Finding the best plants for your bedroom is critical for a good night’s sleep and enhancing indoor aesthetics. After all, plants are all around. They create food for us, offer shade, provide us with beauty, and of course the oxygen we breathe.

Studies have shown that spending time out in nature also reduces stress levels, so why not have them in the bedroom with us?

Stress and insomnia seem to go hand in hand. It is also well known that there are chemicals in our mattresses, the dressers and tables, carpeting, and paint in the bedroom that get released into the air. You breathe all of that in while you sleep.

Clean air is a must to promote good sleep, these plants are easy to care for and I have included how each one is beneficial to your slumber. Using any or all of them should grace your sleep with both beauty and cleaner air.

The 6 Best Plants for Your Bedroom

1. Peace Lily for Peaceful Sleep (Spathiphyllum spp.)

 White Peace Lily for a good rest

One of the best plants for your bedroom is the Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum spp. This plant is perfect to start with; what better than one that has “peace” in its name, am I right? But seriously though, this NASA scientist superstar plant helps to filter out benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde gases and produces oxygen to boot.

Then, if that wasn’t enough for you, this plant gives off moisture that can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. Suppressing airborne microbes which cause allergies and rids you of that dry throat and nose that may keep you awake.

Light Requirements:

Bring, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements:

Keep the soil moist, not soggy

Difficulty:

Easy

Toxicity:

Toxic to Dogs and Cats

2. English Ivy: In a League of its Own (Hedera helix)

best plants for bedroom - English Ivy

English Ivy – Hedera helix is a versatile houseplant that can be grown in hanging baskets. This is another one of those NASA scientist study air-cleaning plants. It proves pretty helpful for people with allergies who need to sleep. According to a study in California, an English Ivy plant reduced airborne particles of fecal matter by an average of more than 94 percent over 12 hours. The level of mold in the air went down by 78.5 percent.

The plant is poisonous to pets, so keep it high in the corner and cut relatively short. Some bright light and occasional misting of water this Ivy League star is wonderful in breaking up that drab corner of the ceiling.

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light

Water Requirements:

Keep the soil moist, not soggy

Difficulty:

Moderate

Toxicity:

Toxic to Dogs and Cats

3. Say Your Prayers with the Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

prayer plant for bedroomPrayer Plant – Maranta leuconeura is a plant that kind of lives up to its name. At night the leaves fold up as if it is saying a nighttime prayer. Prayer plants are the happiest when they are grown in a room with dappled light, and the soil is kept evenly moist, about that of a wrung-out dish sponge. This is what makes them one of the best plants for your bedroom.

Just like many other plants, they will help clean the air from harmful gasses and toxins, plus who doesn’t need a little extra prayer at night?

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements:

Keep the soil moist, not soggy

Difficulty:

Easy

Toxicity:

Non Toxic to Dogs and Cats

4. Areca Palm as a Bedroom Plant (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca plant - best plants for your bedroom

Areca Palm – Dypsis lutescens is a plant that is commonly found in big box stores and you usually see them in office buildings. They can get large, up to 10 feet, but are extremely slow-growing, so unless you have a tiny bedroom, this plant will be fine.

Once again, NASA paved the way for discovering this plant to be helpful in the bedroom, however, it was while another sinister phenomenon was occurring when they were studying them, that phenomenon was quickly linked to poor indoor air quality and became known as Sick Building Syndrome.

Since then, these palms have become a staple to helping people working in these buildings that suffered such things as allergies, asthma, headaches, and loss of concentration. Imagine the benefits of waking up with at least some relief from those issues?

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements:

Drought Tolerant

Difficulty:

Easy

Toxicity:

Non Toxic to Dogs and Cats

5. Aloe Vera Has a Burning Desire for Sleep

Aloe Vera - best plants for your bedroomAloe – Aloe vera is one of my absolute favorites. It will survive a great deal of neglect, other than too much water. Having emergency burn or minor scratch treatment always on hand could never be considered a bad thing.

Aloe produces oxygen at night and helps to keep your home free from benzene gasses, which can be found in paints and certain household cleaners. If that wasn’t enough reason to run out and buy a dozen of these plants, they have been reported to remove 90% of the formaldehyde in the air as well as other harmful microorganisms and even absorb dust in the air.

Provide as much bright light as you can or even a little dappled sunlight through the window and your aloe will be a happy camper.

Light Requirements:

Full sun to bright, indirect light

Water Requirements:

Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Difficulty:

Easy

Toxicity:

Toxic to Dogs and Cats

6. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

best plants for bedroom - Snake PlantMother-in-Law’s Tongue – Sansevieria trifasciata while having anything to do with a Mother in Law in the bedroom could be construed as a bad thing, this plant has any MIL’s beat. It is a very easy plant to care for, tolerates lots of external stimuli abuse, emits oxygen at night, and cleans the air of many harmful gases.

In the way of light, it only needs bright diffused, never direct sunlight. The occasional drink of water, as it is very drought tolerant. It might need an occasional wiping off with a damp rag to remove any dust that builds up on the long slender leaves. Read our care guide for this plant.

Light Requirements:

Full sun to low light

Water Requirements:

Allow to soil to dry out between watering

Difficulty:

Easy

Toxicity:

Toxic to Dogs and Cats

Coming to Rest

As you can see, bedroom plants mean more than just decorations to your room. They are all easy to care for, don’t mind a little abuse, and they can get rid of harmful toxins and gasses in the air that could disrupt your sleep. There are many other choices out there, these are just ones that I trust, know and feel should be in everybody’s bedroom.

So what’s your favorite bedroom plant? Get chatty with us, one never stops learning!

About the Author - Darren Sheriff

Darren Sheriff is an SCNLA Certified Professional Nurseryman, A Charleston County Master Gardener Emeritus and is the manager for Terra Bella Garden Center in North Charleston, SC. With his 220+ Camellias, he is an active member and president of the Coastal Carolina Camellia Society, the South Carolina State Director for the American Camellia Society, the founder of the Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society as well as a past president.

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