Houseplants have recently become a trend as a piece of décor to liven up the bedroom. However, home décor experts are divided on whether a plant in the bedroom is beneficial or harmful. The camp against having plants in bedrooms is because many believe that our green friends take away oxygen from us and produce carbon dioxide at night, which can disrupt sleep. However, the net amount of carbon dioxide produced by plants at night is negligible – many times less than a human. If sleeping with your partner doesn’t kill, having plants in your bedroom won’t. In addition, the idea that carbon dioxide is harmful probably arose out of confusion with its more sinister analogue, carbon monoxide, which can kill in small amounts but isn’t produced by plants. That’s probably how the idea that houseplants may kill you came about.
So dispel that myth that plants in your bedroom are dangerous. In fact, studies by the Clean Air Study and the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health show that besides acting as a décor piece, they lift your mood, are natural air purifiers, produce oxygen, maintain humidity in the air, create a peaceful environment and minimise stress. They do seem pretty useful don’t they? But don’t count on them to act like the sandman. Remember that fresh bedsheets, a comfy mattress, proper pillows and good sleep habits are still important! Other than that, a plant pal is pretty great and here are some tips to help you get set up your plant in the bedroom
3 things to consider when setting up your bedroom plant
1. Location, Location, Location
Where should you put your plant? Start small and find a place that has access to light and space. Plants don’t need constant sunlight and usually thrive near windows that get occassional sunlight. Try to find a space in your bedroom that’s near to a window so your plant can thrive and get some sun! However, be sure to check what the plant needs first before deciding on a spot.
2. Who’s gonna care for the plants?
Is this a first responsibility for your child to prove he/she can care for a pet? Perhaps it’s an additional duty for another busy parent. No matter who’s in charge, the plants will need regular watering and pruning.
3. Which plant should I get?
Well this depends on preference. There are so many plants to choose from but what are YOU looking for in a plant? Minimal effort? Aroma? Air purifier?
If you’re someone who’s into health and has a hectic schedule, this snake plant is just right for you. A crazy low-maintenance plant is an optimal choice for the bedroom because not is it highly recommended as a natural air-purifier by NASA, but it also is one of the rare houseplants that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night.
Jasmine plants are a super plant you can put in your room. Perhaps you have a jasmine sachet under your pillow, why don’t you bring the real thing into your room? It reduces anxiety and those pretty flowers add a nice touch to the bedroom. So if you’re someone who enjoys something pleasing to the senses, a jasmine plant should be right up your alley!
Areca palms are yet another great air purifying plant and are especially suitable for families because they are non-toxic so it’s safe for pets and kids! Not only do they make your air fresh as a daisy but will also give your rooms that trendy tropical vibes that’s great for the summer.
For those who might not have green thumbs, a rubber plant is definitely one to consider. Not only is this beautiful forest green plant extremely low maintenance but is also one hard working plant! Besides adding a tropical, lush vibe into your bedroom, it also functions as a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
One of the greatest benefits of houseplants is their calming effects which makes them an ideal item to have in your bedroom. In fact, studies have shown that you can reduce your stress levels by simply touching a plant’s leaves for 2 minutes! Isn’t that amazing? Although there isn’t any scientific proof that having a plant in your bedroom will make you sleep more, they do transform your room into an inviting and calming space that can help you sleep faster and better!