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Bedroom Plants for Healthier Air and Better Sleep

There’s no denying that plants add serious decor points to any living space, but did you know that they also offer a myriad of health benefits?

Urban jungle, anyone? Adding greenery is a great way to transform your sleeping space into a sanctuary for relaxation and self-care. Research shows that having plants in your sleep space can:

  • Improve air quality and oxygen levels. Plants are known for their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Indoor plants can act as natural air filters, as they purify air through various methods. Improved air quality promotes deep sleep, which is an essential part of a night shift routine.
  • Reduce stress. Studies have shown that being surrounded by nature, even indoors, can have a calming effect on the mind and body. The presence of plants can help decrease stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate, promoting relaxation, and leading to a more restful sleep.
  • Improve overall well-being. Plants in the bedroom can also boost creativity and improve overall well-being. Research suggests that being in the presence of plants can enhance concentration, cognitive function, and enhance productivity. 

Wondering where to start? Here are 6 plants that are perfect for night shift workers to use in their sleep space.

Snake Plant

Botanical name: Sanseveria trifasciata

Snake plants, also known as Sansevieria trifasciata, are not only beautiful houseplants but also amazing air purifiers, making them perfect for bedrooms.

In addition to providing a fresh oxygen supply while you sleep, snake plants are also efficient in removing harmful toxins from the air. They have been found to effectively absorb carbon dioxide, benzene, and formaldehyde, all of which can be found in common household items. This makes them a versatile and essential plant for improving indoor air quality.

Another advantage of snake plants is their low-maintenance nature. They can thrive in various light conditions but prefer indirect light, making them suitable for bedrooms with moderate light levels.

Styling tips: These beautiful plants come in a variety of sizes, so you can keep a few small ones on a dresser, bookshelf, bedside table, or window sill, and keep larger ones as decorative floor pieces. The options are endless!

Aloe Vera

Botanical name: Aloe barbadensis miller

This hardy and low-maintenance plant that can thrive in various light conditions—in fact, aloe is so resilient that it can survive for over 100 years!

Apart from the well-known healing properties of the gel inside its leaves, Aloe Vera is also effective in purifying the air and releases oxygen at night—which can improve air quality and promote better sleep.

Styling tips: Aloe Vera plants fit pretty much anywhere, from your nightstand to your dresser to your bookshelf. Keep in mind, however, that Aloe Vera contains toxic sap, so it’s best to place it in an area that’s out of reach of pets and kids.

ZZ Plant

Botanical name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Caring for the ZZ Plant is relatively simple, making it an ideal choice for those with busy lifestyles or beginners in plant care.

Its easy going nature paired with its numerous health benefits make the ZZ Plant an excellent choice for a bedroom plant. The ZZ Plant is known for its ability to lower heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. 

ZZ plants are the pinnacle of low-maintenance house plants. It thrives in low-light conditions and can tolerate a variety of light levels, including indirect light. This makes it suitable for bedrooms with limited natural light, or dark sleep caves for night shift workers.

Styling tips: ZZ plants start off small and can grow up to two or three feet. Start with one on your bedside table or dresser and re-home it to a bigger pot on your floor as it grows. You can also hang one from the ceiling.

Spider Plant

Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum

The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a popular houseplant that is known for its sprawling growth and striking striped leaves.

One of the standout features of the Spider Plant is its ability to purify the air, particularly when it comes to removing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing chemical that can be found in many common household items, such as cleaning products and furniture. The Spider Plant has been found to remove up to 90% of formaldehyde from the air, making it a great addition to any bedroom.

The benefits of having a Spider Plant in your sleep space go beyond just air purification. This plant is also known to absorb odors and fumes, creating a fresher and cleaner sleeping environment. Spider Plants also release oxygen into the air, helping to maintain optimal oxygen levels in the room. This can promote better sleep quality and overall well-being—what’s not to love?

Styling tips: Spider plants are extremely versatile, so you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to styling them. They may start off nicely as a tabletop plant and progress to a hanging plant as they get bigger and have more offshoots.

English Ivy

Botanical name: Hedera helix

The English Ivy is listed as one of NASA’s top 10 air-purifying plants. One of the English Ivy’s standout features is its ability to improve air quality by removing toxins like toluene and benzene from the air.

English Ivy’s are also low-maintenance and have the ability to thrive in various light conditions, making them a great choice for your sleep space. However, these plants have the potential to cause problems in dogs, farm animals, and humans when eaten, so exercise caution around your pets and kiddos.

Styling tips: English Ivy’s are trailing plants, so they’ll look great in hanging baskets, on window sills, or on shelves.


Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum

Pothos is a popular houseplant known for its heart-shaped leaves and vining stems that can grow several feet long.

This low-maintenance plant is considered one of the easiest houseplants to grow, making it a perfect choice for beginners or those with a less-than-green thumb. Pothos have an easy-care nature and can thrive in moderate to bright light.

Aside from its aesthetic appeal, Pothos offers significant health benefits. It is known for its air-purifying qualities, effectively removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene from the air. These substances can be found in common household items and can lower indoor air quality. By having a Pothos plant in your bedroom, you can enjoy cleaner and fresher air, which may contribute to overall well-being and better sleep.

Styling tips: Pothos is one of the most common vine-trailing plants, so they are often positioned in a place high enough to let them trail. Place your plant in a hanging basket, on a top shelf, or any high spot in your sleep space that will allow your pothos to trail down as it grows.


Incorporating plants into your bedroom can have a positive impact on your physical and mental well-being—not to mention that they’re just really cute! They not only contribute to a cleaner and healthier breathing environment but also play a role in reducing stress, boosting creativity, and creating a peaceful atmosphere for a better night’s sleep. So, go ahead and bring nature indoors with some beautiful bedroom plants. Your night shift sleep routine will thank you.

Last updated: 2023-10-24

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Sierra Jensen

I'm a freelance writer who's passionate about matcha lattes and meaningful content. You'll find my work in regional magazines, healthcare websites, and lifestyle blogs.

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