Keeping Plants in Bedroom – Harmful or Helpful?


Who doesn’t love staying close to nature? Planting a garden is always a great idea. However, whether we should keep them indoors is a debatable topic with different conflicting views. Especially this one: Is keeping plants in bedroom harmful or helpful? It’s challenging to derive a conclusion.

A plant indeed does more good than just making the shelves look brighter. Along with producing the life-saving gas oxygen, plants help in boosting moods by reducing the stress level. They help increase creativity and productivity, bring tranquillity, and act as a natural filter for air pollutants. 

However, we are even aware of the fact that plants do emit carbon dioxide at night. Just as humans, plants do respire too. The question that lingers in mind is, “are these CO2 emitted by plants harmful?” Well, being honest, carbon dioxide, when emitted in a smaller amount, is relatively less harmful. There are communities of people that love to stay close to nature and are surrounded by plants all around. Do those people die? Absolutely not! Instead, they live a much healthier and happy life.

Besides emitting oxygen, plants in the bedroom can lead to a rise in the humidity level of the room by emitting water vapor during transpiration. Many Feng Shui experts have presented the idea that indoor plants produce energies that disturbs sleep. According to Feng Shui experts, “During sleep, the energy goes down as sleeping is a Yin event. But plants carry wood energy that is a strong vibrant and is yang energy.”

This made me wonder, “don’t people want to live in a place that’s more vibrant and full of liveliness?”

According to scientific research and study, plants affect the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the room, which directly affects sleep quality. On the other hand, plants act as high-end air purifying machines. The negative ions present in the air attach themselves, and harmful particles like mold spores, bacteria, dust, and allergens are effectively removed from the air.

Plants in Bedroom, good or bad?

Plants in Bedroom, good or bad?

The benefits of plants, in general, are outnumbered. Planting a garden makes the whole area look aesthetically beautiful and alive. Do we know that simply touching a leaf for 2 minutes straight will reduce the stress level?

The bedroom is the place where we consider to be our heaven of peace, the place where we can relax and finally put away all the worries and surrender ourselves to the lap of sleep. Growing a plant in such a place would make it peaceful, and eventually, it will enhance the quality of sleep.

When designing a bedroom for yourself, have you ever wondered about the chemicals that are being released by the beautiful paints on the wall? I know, not really. Plant present in such a place absorbs all the negative ions and the toxins released by these chemicals and freshens the air. Don’t just only count on plants to make your bedroom healthy and fresh. Other factors such as regular ventilation, a comfortable mattress, fresh bed cover add up to the overall well-being of a bedroom.

Benefits of having plants in bedroom

●    Relaxing Effects:

Bedrooms are places where we want calmness and tranquillity that gives us a feel like a dense forest. According to studies, color, shapes, and scents lead to psychological changes and plants carry each element. It is a proven fact that students present in a room with plants are more attentive in their studies. Plants help them to improve their focus.

●    Helps to combat allergies:

Plants present in a room help build a robust immune response among the people attending, which is good for little babies suffering from an underdeveloped immune system. There are many toxins and dust present in the surroundings that trigger allergies. Plants in the surroundings help to combat those toxins and make the air healthier to breathe.

●    Works as Noise Insulator:

Do we know an interesting fact? Plants can absorb and reduce the noise that is entering our home from outside. Studies prove that plants reduce the noise level by 5 decibels, which is quite significant. To produce the facts on a deeper level, plants act as a perfect distraction, and with calmness and quietness associated with it, they redirect our consciousness to someplace less noisy. 

Plants that Release Oxygen at Night

The heading seems quite unusual, right? Well, it’s true, indeed! Some plants also release oxygen at night, which leads to the reverse process of releasing carbon dioxide in the sunlight. There are few TED talks aired on this topic as well. The oxygen that the plants are producing is somehow trapped and cannot escape during daylight. This characteristic is derived from the plant’s DNA to protect the plant from the loss of water. At night, the plant cools and relaxes the pores, and then the trapped oxygen is released.

Best Bedroom Plants Ideas

When choosing bedroom plants, don’t choose a plant that requires a lot of sunlight and a warm temperature. Mentioned below are a few of the low-light plants that you can consider placing in your bedroom.

●    The Sansevieria plant can grow in low bedroom light and can even convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. Also known as the snake plant, this plant is an absolute star for bedrooms.

●    Aloe vera is not only boosted for its beneficial effects but is also an excellent choice for bedroom plants. It helps to remove the benzene and formaldehyde in the air and use the gel to soothe your skin-one item with two benefits.

●    Chlorophytum comosum or the spider plant not only helps to remove the toxins from the air but is easy to take care of. This plant also comes with the benefit of being non-toxic to animals.

●    Philodendron is a plant that will add that subtle romantic touch to the bedroom with style. It adds air-purifying capacities as well.  I hope this post helps! Now start enjoying a healthier life with better sleep quality by decorating your bedroom with beautiful and suitable plants. Planting a mini garden in the bedroom will bring a better change in your day-to-day life!

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