7 Best House Plants That Induce Sleep

Plants that induce sleep can be grown indoors or outdoors.

But not all of us have a green thumb (myself included), the house plants that induce sleep that I have reviewed are all indoor plants with easy to care for directions. 

In my time, I have killed many plants because they required a little bit more extra care than what I was willing to give. The 7 plants listed below will not require too much from you.

Why Get Plants For Sleep Purposes

Houseplants are great room companions. They don’t require any extra attention; they are always there waiting for you. The plants will help to keep your breathing air clean. Some plants are better at purifying the air around you, while others can be ingested or turned into essential oils for diffusing purposes.

Benefits Of Having Plants In Your Bedroom

  • The gentle fragrance of plants promote sleep
  • Having a plant in your room will purify the air you breathe keeping you congestion free
  • Plants will bring moisture to an otherwise dry room
  • Plants will remove toxins and germs in the air to keep you free from colds and flu

1.      Lavender

Lavender is known for its relaxing properties. It’s also been proven to help lower heart rate, blood pressure as well as stress levels.

This plant would be a great addition to your room. It’s been recognized for what it brings to a person needing sleep. Lavender scent has been known to help calm down newborns as well as reduce stress in new mothers.

The relaxing environment this plant promotes helps one to get a good sleep at night. Many people use this plant in a diffuser in its essential oil form.

Not only will the plant help you relax at night, but it also has a calming effect during the day.  It’s a beautiful plant which will look great on your nightstand.

Lavender is relatively easy to take care of even if you don’t have a green thumb. Take care not to overwater it, but do allow it warmth and sunlight when you are not sleeping in the room.

2.      Areca Palm

Areca Palm is a type of palm tree which you can grow indoors. The tree usually stands at about 6 to 7 feet tall. This indoor plant adds a bit of beach décor to your home.

The plant helps to purify the air as well rid the air of toxins or germs which may exist. This will help to keep air-borne colds or flu to stay away so that you can sleep with ease.

It acts as a natural humidifier to introduce moisture and humidity to dry air. This is ideal for those who have sinus related issues which coincidentally usually pop up at night when in bed.

The Areca Palm is easy to care. You will need to keep it under some good bright light to ensure the leaves stay yellow. As well you should water this plant with regularity during all seasons. By keeping the soil moist, you will prevent it from drying out.

3.      Aglaonema

Aglaonema plant helps to purify air wherever air purifying is required. This plant does not require too much from yourself. It is a very forgiving plant.

It removes all harmful toxins which exist in the air, which can cause issues with our respiratory system as well any germs seasonal changes may bring along.

This plant also works well with other plants. So if you combine it with any the plants on this list, you will create an easy, soothing sleeping space for yourself. Each morning you will find yourself waking up congestion free.

The plant can be grown in low, medium, or bright light, but does not like the cold too much.  

4.      Peace Lily

Peace Lily helps to humidify a dry room. By increasing the humidity in a room, you promote better breathing. Dry air can cause issues of dry skin, lower your immune system leaving it susceptible to colds and flu.

This plant will produce clean air to ensure that you are breathing easily at night. It also kills any viruses or germs which tend to stick around in any season. NASA knows it as a toxin remover. It grows in the rainforests of America.

Peace Lily requires very little maintenance where you are needed to water it once a week. Once again, a green thumb is not essential.

The plant will absorb any mold spores which may exist in the air. Peace Lilies prefer shaded areas; it will not thrive in any area where it may get too cold. It’s toxic when eaten, make sure to keep it away from animals and children.

5.      Sage

Sage has existed for hundreds of years, yet still retains it relaxing and medicinal properties. The leaves on the sage plant can be used in meals, but also can be ground to be made into a tea.

This plant helps to prevent all sorts of disease which affect sleep. It acts as a sedative which promotes faster sleeping. When you grow sage indoors remember to place in an area where there is lots of light.

You will need to water the plant when the soil up top seems dried out. Sage can be grown outdoors or indoors. Most people who are not gardeners but require sleep tend to grow this plant indoors.

Although it is a native plant to the Mediterranean, it has been introduced to all types of environments and will grow anywhere, so you don’t have to worry about the room being too dark or overexposure to sunlight.

This plant contains magnesium, which is a mineral linked to improving sleep. It also has tranquil properties to help with the quality of sleep.  It has been known to help those who have insomnia by regulating metabolism.

6.      Jasmine

Jasmine plant is commonly found in the Himalayas or Western China. This plant sprouts small white flowers. The flower gives a pleasant aroma that can be used in essential oil form.

The plant is linked to reducing anxiety, stress as well as promote sleep. According to studies done by Wheeling Jesuit Univiserty, the Jasmine plant has powerful sleep-inducing properties, possibly even more significant than Lavender.

This plant requires direct sunlight throughout all seasons. You will need to water the plant to keep the soil slightly moist, but once it blooms the need for water is considerably less. Each day you should place it in direct sunlight for up to 4 hours, and then move it to a cooler temperature.

Jasmine plant is considered one of the top bedroom plants.

7.      Chamomile

Chamomile has been known as a sleep aid for many years. Most people consume Chamomile via tea form. It can also be used as an essential oil form to vaporize for creating relaxing humid air in your sleeping space by the use of a diffuser.

This plant has helped insomniacs get the sleep they so deeply desire.   You can grow this plant indoors and dry out the leaves to make sleepy time tea. In its tea form, it will help you to relax as well as keep away nightmares which are often a problem when sleep is non-existent.

To grow this plant indoors, you will need to keep it facing south. Keep the soil moist, but not too wet. You will need to water this plant at least once a week.

After 60-90 days it should be ready to be used as tea leaves or whatever form you plan to use it in.  

Final Words About Plants That Induce Sleep

If you are looking for the best benefits, keep the plant in your room so that your immediate air stays purified. Plants may cause allergies, so be aware of that, as this can cause congestion or sniffling, which can inhibit sleep.

 Always keep plants away from children or animals as they may contain toxins that may be harmful to them. Make sure to stay aware of the condition your plant needs to thrive if you don’t get some light exposure in your room, buy a plant that doesn’t require light.

Share your experience about indoor plants which are essential to a healthy sleeping environment.


6 thoughts on “7 Best House Plants That Induce Sleep”

  1. hello there, thanks for sharing this very educational post. Currently I have been having a really hard time at work and when ever I return home I get really tired and I am unable to sleep. My meds haven’t been doing its work as it use to anymore. I’m pleased to know there are plants that can actually make someone sleep. I’ll go with lavender because right from when I was a girl i have loved its scent. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Lavender is definitely a favorite among people lacking sleep. Thank you for stopping by. 

  2. Wow, such beautiful post. I never knew there were plants that could induce sleep. My son have been having insomnia for the past 2 months now and I really don’t fancy buying all these drugs for him to use because of its side effects on him. Um glad to have come across this post which suggest natural means. I’ll show him this post so he can pick which plant he loves the most. 

    • Glad you found this post interesting, hope you find something which will help your son. 

  3. It’s interesting you mention lavender as there is a wild lavender bush growing near where I live.  

    It is so heady to pick a piece and inhale its smell.  Very relaxing indeed.  I am not sure whether the plants I have at home induce sleep, but I know that aloe vera is a healer and use it in my smoothies.  Very tasty with apple and cucumber.

    I hope that your blog takes on a new life as you post interesting content about plants.

    I enjoyed reading this.  Thanks!

    • Aloe Vera is a plant we have in our home; we mostly use it for wounds. My daughter mixes it in her drink. Thank you for sharing your experience with lavender. 


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