Six Plants that May Improve Sleep
If you’ve tried every trick in the book to get to sleep, but still feel yourself tossing and turning every night, maybe it’s your bedroom that’s to blame. After all, if your environment isn’t conducive to sleep, you definitely won’t be comfortable, no matter how hard you try. And one major thing your bedroom might be missing? A plant.
That’s right: There are several bedroom plants out there that can actually help you fall asleep faster. “Houseplants not only enhance the overall appearance of a space—studies have shown they can also boost your mood, enhance your creativity, reduce your stress levels, increase your productivity, bring you tranquility, maintain indoor humidity levels, produce oxygen, and naturally filter air pollutants,” says Erin Marino of online plant shop The Sill. “You could say plants are quite the multi-taskers!”
However, Marino notes that certain plants work better in the bedroom than others—namely, their relaxing scents, air purifying properties, and easy maintenance make them winners for helping you get the best sleep ever.
1. The Snake Plant
Marino loves the snake plant because of how low-maintenance it is, but another huge benefit is its spot on NASA’s list of top purifying plants. “Snake plants have been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene,” explains Marino. “It is also one of few houseplants that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night; something most houseplants only do during the day.” This increase in air quality will lead to better sleep—particularly if you’re prone to allergies.
2. Live Lavender
If you’ve ever sniffed some lavender essential oil and automatically felt your worries disappear, you’ll realize why this fragrant plant made the list. “If there’s enough light, you can easily grow lavender indoors,” says Jesse Waldman of Pistils Nursery, a Portland, Oregon-based plant shop that ships nationwide. “Its foliage and blossoms are chock full of fragrant oils that have been know to help people relax, improve mood, and make you sleepy.”
3. Golden Pothos
Another great air purifier, the Golden Pothos gets Waldman’s stamp of approval because it’s so easy to care for. “It doesn’t require too much light, and it’s beautiful, too,” he says. “It happily cascades in a hanging planter, or you can train it to climb up a trellis or moss pole.”
4. Heartleaf Philodendron
“This easy-care, trailing plant with vibrant, green, heart-shaped leaves is particuarly effective at absorbing formaldehyde from indoor air,” says Marino. “Dry indoor air can be blamed for a host of ailments, including respiratory problems, sore throats, colds, and even skin breakouts. Indoor plants help to maintain, and in some cases, increase, humidity levels by emitting water vapor during transpiration.” The Heartleaf Philodendron is great for homes with particularly high ceilings.
“Ferns have been shown to filter foraldehyde, xylene, and toluen,” explains Marino. This pretty variation is characterized by its bright green, ripple-edged fronds, and thrives in a humid environment—so, ideally a bathroom, or in the summer. It has a huge effect on indoor air pollutants.
6. Spider Plant
“This is the plant that keeps on giving,” says Waldman of the hanging Spider Plant. “It filters the air, making for a restful sleep, and produces plentiful plantlets or ‘pups’ that can be separated out from the mother plant and gifted to friends, or stockpiled for extra air purification.”