11 Best Plants For Bedroom That Improve Air Quality & Help You Sleep Better

If you struggle with falling asleep, then chances are you have tried everything in the book, from weighted blankets, to essential oils and mattresses that help you sleep better. Well, did you know that you can actually place some feel-good plants around your bedroom for a good night’s sleep? These plants improve air quality and add some much needed colour to your room, while also helping you nod off.

According to a study by Nasa, some indoor plants can reduce air pollutants in your bedroom, purifying the air you breathe and helping you sleep better. Further research on these plants proves that these plants also help better your emotional state, offering you relaxation and a perfect environment to enjoy a good night’s sleep. 

best plants for bedroom

Improve the Air Quality In Your Bedroom

Your bedroom has several allergens and particles that keeps you from enjoying good sleep. Having indoor plants in your bedroom means you will breathe better quality of air as these plants release oxygen and absorb the carbon dioxide you release while sleeping. They also purify volatile organic compounds floating in the room noted below.

  • Formaldehyde: You may find these in your cleaning agents you use to clean the room, in paper towels and facial tissue. This compound can cause allergic reaction, induce fatigue and also cause difficulty in breathing.
  • Ammonia: Most cleaners used in a house have this compound. It is also found in fertilizers and floor wax. Exposure to this compound causes a feeling of tiredness and also puts you at a risk of sleep-wake inversions. 
  • Xylene: If you have a smoker in the house, chances are that you are constantly exposed to xylene. It is also found in paint, vehicle exhaust and rubber. Xylene exposure alters sleep patterns, memory and mood. 

Best Plants For Your Bedroom

1. Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum):

Also known as Golden pothos, these plants are super low in maintenance. Popularly called money plants, they are almost indestructible and require the least amount of care. You can also grow them in water. It grows like a vine, hence it is best to place it in a corner where it has enough space to cover a good area, creating a beautiful corner in your bedroom. They eliminate carbon monoxide, toluene, formaldehyde and xylene from indoor air, making it one of the most efficient organic indoor air purifiers.

2. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii):

They fall under the palm family and can remove xylene and formaldehyde from air.  Dwarf date palms grow about 6 to 10 ft in height and are one of the best indoor plants to filter formaldehyde from air. Its growth rate is slow, but it’s great for houses with lower ceilings and does not need constant light. They are non-toxic plants to have around cats and dogs.

Dwarf Date Palm
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3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum):

If you have forever struggled to keep plants alive, would love some splash of greens to help purify your bedroom hair, then Spider plan is your perfect match. Spider plants have short narrow leaves and they need to be watered only once in 2-3 days. They are pet-friendly and can survive even under 2 degrees of temperature and grow best in indirect sunlight. Spider plants can eliminate carcinogenic chemicals such as formaldehyde from your breathing air.

Spider Plant

4. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller):

Not only does aloe vera efficiently filter formaldehyde from air, but it further purifies the air during your sleep time, by emitting oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide at night. It also absorbs dust from air and eliminates harmful microorganisms. They are super low maintenance, you couldn’t kill it even if you tried. 

Aloe Vera

5. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens):

These elegant plants can brighten up any corner of your bedroom. It emits moisture into the room, ensuring a cool environment and efficiently removes toxins such as toluene and xylene from indoor air. They resist insect infestations and do not need direct sunlight. In fact, place it away from any windows that get sunlight or the leaves of areca palm could turn yellow. 

Areca Palm

6. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata):

Also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, these plants require a minimum level of maintenance and can also be grown in water. It has a sturdy build and has long and narrow leaves. However, if you do choose to grow in water, you’ll need to change the water regularly. It is one of the few plants that can absorb carbon dioxide from the air and emit oxygen even while you’re sleeping at night, improving the air quality. 

snake plant

7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum):

If you love having some beautiful blooms to wake up to and would like a better quality of air to sleep, then peace lily is your best bet. It eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide from indoor air. You can go without watering this plant for a week. It does need some light to bloom, so it is best suited to be placed near your bedroom window.

peace lily

8. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata):

This indoor plant is excellent at eliminating air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene among others. Not only do they remove harmful toxins from your indoor air, but it also restores the moisture content in air, offering a cooler environment to fall asleep. They are evergreen and grow as high as 40-90 centimetres.

boston fern

9. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum):

They have big heart-shaped leaves, adding a feel of the jungle to your house. They help improve the humidity levels indoors and have amazing air purifying benefits. Heartleaf Philodendron eliminates formaldehyde from air, improving the quality of air you breathe.

Heartleaf Philodendron

Fragrant Indoor Plants To Sleep Better

While several indoor plants purify the air off allergens and volatile organic compounds, some others have sleep inducing properties. Plants such as gardenia and jasmine release healing aromas into your room that can help you relieve stress and anxiety making sure you have a restful sleep. 

10. Jasmine:

While these sweet smelling flower plants usually grow in gardens, there are certain varieties that you can get from your nursery such Jasminum polyanthum, known commonly as Chinese Star. This will grow indoors and fill your room with a lovely scent. Research shows that jasmine has the most effective sleep-inducing scent, even better than lavender and also improves your quality of sleep. Its indoor variety can survive under cooler temperature and can be placed in shade. You can water it on alternative days.

jasmine plant

11. Gardenia:

They grow in large indoor pots and have lovely scented white flowers that will help you sleep better. You can place it in the bright corner of your bedroom as they need indirect sunlight of 4 hours per day. If you live in areas with high humidity, then you can water them sparingly, but if you don’t, then you can spray water on them regularly.

gardenia plant


If you are already a proud plant parent and love having greens around you, this post gives you better reasons to adopt more of these botanical babies in your bedroom. Honestly, who doesn’t love waking up to fresh blooms and greenery? From vines to tall shrubs, to scented floral ones that fill your room with good vibes and fragrance, we have covered it all in this article. 

We hope this post has helped you make more informative decisions on bedroom plants that not only give your room a complete makeover, but also improve your mental health and help you sleep better. So, give your room a botanical makeover, because your sacred resting space in the house – the bedroom, definitely deserves some much needed good old fashioned TLC. 

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