and allergies, so they can rest easy. It works fast, too, removing up to 94% of the feces in the air and 78% of the mold in just 12 hours! The plant will spread to fill whatever space you give it, at a height of up to 8 inches. It only needs moderate sunlight and water. Just make sure your pets and kids can’t get to it, as the leaves can be toxic.
Golden Pothos is another popular air purifying plant. It can be quite large, sometimes over 10 feet tall!! It’s easy to care for though, only requiring a couple of hours of sunlight every week and a little bit of water. These leaves are also toxic, so place your plant accordingly.
Not only does Elecampane feature yellow, daisy-like flowers, but it is also effective against every kind of streptococcus bacteria, including MRSA. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat lung diseases, too. Your Elecampane will end up between 3 and 6 feet tall. It needs full or partial sunlight and should not be overwatered.
Whether you have a few plants in your room or many, make sure they are ones that will help you get the sleep you need.