Most plant lovers already know that there are tons of health benefits associated with indoor houseplants. They have a calming influence, they make us feel relaxed, and they introduce soothing green to liven up any room.

With all these benefits, it’s almost a no-brainer that keeping a plant or two in your bedroom could also bring these same qualities to your sleep space.

With proper plant selection, growing houseplants in your bedroom is perfectly safe and there are SO many varieties to choose from. Recent research even suggests that certain indoor plants can improve the air quality as well as absorb carbon dioxide while you sleep. Some varieties of indoor plants also filter harmful formaldehyde, benzene, and allergens from the air, improving air quality in our homes. Others release relaxing and tranquilizing essential oils that help us fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper, making them excellent houseplants for the bedroom.

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Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a plant-newbie, there is a houseplant (or two!) that can thrive in your bedroom and do wonders for your sleep.

Benefits of Bedroom Plants

The benefits of plants in a bedroom, in particular, are countless, but here are a few fairly significant ones:

  • They make a room look more alive, bright, and are visually pleasing to wake up to every day.
  • Taking care of plants, and even touching a plant for that matter, can help you wind down after a busy day reduce your stress levels.
  • The Clean Air Study by the NASA even suggested that certain common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene.
  • A recent Harvard study found that living around vegetation (aka plants) has also been proven to improve mental health.

Best Plants for Your Bedroom

While most people purchase a new plant and place it in their kitchen or main living space, the following plants, in particular, are wonderfully suited for the bedroom, where they could work some magic in the sleep department.

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Before you buy a new plant (or move one into your bedroom): pay attention to the light and temperature conditions of your room to determine the best fit. If your room is dark during most hours of the day, you’ll want to steer clear of plants that require a lot of bright light and warm temperatures. Here are some of our top picks for bedroom plants:

Lavender

Various research and studies have shown that lavender odor improves sleep quality. In addition to being a natural remedy for sleep and relaxation, lavender can also help relieve stress, improve your mood, promote restful sleep, and possibly even reduce mild pain. If you're looking for lavender for your room, these quart-sized live plants are the perfect size for a bedside table or dresser. 

Snake Plant

The Sansevieria plant, aka the “snake plant” tolerates low light and thrives off some reasonable neglect. Several studies have also shown that snake plants even convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night making it an ultra green-friendly addition to your bedroom. Purchase a snake plant online and get it shipped to your home for free. 

Spider Plant

Another indoor plant superstar is the Spider Plant or Chlorophytum comosum. They remove toxins from the air, are very easy to care for and are non-toxic for pets. So all you pet owners out there, get some Spider Plants for the bedroom asap!

Bamboo Palm

Yet another great option for the bedroom for their air purifying qualities and are non-toxic for pets. Plus they create an instant tropical vibe to your bedroom transporting you to your own private island paradise. You can purchase a bamboo palm at your local nursery or order one online and have it shipped for free (no worrying about getting that thing in the car!). 

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Aloe Vera

This evergreen perennial is a multi-talent and a must-have for every home. Aloe is boosted with a ton of wonderful health benefits and it’s also another great choice for the bedroom because it removes benzene and formaldehyde from the air. Aloe vera plants grow very fast so get started with a small 4-inch grower pot and replant in a larger pot if needed.

Philodendron

This classic and practically no-fail houseplant is another all-around winner. They’re easy to care for, grow decoratively as a vine, and also acts as an air improver. Grow a Philodendron along your bed canopy or a wall for instant style.

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ZZ Plant

This miniature, distant relative of the palm tree is another plant you have to try hard to kill. They have been studied and documented to have air purifying capabilities and was found to remove significant amounts of xylene, toluene, benzene and ethylbenzene from the air. And its name is just so fitting for a perfect night’s sleep! Purchase a ZZ plant online or at your local nursery.

What’s your favorite houseplant? Do you keep plants in your bedroom? Share with us in the comments, we’d love to add more varieties to our list!

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