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Snake Plant Benefits
Lifestyle

There’s a Snake Plant In My Bedroom! (And It Helps Me Sleep)

Nov 22, 2017
Snake Plant Benefits

By: Dave Hanegraaff

Updated: November 2, 2021

Keeping a bedroom Snake Plant greatly affected the air quality in my personal space and thus improved my quality of sleep and life. I hope my story can help improve your sleep life as well, so here it is.

Air quality is important. Duh. No one will contest that breathing cool mountain air into our lungs feels a whole lot better than sucking down smog in the city streets. But, sometimes air quality (or lack thereof) escapes us. That is to say, just because we don’t see dark billowing clouds of smog doesn’t mean that the air quality is good.

Here’s a story about how air quality can escape us

I lived a number of years in Santiago, Chile. Before moving there I had no idea that due to a unique combination of social, geographic and climatological circumstances, Santiago had some of the worst air quality in the world depending on the time of year. 

Yet, the sight of the snow-capped Andes would have given me the exact opposite impression. It wasn’t until I had a runny nose and saw the soot-colored snot that I realized the truth of invisible levels of air quality. This got my attention.

Where else was I being affected by poor air quality without knowing it? I decided to do some investigating and I didn’t quite like what I found. But, awareness is the first step to fixing a problem. I discovered that while we tend to associate poor air quality with outdoor elements such as pollution, that our indoor spaces are often a far greater source of unhealthy air due to the presence of substances such as “lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.”

Ok air quality, you have my attention.

Now that we know there is a problem, what can we do to fix it?

There are several ways that we can improve our air quality with fairly minimal effort. As I mentioned, the air quality outside is often better than that on the inside. So, why not bring outside in?

 In researching ways to improve my indoor air quality I came across a solution that will not only help me feel better but will make my place look better as well. Talk about a win-win. And it’s NASA recommended? That’s a win-win-win in my book.

Types of Snake Plants

There are a number of relatively inexpensive plants that you can purchase such as the peace lily, aloe vera, spider plant and valerian to name a few. But, one rose above the others in my research and it was the bedroom snake plant.

Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

The Bird’s nest is a trendy,  low-maintenance, compact snake plant that is very easy to maintain. The small height (6 - 9 inches) makes them a great addition to any bedroom or workplace. The cluster of leaves is similar to a bird’s nest.

Laurentii Sansevieria Trifasciata

Commonly known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue.’ It is one of the most popular kinds of snake plants, and many people choose it for their bedroom, home, and office due to its low light, low maintenance, hardy nature. The plant offers upward sword-like leaves with a creamy yellow leaf outline.  The height ranges from 24 to 33 inches tall.

Cylinder Snake Plant

Also known as Sansevieria cylindrica, it is a relative to the mother-in-law's tongue and is easy to grow. This plant provides smooth, round, spear-like foliage that can grow upwards to two feet tall. The leaves reach outward to resemble a crown.

Other Bedroom Plants

Keeping various plants in the house, especially the bedroom where we spend most of our time, will have a tremendous impact on the quality of our air and your sleep.

Jasmine:

Reduces anxiety, and improves sleep.

English Ivy

NASA’s #1 air cleaning plant!

Lavender

Calms feelings of anxiety and can help treat insomnia.

Aloe

Can help clean the air in your house or bedroom.

Plants that can improve sleep

(image source: @remediescare)

“Snakes…why did it have to be snakes.”

Just like Indiana Jones, I’m deathly afraid of snakes, so the name initially perturbed me, but the information eventually overwhelmed me into believing in the merits of sticking one or two into my bedroom.

Snake Plant Benefits

Commonly identified as Mother-in-law's tongue, the snake plant is a resilient houseplant that can make a bold statement in your bedroom or home. Not only does it provide unique, sword-like leaves, but there are various snake plant benefits in the bedroom.

Releases Nighttime Oxygen

The snake plant produces oxygen at night and emits it in the evening while also taking in CO2, a natural byproduct of breathing. This characteristic makes it an excellent plant for bedroom decoration as it can help improve healthy airflow.

Filters Household Toxins

It also filters common air pollutants and household toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. It’s so infamous for improving sleep that it has earned the nicknames of “oxygen factory” and “the bedroom plant.”

NASA Study: Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement

Allergy-Reducing Plant

Individuals with allergies can find relief with a snake plant. Whether at your home, bedroom, or office space, these air-purifying indoor plants can help alleviate allergies. 

  • Deliver moisture in the air and reduce airborne allergens. 
  • Absorbs toxins, releases oxygen
  • Snake plant doesn’t produce allergens
  • Leaves are smooth, collects less dust

Snake Plant Care

What makes them so popular is that they are extremely drought tolerant. Make sure that you provide well-drained potting soil or potting mix that doesn't hold a lot of water. Please place them in bright, but indirect sunlight is the best option. However, you can set the plant in a dark corner; it will be fine.

Keep in mind, the less light, some leaves will become washed-out, and the taller ones can become floppy or leggy. Having it under the right conditions, they will actually bloom! 

  • Don't overwater. It can be easy to do, but it's best to allow the soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering can cause root rot. 
  • Water from the bottom if possible.
  • It's best to keep in a warm room with temperatures above 50 degrees.
  • In the winter, make sure to protect them from the cold and drafty windows. 
  • Wash the leaves periodically with a damp cloth to remove unwanted dust.

Purchasing a couple of these miracle plants will greatly enhance your sleep hygiene and overall sleep quality. I never thought I’d say this about something with "snake" in the name, but I never want to go back to sleeping in a room without a snake plant or something like it again. And it’s so simple! But, don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. I guarantee that you will notice a difference within a week or two.

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