If you have a green thumb and lots of houseplants, you might want to consider moving some of them into your bedroom. Though it’s more common to have houseplants in a living room, adding living flowers and ferns to your bedroom has benefits. Plants in the bedroom lead to cleaner air, which is a healthier environment for sleep.
Clean Air Leads to Better Sleep
We all like a breath of fresh air. Apparently, this is true even when we sleep. Researchers had subjects sleep in two rooms, one with more ventilation and one with slightly less. The group that had more ventilation and less carbon dioxide in the air reported better sleep quality and did better on next-day performance tests. Since many people can’t keep their windows year-round, plants are an excellent way to improve air quality in your bedroom. They remove carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into oxygen, which is a better condition for sleeping.
Many plants do even more than freshen your air with oxygen. Some of them can remove harmful indoor air pollutants. NASA tested which plants were able to remove common indoor air pollutants from furniture and household cleaners. They found that some plants were able to remove five different kinds of indoor air pollutants. Others were good at removing a higher quantity of particular pollutants. The best one for your room depends on your plant preferences, pets, and everyday air pollutants in your home.
Best Plants for Healthy Air
Any plants in the bedroom will convert carbon dioxide to oxygen for you. However, some plants are preferred because they are flowering or a good height for the space that they are kept. If you like flowering plants, both the Florist’s Chrysanthemum and the Peace Lily filter out all five tested air pollutants. English ivy is also a good choice, filtering four of the five air pollutants. When you’re shopping for bedroom plants, keep in mind that some are toxic if pets eat them, so stay away from plants like the Flamingo Lily if you have cats and dogs. There are so many choices out there, there’s a good chance you’ll find one that you love and your pets won’t mind.
Further Bedroom Elements for Better Sleep
Adding a small plant to your nightstand is a step toward getting a better night’s rest. However, if you want to further transform your room into a restful environment, try these tips:
Make sure your space is comfortable: Although we may prefer a puffy blanket, many people don’t realize what type of mattress or pillow that they need. It depends on how they sleep. For example, stomach sleepers usually need less fluffy pillows. If you’re not sure how you sleep, you can always try a mattress that is slightly firmer than medium. Back sleepers will find it probably gives enough support, but side sleepers should test if it’s soft enough to be cozy.
Darken the room for rest: Light, airy curtains look amazing during the day, but light pollution can seep in at night, disturbing sleep. Adding curtains or blinds to block out light at night may help you sleep better.
Ventilate: If it’s warm enough to open a window, try it. While houseplants clean and oxygenate the air, it still feels nice to have moving air in a bedroom. Fans and open windows also help you stay cool and comfortable.
Adding houseplants to your bedroom is an easy step to take to make your sleep environment more comfortable.
About the Author:
Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.