Our bedroom is the place to rest, relax, and – most importantly – get a good night’s sleep. But did you know that our bedrooms can contain chemicals? Formaldehyde can come from insulation and carpet backing. Trichlorethylene can come from our dry cleaning. Benzene cam come from the solvents and paints in our bedroom. All of these can redistribute into the air we breathe when we sleep, in turn, affecting the quality of sleep we get. However, there’s no need to panic! Adding some plants to your bedroom can help all of this.
The Benefits of Bedroom Plants
The biggest benefit of having plants is filtering the air. Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the environment around them and produce oxygen during the day to be released at night. Here are some other benefits:
- They can brighten up your room. Indoor plants can make your room feel more alive by brightening up your space. Adding a potted plant to your bedside table can make your relaxing space more appealing.
- They can help purify the air in your bedroom. As we mentioned earlier, your bedroom can contain certain chemicals and toxins. Adding an air purifying plant to your room can absorb those unwanted toxins and release clean, purified oxygen back into the air, creating a fresh sleeping environment.
- Plants can help relieve stress. We said it earlier, your bedroom is to rest and relax. Taking care of your plants as you wind down for the day can reduce the feeling of stress and anxiety. Doing something as simple as touching the leaves of your plants for two minutes can have a very positive impact on your stress levels.
The Best Houseplants for Your Bedroom
There are several different house plant options for you no matter what your bedroom environment is like. Whether your room gets ample sunlight or is as dark as Dracula’s room, there are options.
Bedroom Plants for Low Light
If your bedroom doesn’t get much sunlight throughout the day, we recommend a low-light plant. They are easy to maintain and will thrive even if there’s minimal sunlight.
- Peace Lily: This is one of the most popular bedroom plants. It is known for its glossy leaves and can handle several irrigation systems. It is easy to tell when your plant needs some water because the leaves and flowers can become droopy. But don’t worry – black thumb or not – just add a little water and it should perk back up after watering.
- English Ivy: English Ivy can spread when growing outdoors with plenty of exposure to sunlight. However, it also thrives in low light. They do best when placed in hanging basket in a corner of your room or when placed near windows. English Ivy also does well with minimal watering.
- Philodendron: These plants are great for people who want a very low-maintenance plant. These do great in standing pots and hanging pots. You can place them anywhere you’d like, if it gets just a little bit of light. This plant doesn’t do well in complete darkness.
Bedroom Plants for Ample Sunlight
Some of plants can thrive in indirect sunlight, while others need to be in full sun exposure. Here are a few options for people with very bright bedrooms.
- Parlor Palm: These are larger plants, so they are better for bigger bedrooms. They love bright, but indirect sunlight, making them perfect for corners near windows. They do best in soil that is evenly moist, but don’t handle excess water very well. So, don’t soak it too much!
- Pothos: Pothos is a common household plant that survives almost any kind of lighting. Its signature thick leaves trap water, so they are pretty low maintenance and don’t need to be watered every day. The soil should be on the drier side most of the time. They do great on windowsills or tables by a window.
- Scented Geranium: Adding a scented geranium gives you some natural aromatherapy. Although geraniums are a flowering plant, this version doesn’t bloom much. But don’t worry, what this plant lacks in flowers, it makes up for with a beautiful scent. The leaves can smell like apricot, nutmeg, lime, cinnamon, rose, and so on. It does best in warm, sunny, and dry conditions, so a sunny window or area with extra light is best.
Aromatherapy Plants to Help You Sleep
Most of the plants we’ve discussed are great for improving your quality of sleep because they purify the air in your bedroom and reduce stress. However, scented plants can also provide a great sleep environment. Here are a few aromatherapy plants to consider:
- Jasmine: Jasmine has been found to produce a calming effect for those suffering from anxiety. Placing a planted pot of jasmine in your bedroom can help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Lavender: Lavender has a soothing and relaxing smell that can help you sleep at night. The best way to grow lavender indoors is to expose it to a lot of sunlight.
Bedroom plants do more than just decorate your room. They can help you get rid of toxins that disrupt your sleep. There are plenty of options to choose from, whether you pick one from the list or go a route entirely of your own!