In a high-stress world, it can be tough to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. However, design and decor can go a long way to creating the relaxing atmosphere you need to rest well. Houseplants can be used in an infinite number of ways to not only accentuate the layout of your bedroom but also give you maximum health benefits.
Natural Stress Reliever
Nature has a way of relieving stress while relaxing the mind and body. Studies have shown that spending time outside decreases activity in the prefrontal area of the brain, where anxious or depressive thoughts begin. Bringing nature into your bedroom can have a similar effect.
Everything from the shape of their leaves to the color of their leaves contributes to stress relief. They bring in the comforting scents of earth while naturally giving your bedroom an organic element. The touch, feel, and the smell of a plant isn’t something you can duplicate through synthetic flowers.
Cleaner Air Equals Better Sleep
Plants do more than look beautiful. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, cleaning the air inside your home. Through this process, they can rid your home of dangerous chemicals like:
• Trichloroethylene: This toxin makes its way into the air from printing inks, paints, adhesives, and varnishes.
• Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is found in paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, particle board, and paper towels.
• Benzene: Dyes, detergents, and plastics may contain benzene.
• Ammonia: This chemical is commonly used in cleaners and fertilizers.
Though most of these toxins are found only in trace amounts in the home, they can build up without proper ventilation. That’s one reason that people recommend airing out a mattress before sleeping on it. Many mattresses release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when new. To minimize these effects, look for GreenGuard or CertiPUR-USⓇ certified mattresses and furniture marked as low emissions.
The Best Plants to Use
NASA conducted a study to find the plants that work best to remove biotoxins from indoor air. A few of their recommendations include:
• Dwarf date palm
• Chinese evergreen
• Peace lily
• Florist’s chrysanthemum
How to Choose
Your first consideration should be your climate. Some plants do well in dry climates while others are more sensitive to moisture levels. Do a little research, so you know what kind of plants thrive in your environment.
Maintenance should be your next concern. Some plants need water every few days while others don’t need it for weeks. Whatever type of plant you choose, be sure you know how often it should be watered and whether or not it tolerates direct sunlight.
When it comes to decor, consider the size and shape of the plant. If you have an empty bedroom corner, a tall, thin plant might be what you need to fill the vertical space. On the other hand, if the only space available is a windowsill, a small pot of English ivy might work best.
Article written by Samantha (Sam) Kent of SleepHelp.org