Sleeping well has become an issue for many of us. I noticed this when my father at the age of 52 years old had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It was as if he would wake up even if someone sneezes – the simplest of sounds. To top it off he was snoring very loudly and my younger siblings used to laugh and make fun of him. They were saying that he is changing gears like a truck and slowing down with airbrakes. It was that bad and he was really loud!

I became very concerned because it seemed like he had a hard time breathing normally while he sleeps.

I started my research and came up with some solutions. Some of them included making him position himself a certain way, using a particular type of mattress and pillow and using essential oils (such as Lavender oil.) The most passive way to help was to get the types of plants to help him sleep better. These plants are some that I gathered for him and interchanged them on a weekly basis to see which was better.

For inducing sleep I think the Lavender worked best but he did not really like the scent for some reason. So Gardenia was the other that was used mostly and it was “good enough” in my honest opinion  (not miracle plants).

For breathing, I cannot be sure which plant was more effective as I had introduced different methods for this all at once to keep his air passages relaxed enough to allow easier breathing.

Here are the plants I used in my dad’s bedroom!




Lavender is well known for its wonderful fragrance. But did you know that this plant’s fragrance induces sleep? It is also known to lower stress levels and blood pressure. This beautiful plant has the ability to bring about calm when the aroma is inhaled. Therefore giving a tranquilizing effect and making you have the most restful sleep you ever experienced.


This plant gives off a scent that has a sedative effect which will definitely help you to keep calm and sleep much better. Since ancient times it has been known to promote a more positive sleeping pattern as it dispenses its sweet aroma. It has been rated as one of the best plants to help with sleep efficiency. Place one at your bedside and see the difference.

Snake Plant

This elegant plant is so neat and makes up for your home decor in so many ways. It’s air purifying ability is similar to the aloe vera plant. The snake plant releases oxygen during the nighttime, making your bedroom’s air fresher and cleaner, naturally- giving you a sweeter and more peaceful sleep.


The Gardenia plant is said to be an effective plant for treating insomnia, anxiety and poor sleep. It is said that the Gardenia has the ability to induce sleep like sleeping tablets, and is really effective in doing so. Research shows that some people truly rely on this plant and its ability if they are prescribed with mood enhancers or sleeping pills.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plant is an active air purifier which helps to eliminate toxins from the air. With better air comes better sleep. Aloe vera plant releases oxygen at night, making for a night of more restful beauty sleep. Aloe  Vera is easy to care and require very little attention. It is hard to die so it is one of the best choices if you do not have a green thumb. Keep it at a strategic location to absorb lots of sunlight.

Spider Plant

This plant is an active air purifier. It works in the same way as Aloe vera and Snake plant. With a more purified air comes more effective and efficient sleep ability. The more peaceful you sleep, the more beautiful you will be. Spider plant has an ability to remove a huge percentage of harmful formaldehyde from the air you breathe.  So refresh the air you sleep in by placing one or two of these plants at your bedside.

English Ivy

If you are bothered with breathing problems, the English ivy has been known to improve symptoms of allergies and asthma as it has the power to clean up to 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold. If you can have improved breathing ability, you will definitely have better and more effective sleep.  This plant is a trailing plant, so it is better kept on a tall shelf or in a hanging basket.

My father is now 65 and has no more sounds coming from him when he sleeps. He has fully learned the sleeping hacks I came up with (whisper – he was stubborn at first) and practices them every day. He has even developed his own routine now and it works.

The plants mentioned are really good and some neighbors are raving after my dad taught them a thing or few about his experience.

So go ahead and let nature help you in applying your sleeping routines and get the best sleep you ever wanted.

Thank you for your time.

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