Come to think of those plants you placed in the sleeping room – how did you choose them? Was it a smart move or something you did without thinking? Are there any benefits of growing plants in your bedroom?
When you become a passionate gardener, like me, there comes the moment when you stop thinking about any dangers of this hobby. One day you just realize that you are surrounded by plants!
Okay, before I freak you out, let’s try to stay focused and get down to discussing the benefits of growing plants in your bedroom. They are numerous, and I shall try to list 5 most notable ones.
Without further ado, here are the good sides!
- 5 Benefits Of Growing Plants In Your Bedroom
5 Benefits Of Growing Plants In Your Bedroom
1. Air quality improved
Even the scientist have general agreement on this one, and plants do that in various ways. But the most prominent of them all is the fact that they can provide a large surface area with their respiration.
Yeah, I see you saying: „Plants don’t breathe!“ and you are darn right because they have no muscles to do so. However, they RESPIRE, and that’s how they have a positive influence on the air quality in bedrooms. What they do is reduce carbon dioxide level. For them, it’s a food, for us- not quite. I mean, it cannot poison us, but it’s not helpful either.
Besides this, plants increase humidity which is particularly important, as it minimizes the potential respiratory issues. This is especially noticed during winter.
So how do they do so? By emitting vapor which transforms into humidity. But, be careful on this one, as too many plants get things out of control, and leads to one feeling as if in a jungle.
In addition to maintaining the desired CO2 and humidity level, they also help to deal with pollutants. Even NASA did a research on this and discovered that they indeed purify the air which certainly has numerous positive sides.
2. Sweet dreams are made of…
As quite a natural consequence which follows all the above-mentioned processes, one gets to sleep better. Some of them you notice directly while the others have an indirect impact.
But, whichever is the case, you will most certainly notice significant improvements in your sleeping patterns. For the better, of course. Quality air certainly comes as an essential and necessary condition for a good night sleep.
Certain plants emit various compounds which have a pleasant impact on our dreams. We could call that anti-insomnia benefits. The one that is most famous for this is eucalyptus, as it decreases respiratory issues and improves sleep. It smells amazing and cleans the sinuses as well. Come to think of it, koalas are lucky little creatures, aren’t they?
As a matter of fact, this plant has been used for this purpose for a long time. Used as a remedy in multiple situations for various diseases, this powerful plant removes the mucus and phlegm from the sinuses, thus improving respiratory functions.
Keeping a eucalyptus in your room is not a “mission impossible”. At least not until it becomes so large that you have to move it in the garden. This plant looks beautiful, particularly when it’s flowering. If you are not interested in growing one, you can use leaves or oil for the same purpose.
3. Having a peace of mind
What comes as a logical and natural consequence of quality air and insomnia-free night is calmness. Just a single look on a quiet and tranquil plant makes you feel the same, right? We admire their beauty and grace, it touches and fascinates us deeply. When so many strong emotions are involved, one inevitably feels calmer.
Some people go so far that they even identify with plants. And, that’s absolutely fine. Well, I may not be the most appropriate one to state that, as this topic awakes those deep feelings leading to me being overly subjective when explaining things.
Anyway, colors, shapes, and scents lead to psychological changes, many studies proved so. Having in mind that a plant has each of these three elements, no need to explain too much.
Believe it or not, indoor plants can also improve focus. Research conducted in students demonstrated that those who spent time in a room with a plant were significantly more attentive than those who didn’t. The positive impact is so strong that it even speeds up the recovery time for patients in hospitals.
And the enchanted circle closes with the fact that when one mind is relaxed and positively exhausted, it will travel to a dreamland lots easier than those who are not surrounded by plants.
4. An ultimate weapon to fight allergies
Parents can be overprotective in all aspects, and this is particularly seen in the situation involving health issues. What we point at here are allergies. Parents tend to shield the little ones from all the potential allergens and dirt, without being aware that it’s counterproductive.
Although this makes sense when they are still babies with an undeveloped immune system, it should change as they grow up.
Protecting the child from everything that could trigger a reaction makes kids more prone to allergies. Exposing them to a variety of houseplants builds a healthy immune response.
Put it this way- you won’t shock your kid’s immune system the very first time you have a picknick in the middle of nature, as the organism will be prepared to deal with plants. Of course, some kids become allergic despite the exposure, and these situations are exceptions.
And that leads us back to the previously described positive side. Raising a child is extremely stressful, and insomnia becomes our best friend (though not the one we asked for). Parents will certainly sense those mental benefits plants bring, and that will result in a healthier emotional and physical condition.
5. Goodbye noise
You are probably familiar with what trees next to roads do, so this is pretty much similar. Indoor plants absorb and reduce the distracting noise coming from the outside. Some of them even decrease those unwanted sounds by 5 decibels, which makes a significant difference.
Perhaps the actual trick lies in the fact that plants work as a perfect distraction. That calmness and quietness we mentioned make us identify with them, which definitely redirects our attention and consciousness to some less noisy places.
1. Which are the best plants for a sleeping room?
The list is rather long, but here are the most important ones: Lavender, Jasmine, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-law’s tongue), Spider Plant, Valerian, Gardenia, English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Bamboo Palm, Gerbera Daisies.
2. Are all bedroom plants pet-safe?
Be careful on this one, as many indoor plants, even though having no negative impact on people can be hazardous or even deadly to pets.
3. How many plants should I keep in my sleeping room?
This depends on plants species, as all of them act differently. Try to be moderate and balanced. You can always make a good plan where to put them all over your place, without stuffing any of the rooms.
4. Are plants in bedrooms dangerous?
Unless you plan to eat on them, not so. Some people like to point out the CO2 emission as a negative aspect, but the amount is so small, that it cannot cause any troubles at all. The only situation where one has to think carefully about which plant to put in a bedroom is in case a person is specifically allergic to some plant species.
Who would have thought that a single plant can be so powerful? I suppose that your entire perspective in plants will change after you have read this article. Besides all the health and mind benefits we described here, let us not forget the aesthetical aspect of the whole thing. A house filled with plants is a beautiful one.
Looking at that beautiful greenery, admire the vivid coloration and enjoy the scent of them is a unique experience that only a plant can offer.
Whether you are sitting in your room adorned with numerous plants or you like to walk in the forest, part, and any other similar place, you will agree that there’s always that special feeling.
That’s PRECISELY the thing I have tried to describe here. The true power of plants is in that strong yet silent positive impact they have on us. Now that you know all this, feel free to talk with plants, show them your appreciations. It will certainly make you feel even better!
There are many studies on the subject, and each of them agrees that there are numerous positive sides in multiple segments of one’s life. Now that you know about all the benefits of having a plant in your bedroom, don’t lose a second- go and get one (more).
Which plants do you keep in your bedroom? How do they make you feel? Share your thoughts and emotions with us, we are always happy to hear them.