When designing a bedroom, you want to make sure it is relaxing and sleep-inducing. That’s why you’re advised to paint the walls in soothing colors, avoid clutter, and get a comfortable mattress. But that’s not all you can do to ensure peaceful rest and make the room appealing.
Enter houseplants. They’re not only decorative pieces but also helpful tools for turning your bedroom into a sanctuary.
Now, you might have heard about plants releasing carbon dioxide during the night and robbing the room of fresh air, but that myth has been busted. The amount of carbon dioxide released is negligible, and the benefits of purifying the air during the day and creating a calming ambiance are immense. If you’re convinced, here are some bedroom plants that will help you sleep better.
Let’s start with the most obvious one. You’ve probably heard about the soothing power of lavender. But did you know there is a study showing that people who used lavender oil before bedtime improved their sleep compared to those who didn’t?
You don’t have to go full aromatherapy, though. It’s enough to keep a fresh lavender plant, and you will be treated to its sweet fragrance and calming effect. Make sure the plant is not within reach of your pets, however, because it can be toxic for them.
Often used in aromatherapy, chamomile is well-known for its wonderful scent and soothing properties. We usually see it growing in fields and not in pots, so you wouldn’t normally think of growing it indoors. However, it’s possible to grow chamomile indoors if you provide it with sufficient sunlight during the day. Large bay or bow windows can help you with that, plus they can serve as a focal point of the room. Other than enjoying their sweet and soothing scent, you can remove the flower heads from time to time, dry them, and prepare homemade tea.
Your bedroom deserves the most comfortable furniture and calming décor. That’s why you need to choose the best mattress, the best bed, and the best plant. And the latter might just be Garden Heliotrope, also known as Valeriana officinalis, famous for its medicinal qualities.
Among other things, the scent of this plant is believed to enhance sleep. This is why extracts from Valeriana are often used in aromatherapy oils, herbal teas, and sleeping pills. Contrary to lavender, this plant is safe for cats and dogs.
The Peace lily is a fantastic decorative piece, easy to maintain and gorgeous to look at. A NASA study confirmed that this plant is capable of removing a number of toxins from indoor spaces.
If you want to keep this plant in your bedroom, make sure it gets enough natural light during the day. You’ll also need to keep this one away from pets. Finally, plant it in a large pot because its roots need plenty of room to grow.
Jasmine scent is often used in essential oils for relaxation. The scent is believed to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. The small white flowers make it a stunning decorative item as well.
Jasmine is very easy to maintain. It should be kept near the window (on the windowsill) and watered regularly during the flowering period. When the plant isn’t flowering, you can allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering.
Aloe Vera is often used for medicinal purposes. It produces oxygen at night, and it will help improve the air quality in your bedroom, helping you sleep better. Because it is a succulent plant, it requires very little watering. The leaves retain moisture, and their gel can be used to treat minor burns, cuts, and dry skin, so you will have multiple benefits from it.
The Snake plant, also notoriously called ‘mother-in-law’s tongue,’ emits oxygen during the night and contributes to sleep quality. It can also eliminate several harmful chemicals from the air, including formaldehyde, toluene, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
Purple passionflower has some stress-reducing properties, which can be useful for establishing healthy sleep patterns. A clinical trial concluded that passionflower extract could be an effective ingredient for managing anxiety.
All of these wonderful plants will add personality to your bedroom and, more importantly, help you relax and sleep calmly. Choose whatever suits your personality and interior – and don’t stop at just one!
About The Author: Holly Schaeffer is a long-time writer focusing on health, lifestyle, and home improvement. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to California to pursue a degree in creative writing. She now spends her days split between writing and raising her two young sons.
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