Indoor plants are ideal for every room. They make a space look more natural and cozier, and have health benefits, too. Plants tend to be curiously absent from our bedrooms, though. Perhaps it’s because we associate this room with the dark. Or that we use it only for one thing: sleeping (a time we’re unable to enjoy plants). Despite this, you might want to add a plant or two to your sleeping quarters. Here’s why.
- They help us relax. Scientific research shows that being around indoor plants can help us feel calmer and more relaxed. That might help us fall asleep more easily. I don’t know about you, but I find it harder to drift into dreams after stressful days. Having plants in my bedroom makes it feel more like a sanctuary.
- They help with dry air. Plants, through their breaking process, release moisture into the air. This can help us feel more comfortable, reducing symptoms like dry, itchy skin. The extra moisture can also help us breathe more easily.
- They help remove toxins. Speaking of breathing easily, scientific research shows that plants also remove indoor air pollutants. This includes gases like formaldehyde and benzene. It also includes particulate matter, like dust and mold spores. The easier you breathe, the better quality your sleep.
As with any plant, it’s important to match the plant’s needs to the growing conditions of your space. But three great choices for any room include Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), snake plant (Sansevieria), and ZZ plant (Zamioculcas). They grow in low, medium and bright light and are forgiving if you forget to water from time to time.