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Bedroom plants that help you sleep

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17 May 20227 min read

As we head into summer, you may want to start bringing the outside, inside! So we’re here to give you a rundown of the bedroom plants that help you sleep better.

If you’re looking for some help to soothe you to sleep, then plants are a great budget-friendly option — and they can make your room look and smell better too! Why not read on to find out which bedroom plants can help you achieve a better night’s sleep.

Three plants on a bed

Do plants improve sleep?

When you’re looking for the best plants for your bedroom, there is a question you need to ask yourself — what are you looking for in your new plant? 
Below, we’ve listed some of the different ways in which plants for your bedroom can improve your sleep:

  • They’re natural sedatives
  • They act as air purifiers
  • They can relieve allergy symptoms

Read on to find out exactly how these factors can impact your sleep and which bedroom plants can help you to sleep better.

Best plants to promote deep sleep

Certain plants can help you enjoy a more restful sleep because their smells act as a natural mild sedative. This simply means that the smell of these bedroom plants can make you feel more relaxed as you wind down to bed.


Lavender is well known throughout history for being used as a sleep aid. In the Victorian era, it is believed that men and women used to put lavender under their pillows to help them to sleep.

There are even studies that suggest that lavender oil can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure if you’re feeling stressed.

So, if you often feel anxious at night, smelling the lavender on your bedside table may help you to fall asleep. This makes it one of the best plants to help you sleep better.

Lavender plant on a bedside table


Valerian root is often used in sleep medicine to relax your body and induce sleep. It’s even used to treat insomnia. In its plant form, the smell of valerian in your room may make falling asleep that little bit easier.

Why not try adding some valerian to your bedroom and enjoy a deeper sleep?

Valerian bouquet on a wooden table


Jasmine is a very pretty plant with delicate white flowers. As well as making your bedroom look beautiful, it gives off a sweet-smelling fragrance. Similar to lavender, many people believe that this plant can decrease stress and anxiety.

Jasmine is very popular in stress-relieving perfumes and candles used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a way of using natural plant scents and other smells to improve your health and sleep.

If you often find it hard to relax, why not invest in a jasmine plant to help you sleep?

Jasmine flowers in a basket on a bed


Gardenia is another plant that can help you sleep better. This is because the chemicals found in the flower can activate the receptors in your brain that can make you feel drowsy. 

It is believed that gardenia is one of the best natural sedatives found in the UK. It’s a great plant for people who take a long time to fall into a deep sleep.

Gardenia plant on a bedside table

If you’d like to learn more about how plants are used to induce sleep, our post on CBD oil and its sleep benefits can help you out!

Best plants to reduce allergy symptoms

Do you often wake up in the night sneezing and coughing because of your allergies? Most allergies are triggered by dust mites and mould lingering in the air. This is usually because the air in your bedroom is too humid, creating the perfect environment for mould and dust mites to thrive. Our top selection of allergy-reducing plants can help to remove humid air and lingering toxins.

If you experience sinus issues, you may benefit more from a plant that acts as a humidifier. This is because dry air can make sleeping comfortable. It can also make your throat feel dry as you sleep.

Here we have a selection of plants that can help you sleep better through a range of allergy symptoms.

Snake plant

One of the best plants for reducing the humidity in your room is the snake plant! Snake plants emit the most oxygen at night and remove harmful toxins in the air, which can help you to have a better night’s sleep.

To breathe easier at night, we’d suggest getting your hands on a snake plant!

Snake plant next to bed

Areca palm

This exotic looking areca palm will add an extra touch of greenery to your room while acting as a natural humidifier. This means that the palm adds extra moisture to the air in your room. Its humidifying effect can help alleviate the symptoms of sinus issues. 

House plants like the areca can also elevate the style of your room, why not check out how you can use plants in your rented home renovations?

If you’ve noticed that the air in your bedroom is quite dry, an areca palm may make sleeping just a little bit more comfortable.

Areca palm next to a bed

English ivy

English ivy is a fantastic option if you’re mainly looking to relieve your allergy symptoms. This climbing plant collects airborne mould — a common cause of coughing and sneezing during sleep. 

As English ivy is another great air purifier, it may help to reduce your allergies while you sleep and help you to breathe better.

English ivy in a pot on bedroom shelf

If your allergies are the main reason for your disturbed sleep, we recommend also investing in a hypoallergenic mattress or anti-allergy mattress protector. The protector will keep your mattress clear of dust and hair, preventing them from becoming trapped in your mattress and triggering your allergies.

Best plants for purifying the air

It is believed that the cleaner the oxygen you breathe, the more restful your sleep will be. All of the plants listed below are great air purifiers, and release larger amounts of oxygen compared with other types of house plants. 

Cleaner and fresher oxygen mean that you can sleep more comfortably,  your brain to properly rest. This also means that when you wake up, you may feel more refreshed and better focused.

To enjoy a healthier night’s sleep, why not see which plant might make a difference to your sleep?


Wouldn’t it be great if there was a plant that released the most oxygen at night? Well, that’s exactly what the aloe plant family does! These stylish houseplants need very little maintenance and provide clean air exactly when you need it most — while you sleep.

Aloe vera has been used throughout history for its health benefits, including sunburns, bites and dry skin. So as well as keeping your bedroom fresh, its leaves also have a variety of practical uses.

Aloe vera on a bedroom desk

Golden pothos

The golden pothos has been named one of the top air-purifying plants, according to a study conducted by NASA. These big, leafy bedroom houseplants not only look stunning but will keep the air in your bedroom nice and fresh, making breathing that little bit easier at night.

The golden pothos is the plant to buy going into the summer months, so head down to your local garden centre and grab one for a better night’s sleep.

Golden pothos in a pot

Peace lily

Like the golden pothos, peace lilies are also on NASA’s top list of air purifiers, making them one of the best plants to help you sleep better. As well as purifying the air, removing toxins and increasing humidity, the peace lily releases large amounts of oxygen throughout the entire day. 

The one thing to remember about peace lilies is that they are toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach! 

Peace lily on a bedside table

You’ll be sure to feel the positive effects of investing in an air-purifying plant after the first few nights!

Summary of the best plants to help you sleep

Now you know all about the different types of house plants that help you sleep better, here’s a little summary table to show how exactly these plants can aid your sleep

House plantPromotes deep sleepPurifies the airReduces allergy symptomsToxic to pets
Snake plantyesyesyes
Areca palmyesyes
English ivyyesyesyes
Golden pothosyesyesyes
Peace lilyyesyesyes

Hopefully, you’ve now been inspired to turn your bedroom into your own forest! You can slowly build up your collection of house plants that help you sleep and feel the benefits over time. From promoting deeper sleep, reducing your allergy symptoms and purifying the air — there’s definitely a bedroom houseplant for you. So, the best plants for your bedroom are plants that help you sleep better!

Or, if you’re looking to completely revolutionise your sleeping experience, check out our fantastic range of mattresses and beds. We also have an extensive range of mattress accessories if you’d rather just add an extra layer of luxury to your sleep.