The Truth Behind How Plants Can Help You To Sleep Better


It seems contradictory. After all, if plants can help you sleep better wouldn’t you be better of sleeping in the garden? It is unlikely that would be conducive to a good night’s sleep. Of course, the reason that is true is because of the other creatures that may be lurking in your garden, and your vivid imagination.

Ponytail Palm in a pot on the small table in the corner or the room
Ponytail Palm, used with permission of Folio 8

The good news is that you can choose your favorite plant to help you sleep better. Whether you prefer the snake plant, a spider plant, or a cactus, they all offer the same sleep benefits. You simply need to add it to your room.

Air Purifier

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, the reverse of humans who breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. In other words, plants and humans need each other and can work harmoniously together.

But, plants have also been shown to remove toxins from the air. Research suggests that they can remove as much as ninety-five percent of the toxins in the air. That’s impressive and better than most HVAC filters! They are particularly effective at removing formaldehyde and benzene, two substances that are not beneficial to the human body.

If the air is purer and rich in oxygen your body will be better able to relax and repair itself while you sleep. This won’t just help you to sleep better, it will help you to wake up feeling more refreshed and energized.

Ming Aralia in pot on the table with scissors beside
Ming Aralia, used with permission of Folio 8


Plants are also known to help you de-stress. Just think about the number of times you have taken a stroll in the garden to alleviate a bad mood. Its partly their vibrant colors but it is also the fact that they help you to forget about the stressful incidents in your life. Your body relaxes and you will find it easier to think of a solution for the issue and unwind.

Considering we live in a stressful world with digital technology everywhere, being able to de-stress is essential throughout the day and before you go to sleep. That’s why you need plants in your office as well as your bedroom.

Reduced Blood Pressure

Lavender is known to be very effective at reducing blood pressure and your heart rate, helping you to sleep deeper. Of course, most plants have the same effect. Reducing your heart rate allows your body to relax, encouraging that all-important deep sleep.

This is when your body processes the events of the day, build on its experiences and heals itself.

Creeping Fig in a hanging pot in the room
Creeping Fig, used with permission of Folio 8

Final Thoughts

Plants should be considered an essential part of your life just as they are an essential part of the planet. They work with humans to improve the quality of the air and make the planet habitable. Having plants at home and in your office means you are playing a small part in saving the planet.  That’s not something you should overlook.

Don’t forget, most plants have the same effect on the air quality, choose the one that you like and suits your gardening level. There are plenty that need very little attention. Thanks to for consulting on this post.


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