In today’s innovative world, there is no shortage of creative sleep solutions to help you sleep better. While most of these solutions require apps, attachments, or gadgets, there’s also a growing interest in natural and environmental sleep aids, like plants. Yes, plants!
It turns out that our wonderful, leafy companions have benefits beyond sprucing up our homes and purifying our air. You probably already have them in your office, your kitchen, your living room, and on your countertops. Why not complete the set and add them to your bedroom as well? After all, a calming bedroom is key to a good night’s rest!
Let’s take a look at five different plant species you can introduce into your bedroom to help you sleep better—the perfect excuse to buy more houseplants!
There’s a reason why lavender is such a popular aroma for oils, soaps, teas, and fragrances: It induces relaxation. Not only will the scent help calm you down before bed, there’s also evidence to suggest it may reduce your blood pressure and heart rate. Bedrooms should be a place of rest and relaxation, so lavender makes a perfect addition to your sleep environment—whether it’s dried, sprayed, or fresh from the plant.
You’re probably more familiar with aloe vera for its usefulness in treating sunburn—for all those times you forgot to wear sunscreen and ended up looking more like a lobster than a human! Oops. Well, it turns out that aloe is useful beyond its gel extract. In fact, it’s a great bedside plant, drawing in carbon dioxide at night, and releasing sweet, sweet oxygen. Sounds like a perfect bedroom companion to us!
You know this one! The plant with tall, leafy spikes that refuses to die no matter how long you forget to water it? We’ve all been there. Low maintenance, check. Looks good, check. Great for your bedroom, check! Snake plants are a dream for air quality, releasing oxygen into your room and drawing moisture out of the air. As purifiers, they’re also known to remove harmful airborne chemicals that might impact your nighttime breathing ability.
You might also know this plant by a different name: butterfly palm, golden cane palm, yellow palm, or bamboo palm. Regardless of what you call it, the areca palm, like the snake plant, is an effective air purifier. With its big, bushy, arching fronds, the areca is a natural humidifier—great if your bedroom air is too dry or arid. Plus, this lush plant can double as a privacy barrier if placed near a window.
Also known as spath or closet plants, peace lilies fall into the same category as the areca palm—air humidifiers and purifiers. A solid bedroom addition for areas with drier air, lilies may increase the humidity of your bedroom by up to 5%, allowing for increased breathing!
So, there you have it: Five different house plants that will relax you, purify your air, help you breathe easier, and lull you off to sleep. If you’re still struggling to sleep (surrounded by all of your beautiful plants) you may have a sleep disorder that needs treatment. Book a complimentary sleep consultation for a better sleep, better health, and a better you.
We wrote this post with reference to an article by the Planteria Group. You can read the full article here.