Winter Wellness Series Part 2: Plants to Soothe You to Sleep

Winter Wellness Series Part 2: Plants to Soothe You to Sleep

Winter has a nasty way of messing with our sleep schedules, so if you're still struggling with restless nights, plants are able to help! There's a whole subset of plants that have been shown to promote relaxation and soothe you to sleep, and in this latest installment of our Winter Wellness series, we're quietly exploring their serene little world. So, pour yourself a warm cup of tea, pull that cozy blanket around you extra tight, revisit some of your favorite fall decor tips, and get ready to transform your bedroom into a haven of tranquility with the power of plants!


Wallaces Garden Center-Bettendorf-Iowa-Winter Wellness Series Part 2-snake plant bedroomPlant-Powered Sleep: Unlocking the Secrets to Restful Nights

The impact plants have in promoting a good night's sleep extends beyond their aesthetic appeal; incorporating green companions such as lavender, jasmine, and other soothing varieties into your bedroom provides many environmental and psychological benefits, which can significantly enhance your sleep quality. Plants contribute to a better sleep through:

  • Air Purification: Plants like the snake plant and peace lily purify indoor air, removing toxins, promoting cleaner, healthier breathing, and creating an environment more conducive to uninterrupted sleep.
  • Oxygen Enrichment: Certain plants, including ferns and aloe vera, release oxygen at night, enhancing your room's oxygen levels. This improved air quality boosts your respiratory function, contributing to a more restful sleep experience.
  • Stress Reduction: The calming scents of lavender and jasmine have proven stress-relieving properties. As stress and anxiety often disrupt sleep patterns, the presence of these plants helps create a serene atmosphere, easing your mind into a state of relaxation.
  • Biophilic Connection: The innate human connection to nature, known as biophilia, plays a crucial role in our mental well-being. Introducing plants into our bedrooms satisfies this connection, fostering that sense of calm and tranquility that is so important for a good night's sleep.

Strategically placing plants in your bedroom can help you harness these unique abilities for your own well-being. By embracing the natural remedies these green companions offer, you'll be amazed by how a night's sleep suddenly leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Jasmine and Lavender: Nature's Sleep Elixirs

Lavender and jasmine aren't just popular plants for the garden; these superstars are also potent sleep-inducing plants that have been trusted for centuries to make a remarkable difference in sleep quality. Specifically, they offer these amazing benefits to anyone looking for a good night's rest:

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Calming Essential Oil: Jasmine's essential oil contains the compound linalool, which has sedative and anxiolytic properties and is renowned for its calming effects.

Reduction of Anxiety: Inhaling jasmine's sweet fragrance can lower anxiety levels, promoting relaxation before bedtime.

Improved Sleep Quality: Jasmine's soothing properties contribute to deeper and more restful sleep.

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Linalool Richness: Like Jasmine, lavender also boasts high linalool content, helping it to soothe and relax you.

Stress Reduction: Inhaling lavender's calming aroma reduces cortisol levels, combating stress and tension.

Slumber-Inducing Effects: Lavender's effects on our nervous system promote a state of calm which is critical for deep, uninterrupted sleep.


Winter nights in Bettendorf can be long and chilly, making lavender and jasmine the perfect companions for those of us looking for help sleeping. Try some of these easy ways to bring their powers of peacefulness and tranquility into your bedroom:

  • Place a potted lavender plant on your nightstand for a subtle, sleep-promoting aroma.
  • Integrate jasmine plants into hanging baskets or place them on shelves near your bed.
  • Use lavender-scented sachets or an essential oil diffuser to fill your bedroom with a non-intrusive fragrance.
  • Incorporate dried lavender in decorative bowls or vases.

Wallaces Garden Center-Bettendorf-Iowa-Winter Wellness Series Part 2-peace lily plantWinter Bedroom Companions 

Lavender and jasmine aren't the only plants that can soothe you to sleep; here are a few other plants that make excellent winter bedroom companions:

Peace Lily

As the home to educational institutions like the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Community School Districts and Palmer College of Chiropractic, we in Bettendorf understand the importance of creating conducive environments for learning and rest. The peace lily helps create such environments while also adding aesthetic appeal to your space by reducing airborne mold spores with its elegant white blooms, creating a healthier atmosphere and making it an ideal choice for bedrooms and study spaces alike.

Snake Plant

As Bettendorf embraces nature with parks like Middle Park Lagoon, Faye's Field, and Veterans Memorial Park, the snake plant perfectly complements our city's commitment to clean, fresh air. Its ability to convert nighttime carbon dioxide into oxygen helps you breathe easy while you sleep, promoting a more rejuvenating rest.

Wallaces Garden Center-Bettendorf-Iowa-Winter Wellness Series Part 2-aloe vera plantAloe and Jade: Dream-Inducing Greens

Aloe vera and jade plants have unique benefits that make them the perfect companions for a restful night's sleep. Aloe's air-purifying qualities contribute to a clean sleep environment, while the jade plant's positive energy promotes a sense of tranquility. These resilient greens also thrive in Bettendorf's climate, making them ideal bedroom companions that enhance your overall sleep experience with their natural charm and wellness properties.

Diverse Greens for Serene Sleep

In addition to the well-known sleep champions like jasmine, lavender, aloe, and jade—consider bringing these other beneficial plants into your bedroom to create a truly holistic sleep sanctuary:

  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian root, when placed in the bedroom, emits a mild sedative aroma, promoting relaxation and aiding in falling asleep faster.
  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): The spider plant's air-purifying prowess helps foster a healthier sleep environment in your bedroom.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): A potted chamomile plant offers soothing aesthetics and can be used to brew a calming herbal tea with potent sleep-inducing properties.
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix): English Ivy is renowned for its ability to reduce airborne mold, a common sleep disruptor. Place it near your bedroom windows for optimal air-purifying benefits.

  • Embrace the unique qualities of each plant, and let their presence guide you into a deeper and more restful sleep. If you're ready to transform your sleep routine, visit us at Wallace's Garden Center to bring home the best plants to soothe you to sleep, like jasmine, lavender, snake plant, peace lily, aloe, jade, and more. Your winter nights in the Quad Cities are about to become a whole lot cozier!

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