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11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep

Stress, anxiety, or something else. Whatever is preventing you from sleeping at night is making your days exhausting and unproductive.

But before you think about reaching for the sleeping pills, consider a convenient and completely natural solution to this problem.

One of the best things you can do to transform your bedroom into a sleep haven is introducing plants that can promote sleep.

Many studies have suggested that exposure to houseplants and flowering plants can induce calm and reduce stress and anxiety while promoting more positive feelings. 

Let’s look into what more benefits plants have to offer.


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Benefits of Sleep Inducing Bedroom Plants

  • Improves air quality by removing toxic chemicals from the indoor environment
  • Improve oxygen content in the air making it suitable for healthy respiration environment
  • Regulate the CO2 content and humidity levels
  • Certain fragrances can help induce sleep quickly
  • Fresh air and fragrance will relieve stress and anxiety promoting relaxation

With so many benefits to offer, keep any of these 11 plants inside your bedroom to improve your sleep and well being.

Lavender (induces sleep through fragrance)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Lavender
  • Flowery Outdoor Plant 
  • One of the most effective fragrances used in aromatherapy treatment
  • Effective against insomnia. Lavender slows down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, reduces the overall stress levels, and induces a good night’s sleep.
  • Requires direct sunlight and thrives in dry conditions. Keep by the window.
  • An excellent choice for bedrooms for its sleep-inducing scent and purple color.
  • Safe for external use like applying its oil on the skin and inhaling its scent. 
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – Its sap may be toxic if ingested causing headache and constipation. 
  • Keep away from pets – Contains linalool which can be toxic to animals.

Jasmine (induces sleep through fragrance)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Jasmine
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  • Flowery Outdoor Plant
  • Packs one of the most exotic scents and popularly used in aromatherapy treatment.
  • Its fragrance is effective in reducing anxiety and inducing sleep. The sedative properties of Jasmine has been shown to improve sleep quality. Research also suggests it has a positive effect on alertness levels and improves focus. 
  • 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. Prefers cooler temperatures and can tolerate up to 4 hours per day of direct sunlight.
  • An excellent choice for bedrooms for the soothing effects of its fragrance and pretty tiny white or yellow flowers.
  • Considered safe for Humans – The flowers are safe if ingested. But its sap, stem, leaves, etc. may be poisonous. 
  • Considered safe for pets.

Gardenia (induces sleep through fragrance)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Gardenia
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  • Flowery Outdoor House Plant
  • Commonly used in essential oils for aromatherapy treatment.
  • Its fragrance has relaxation properties comparable to that of valium. The sedative features of its scent can help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality. Gardenia can also be useful for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Gardenia thrives in bright indirect light and high levels of humidity.
  • Just like jasmine, it is an excellent choice for bedrooms for its relaxing fragrance and pretty tiny white blooms.
  • Considered safe for Humans – The flowers are safe if ingested. 
  • Keep away from pets – Considered toxic for some animals with mild diarrhea, vomiting, and hives as the most common symptoms.

Valerian (induces sleep through fragrance)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Valerian
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  • Flowery Outdoor House Plant
  • One of the most commonly used herbs for inducing sleep, valerian extracts from its roots are used in teas. When inhaled, the valerian plant can help people with insomnia fall asleep faster and improve their sleep quality.
  • The valerian plant requires lots of sunlight and regular watering.
  • It can be an excellent choice for bedrooms for its vanilla-like sleep-inducing fragrance with pretty tiny white and pink flowers.
  • Safe for Humans – Considered fairly safe when ingested in moderation.
  • Safe for Pets – Considered fairly safe when ingested in moderation

English Ivy (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - English Ivy
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  • Indoor Climbing House Plant
  • Purifies the air and cleans the air of mold and other allergens
  • Thrives in low-light and low-temperature conditions
  • Researched by NASA and is an excellent choice for spaces that need fresh air like the bedroom
  • An excellent choice for people suffering from different allergies
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – Its sap contains chemicals that can cause extreme irritation leading to an allergic reaction with shortness of breath as a possible symptom.
  • Keep away from pets – Contains saponins that are toxic to animals.

Snake plant (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Snake Plant
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  • Indoor House Plant
  • One of the best air-purifying house plants to have according to NASA. It makes indoor spaces clean and purifies the air by absorbing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene. Unlike most plants, it continues to produce oxygen at night while taking in carbon dioxide, which promotes better sleep at night.
  • The Snake plant doesn’t require direct sunlight and only sparingly needs water, helping it thrive in indoor conditions with minimal maintenance.
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – May be harmful when ingested with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as possible symptoms.
  • Keep away from pets – Contains saponins that are toxic to animals.

Aloe Vera (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Aloe Vera
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  • Outdoor Houseplant
  • Best known for its medicinal and cosmetic uses, aloe vera is one of the best air-purifying plants. Products with aloe vera extracts can help to soothe your mind, induce sleep, and to enhance your overall mental alertness and clarity. Like the snake plant, it continues to produce oxygen at night while taking in carbon dioxide, which promotes better sleep at night.
  • The aloe vera plant thrives in direct sunlight and only requires water very sparingly.
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – The yellow-colored aloe latex is considered to be harmful when ingested with stomach cramps, kidney problems, irregular heartbeat, and muscle weakness as possible symptoms.
  • Keep away from pets – Contains anthraquinone glycosides that can be mildly toxic to animals causing vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, depression, anorexia, and tremors.

Golden Pothos (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Golden Pothos
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  • Indoor Climbing House Plant
  • Another NASA approved house plant which is an exceptional choice to purify the air in indoor spaces. Effective in removes toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde to improve air quality and promote better sleep.
  • The Golden pothos thrives in low light conditions and sparingly requires water making it easy to maintain.
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – Considered harmful when ingested with nausea, vomiting, and skin irritation as possible symptoms.
  • Keep away from pets – Contains calcium oxalate that is toxic to animals.

Spider Plant (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Spider Plant
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  • Indoor House Plant
  • One of the best air-purifying plants recommended by NASA, Spider plants are capable of absorbing up to 90% of the formaldehyde (a common carcinogen) from indoor spaces. This makes the air in indoor spaces fresh and clean. It also gets rid of chemicals like benzene, carbon monoxide, and xylene, all of which are shown to cause headaches and brain fog. This purification of air promotes a healthy sleeping environment.
  • Spider plants can thrive in bright to low light conditions and require water only sparingly, making it a low maintenance bedroom plant.
  • Safe for Humans – Considered safe for children and adults.
  • Safe for Pets – Considered safe for animals. Cats are more attracted to this plant and ingesting might cause mild levels of upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Elecampane or Inula helenium (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Elecampane or Inula helenium
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  • Flowery Outdoor House Plant
  • Elecampane is a vintage herb and is commonly used as an ingredient in absinthe, vermouth, and some perfumes.
  • Elecampane is known for its medicinal properties, especially in the treatment of cough and lung diseases like asthma, COPD, and bronchitis. Studies have found it to be very effective against many bacterias that cause major infections. It’s also used to improve stomach functioning, treating nausea and diarrhea. Cleaning the air of harmful bacteria and other indoor pollutants make it effective in supporting healthy sleep.
  • It thrives in full to partial sunlight and requires regular watering.
  • Safe for Humans – Considered safe when ingested in moderation.
  • Safe for Pets – Considered safe for animals.

Peace lily (Cleans air)

11 Best Bedroom Plants That Will Help You Sleep - Peace lily
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  • Indoor House Plant
  • Another one of NASA approved air-purifying plants, the peace lily is effective in removing toxins like benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from indoor spaces. It also regulates indoor humidity making it a suitable option as a humidifier in dry environments.
  • Peace lilies thrive in shade to semi-shade conditions and require water only sparingly.
  • Do not ingest and keep away from small children – Considered very toxic when ingested causing burning and swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty swallowing.
  • Keep away from pets – Contains calcium oxalate that is toxic to animals.

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