Plants that Promote Better Sleep

18 January 2018  
 Best 6 plants that help you sleep better.  How they affect your sleep habits.  

There is no question that proper sleep hygiene is essential for optimal brain function. Perpetually debated is the precise number of hours we should sleep to feel our very best, a number that varies for mostly genetic reasons.

Research has confirmed that there is an active correlative link between sleep impairment and subsequent decline in one’s mental and physical health.  Humans who do not get sufficient restorative sleep suffer from a host of problems including pronounced anxiety, chronic stress, insomnia, hypertension, and diabetes. 

If you have a hard time getting enough sleep, do what you already know encourages a good sleep environment: keep your bedroom cool, dark, restful, and as best possible shut off from household and neighborhood noises.  Consistency is also key to a beneficial sleep routine. 


There are several plants that when placed in your bedroom can help achieve a more restful slumber. The following plants should not be used for medicinal purposes or to treat chronic sleep problems such as sleep apnea, insomnia, or chronic anxiety. Plants are used as supplemental natural aids for effective sleep hygiene instead of resorting to melatonin supplements and prescription medicines.

Before you seek professional advice for chronic sleeplessness issues, try setting several of these plants in your bedroom.  The next morning see if you feel a bit more rested and refreshed. Read on for the health benefits of these particular plants. As always discuss this idea with your doctor if you have any chronic ailments that need to be addressed.

English Ivy plant – One of NASA’s top plants for purifying air, English ivy is simple to grow and only needs moderate exposure to sunlight. It also can be beneficial for those who have breathing problems, allergies, or asthma which severely impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. Studies show that English ivy can reduce air molds 90- 94% in only 12 hours.


Lavender – Well known to induce sleep and reduce anxiety, lavender enhances one’s GABA levels, the inhibitory neurotransmitters that influence feelings of natural drowsiness. The smell of lavender actually slows down your heart rate and reduces anxiety levels. Interestingly, psychological studies have shown that in women lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, decrease REM, and to reduce the amount of time to wake up after first falling asleep.  The opposite effects were noted in men.  


Jasmine – Studies have shown that the scent of jasmine reduces anxiety levels, leading to a high quality of sleep while hitting more cycles of REM and staying longer in REM. This, in turn, promotes more restorative sleep after which feelings of alertness and productivity are increased.


Valerian – The root of the valerian plant has been used as a tea or tincture since ancient times. Galen, Roman physician and philosopher, prescribed it for his patients to combat excessive anxiety and insomnia. Newer research has shown that Galen was well ahead of his time when specifying valerian root. Merely inhaling its pleasant sweet aroma is enough to help you fall asleep quickly and efficiently with a likely chance of achieving restorative sleep.


Snake Plant – Also known as 'mother-in-law's tongue’, this plant emits oxygen at night while you sleep, and simultaneously takes in carbon dioxide from the air inside your bedroom. It also filters nasty household toxins from the air, including formaldehyde and benzene.


Aloe Vera -Dubbed the ‘plant of immortality’ by Egyptians because it reproduces easily.  If you buy one plant you soon will have an aloe for ALL the rooms in your house! Aloe emits oxygen at night which helps you combat insomnia, and improves overall sleep quality. The plant doesn’t need much direct sunlight or water. Listed as one of NASA’s top air improving plants, it tolerates low maintenance and upkeep and is a plant worth investing in for its myriad health benefits.

With stress and anxiety causing half of all insomnia issues and sleep problems, it’s a good idea to fill your bedroom with a variety of plants with calming effects. Studies show that spending time in nature reduces stress, so why not bring nature indoors? 

I recommend wiping down your plants' leaves every week or so to ensure they can do their jobs effectively.  Watters carries a plant shine specifically for houseplants that keeps your plants not only looking their best but also functioning their best in the bedroom.  

Lastly, be sure to include a good mix of plants that purify the air in other areas of your house as well. In addition to the plants in your bedroom that induce sleep and restful slumber, you might end up getting a relaxing night’s sleep while being more productive and a happier person overall.


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2018 Spring Garden Classes

January 20: Best and Most Beautiful Houseplants

Instructor: Lisa Lain

We believe plants make people happier, and not just outside our homes, but inside, too! Houseplants brighten our homes and our lives, and even clean the air we breathe, but not all are created equal when growing in an arid climate like ours. You'll have a list of the top houseplants best grown indoors and how to care for them. Learn best practices for watering, light placement, and how to treat and prevent pests and diseases that can affect your indoor garden. Free.

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January 28: Wildflowers: Ready, set, grow!

Instructor: Lora Goulding

Late winter is the ideal window to start wildflower seed outdoors, but you can't just chuck them in the landscape and expect success. We share all the local tips that ensure these bloomers blossom beautifully. You'll know the best seed, soils, food, and techniques that bring on the color this spring. Come early, this class can be standing room only. Free.

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February 3: Advanced Landscape Pruning for Garden Success

Instructor: Ken Lain & Grant Tibbetts

Timing is critical for the plants in your yard that need pruning. We'll share timely techniques for our mountain climate that are sure to make the yard happy, bloom better and reduce disease this spring. Guest instructor and arborist Grant Tibbetts from Jonny's Tree & Landscaping shares his knowledge about our local trees to help yours thrive, be more healthy, and look great! Free

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February 10: Controlling Gophers and Other Annoying Animals

Instructor: Ken Lain

If you let these pests gain a foothold in the garden, they're nearly impossible to clear out. Gophers, rabbits, deer, javelina, and packrats can wreak havoc on our gardens and destroy all our hard work in mere seconds. Learn all the secrets to keeping these bothersome beasts at bay using both natural and man-made methods, and which plants are less appealing to their appetites. This free class fills up early so bring a cup of coffee, a notepad and get ready to fight back! Free.

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February 17: Gardening for Newcomers

Instructor: Doug Arthur and Michele Hyatt

New to northern Arizona or just new to gardening? This class is Gardening 101 for everyone hoping to turn a brown thumb green. Learn all the mountain secrets to local garden success from soil preparation and planting to watering and fertilizing. This is an information-packed class guaranteed to increase garden blooms and fruit this year. The first 10 students to bring $10 and a soil sample receives a pH soil test done on-site with advice on how to improve the garden. You'll know exactly what to do this year to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood! Free.

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February 24: Fruit Trees from Planting to Pruning

Instructor: Ken Lain & Grant Tibbetts

Learn the insider's tips from the pros who know varieties, planting techniques, food, and more. We cover local success stories and best practices for healthy, happy fruit trees that produce your best harvest ever! Guest instructor and arborist Grant Tibbett from Jonny's Tree & Landscaping will be on hand to explain when and how to prune your trees to stimulate stronger, more vigorous growth and have a higher fruit yield. Dress for the weather and bring garden shoes, there is a working demonstration that includes a walk-through of the garden center after the class. Free.

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Ken Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through his web site at WattersGardenCenter.com or FB.com/WattersGardenCenter .

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Ken Lain is attracted to sunshine, beauty, happiness, success and health through gardening, and wishes to point the way to others. Throughout the week Ken can be found at Watters Garden Center located at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contacted through his web site at www.wattersgardencenter.com

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