There’s almost nothing as beautiful as a thriving garden inside your home. That’s why plastic plants and succulents are so popular right now. Plants are not only a great and easy decoration – but real ones are also great for your health! Plants can make a room feel cheerful, clean the air in a room, and help you sleep better at night.
Scientists found that having plants in the room of appendectomy patients correlated to lowered requests for pain medicine post-surgery, as well as having lower blood pressure, heart rate, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue. The study also found that those patients had a higher satisfaction in their room and more positive feelings in general. Working with plants was found to improve the emotional intelligence, pro-social behavior, and scientific investigation skills of kindergarten children.
You also want to have clean air flowing through your bedroom. No matter the temperature, moving air in the bedroom can help you sleep better. If it’s possible to open a window or keep a fan running, it’s highly recommended. Sleeping in a cool environment can be helpful for falling asleep. If you tend to be hot when you sleep, look for mattresses that dissipate heat well. Warm, stagnant conditions make an uncomfortable sleeping environment for the room that we spend approximately a third of our lives in.
While typical design rules say that you shouldn’t have plants in your bedroom, these rules are bendable – especially since you probably keep your electronics in your bedroom as well. Clutter and electronics can be distracting to rest. However, a few small plants are welcome as long as they are set away from the bed.
A NASA study found that having plants like gerbera daisies, snake plants or potted mums indoors can help to purify the air in your home without a lot of effort on your part. Adding jasmine or lavender can also put off calming scents to help calm any anxiety that starts when you lie down at night.
As you can see, there’s no real downside to having plants in your home, as long as you aren’t allergic to their pollen! So how can you bring plants into your room, even when you don’t have a lot of space?
If you have a window in your bedroom, try making a window box out of the plants mentioned above, and leave the windows cracked while you sleep. A terrarium made up of succulent plants, or air plants suspended from the ceiling, can also be a good way to bring plants into a small space. You’ll need to soak an air plant for about half an hour before you hang it, and then allow it to dry.
For either of the other types of planters, you can use almost anything you have in the house. Succulents can do well in anything from an unused mug to a cracked fish tank. As long as you have the right sort of substrate – rocks and well-drained potting soil for a terrarium, potting soil for the window box, or free air for the air plants – you can have happy, healthy plants contributing to a happier, healthier you.