9 houseplants for better sleep, because a little indoor gardening could really help you sleep

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – houseplants are the best. There are so many reasons why they are an absolute must and I could certainly bore you for days on the subject. But guys, did you know they could actually help you get your 40 winks? Yes, instead of the 20 you currently get. This is not an exercise and I will tell you about some of the best houseplants for better sleep. Hold on.

So yes, it seems that indoor plants do even more than make a house a home. Certain plants are particularly valued for their air-purifying properties. Which is absolutely vital to promoting a good night’s sleep, as breathing is about as important as it gets. According to the Hunker Home website, they can also helps as a natural humidifier to avoid dry sinuses and what I call “crusty noses” or “ringing noses” – which has probably ended several relationships.

Additionally, a 2015 study by Chungnam National University in Korea found active interaction with your houseplants (like touching and smelling them) reduction of physiological and psychological stress in participants. Which, let me tell you, adds further credibility to the belief that having a chinwag with your plant friends is good not only for them but also for you.


Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is more than just a topical friend to help your various ailments. Oh no love. As Subway aloe vera reports produces oxygen at night which means your air will be purified and breathing will be greatly improved.

In my experience, it’s also quite easy to stay happy and healthy.


bamboo palm tree

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Not only is it cute as hell and great for the faux-oasis reality, but according to the NASA Clean Air Study, the bamboo palm is also great for purifying toxins like formaldehyde of air, which is ideal for making your bedroom the perfect place to take a nap.

Did I mention how cute it is too?


english ivy

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Ivy should be 100% part of your plant shelf, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to help you nap.

A 2003 study found that dried ivy leaf extract can help children with asthma breathe easier (which means having one live can’t hurt, can it?). Additionally, according to WebMD, a 2005 study found the plant can reduce allergen levels including airborne mold, helping allergy sufferers sleep more soundly.



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OK, big duh on this one because everyone knows lavender is associated with relaxation and sleep, right? Well, science has only backed that up. A study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes Of Health found that “lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and improves sleep in very young infants”. Aliases one drop of lavender oil in your bath does wonders.

You can also dry it and use it even when it’s not in bloom, so it’s basically a win-win, if you ask me. However, you better have a sunny AF bedroom. Because in my personal experience, these plants love the sun and you don’t want to see it all sad and shriveled, do you?



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Yes, you guessed it, not only gorgeous but absolutely dreamy in its ability to, uh, help you dream. So much so that the brains to NASA had placed it at the top of the list in a study they did so in 1989 as Indoor Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Reduction.

Well, if it’s good enough for astronauts, it’s good enough for you, isn’t it?



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Bromeliad is another type of tropical plant that is not only divine, but also very eager to help you get a good night’s sleep.

During the day, they soak up all that dastardly carbon monoxide and, according to Pro Flowers, in the evening release heaps of oxygen so you can breathe and rest easily.


snake plant

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The snake plant is AF resistant and will give your home a fresh look straight out of an interior magazine. Yes baby, I said it. Interior review.

The NASA study I mentioned earlier have also found them to be great for purifying formaldehyde, trichlorethylene and benzene from the air. So say goodbye to toxic air and hello to fabulous freshness. Both in the quality of the air and in the way you feel, fresh as a daisy, after a good night’s sleep.


Spider Plant

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Another one of those plants that is so easy to care for if you can’t keep it alive, it’s almost a skill in itself.

According to this NASA study, these plants are helpful in absorbing poisonous benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene. And as AccuWeather reports, they filter odors are therefore useful, especially if your home is less lush.

So not only will you be helped in terms of respiratory issues, but you may not be kept awake by that mysterious smell.


chinese evergreen leaves


Chinese evergreens are perfect for your bedside table because, according to the Flower Council Of Holland, they not only purify the air but they need little to no attention and they can do well in low light conditions.

So you can fall asleep watching something beautiful and breathe easy.


Above all, the rest, relaxation and joy felt by looking at your plants will make you happy as a clam and sleep like a baby.