One of the biggest interior design trends – Biophilic – is bringing the outside indoors. An ideal way to do this is by bringing plants into your home. Not only do plants look great, but they also have amazing health benefits, and some can even aid your sleep. We look at seven of the best bedroom plants that will improve your sleep environment and help you sleep better.
1. Jasmine: best plant for relaxation
Jasmine plants have small white flowers and are very pretty. They give off a sweet scent that is often used in its essential oil form for relaxation. Studies show that this scent is linked to reduced anxiety levels and also improved sleep quality. Jasmine plants are quite easy to keep in a pot and look great in bedrooms. Place yours on the windowsill and water it regularly during flowering periods. You can let the top of the soil dry out slightly during non-flowering periods to avoid overwatering.
2. Snake: best plant for air purification
The snake plant (also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’) is a natural air purifier. It emits oxygen at night that helps you sleep better. It’s also known to remove some harmful chemicals from the air such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is often found in hairspray and can cause respiratory problems, so this is a great plant to have in the bedroom!
3. Valerian: best plant for inducing sleep
A valerian plant will look beautiful in your bedroom thanks to its small pink and white flowers. Aside from the sweet scent, valerian plants have been used for centuries to help with sleep problems including insomnia. Inhaling the scent of valerian root has been shown to induce sleep and improve the quality of sleep. If you’re struggling to sleep, add a few petals to your bath or ensure to take a sniff before you get into bed. These plants need around six hours of sun a day, so you’ll need to keep it on a sunny window sill.
4. Lavender: best plant for deeper sleep
The smell of lavender is recognised everywhere as a great aid for relaxation. Lavender has been proven to lower our heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom. It’s one of the most renowned plants to help you sleep. A study by the Miami Miller School of Medicine even showed that the scent of lavender in bath oil calmed babies and sent them off into a deeper sleep, while also reducing stress in the mother. Lavender plants like warmth and sunlight, so place yours on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly.
5. Peace Lily: best plant for increasing humidity
Like the snake plant, peace lilies are also amazing air cleaners, as studied by NASA. The added benefit of a peace lily is that it can increase room humidity by up to 5%. Increased humidity is great for breathing while asleep. Apartment Therapy says: ‘Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin and hair, increased susceptibility to colds and respiratory illnesses, and can allow viruses and germs to thrive’. Peace lilies also have beautiful white flowers and need little light and watering just once a week – great for bedrooms.
6. Golden Pothos: best plant for indoor hanging baskets
Also known as ‘Devil’s ivy’, this plant has marbled, heart-shaped leaves. Like the snake plant and peace lily, this plant is a super air purifier. Because of the way it grows, this plant looks best when put into a hanging basket which can be a stunning design feature in your bedroom. If you have small children or pets, this is a great alternative to a plant pot on a windowsill to keep it out of their way. These plants are extremely easy to look after, needing only a little sunlight and watering once a week.
7. Aloe Vera: best plant for improving air quality
This medicinal plant is a great addition to any home. It produces oxygen at night, so like the other plants listed, it will improve the air in your bedroom. This plant is known as a ‘succulent’ – it needs very little watering as it maintains moisture within its leaves. The gel from these leaves can be used to treat minor cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin. It is, therefore, a great plant to have around the house! Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy.
Which plants do you have in your bedroom? Let us know in the comments!