Living a greener life is on trend right now - besides being the "it" thing to do, going green has many health and lifestyle benefits that consumers are reaping. Many people decide to start making aspects of their lives greener in their homes, and the bedroom is a terrific place to start! After all, we spend about one third of our lives sleeping, so why not make some simple changes to make that third of our life greener? One easy way to make your bedroom greener both literally and figuratively is by adding some green plants to your cozy space. What are the benefits of adding plants to your bedroom? Keep reading to find out.
Benefits of Adding Plants to Your Bedroom
Plants have many benefits beyond aesthetic ones. Adding a plant to your bedroom may promote a cooler looking space, but you may not stop to think about how plants contribute to our health and wellness. Plants in our homes help improve air quality by adding more oxygen to our space. When we exhale carbon dioxide, plants produce more oxygen, which we need to breathe. Having more oxygen circulating while we snooze and snore can help us feel more rested and rejuvenated.
Plants also have been shown to increase our bodies' healing capabilities, helping us be more well and avoid colds, dry skin, sore throats, and coughs. That's and especially important benefit as we approach the wintry months and many of us are plagued by colds, viruses, and sickness.
Just as important as our physical health is our mental health. Adding just one or two small plants can help decrease stress and anxiety. In fact, many people struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep because of racing thoughts and stress keeping them awake. Introducing a plant to the bedroom could help counteract the stress that leads to tossing, turning, and being wide awake when you wish you were sound asleep.
Top Picks for Bedroom Plants
So maybe you're ready to introduce a plant to your bedroom but you're overwhelmed by the choices available. Indoor plants come in so many different sizes with varying needs. It's important to consider the size plant your space allows for as well as how much time and energy you have to dedicate to your new green buddy. If you have a busy routine, opting for one medium-sized plant that requires low upkeep may help you maximize the green benefits of your leafy friend. On the other hand, if you are experienced in tending to plants, maybe you would be ok with a plant that requires a little more maintenance, or even a collection of a few smaller plants. No matter your experience level, size restraint, or daily routine, there is a plant on the market to fit your bedroom and your lifestyle.
Many of us have heard about the sleep benefits of lavender. In fact, we may use lavender spritzes, sprays, or essential oils to ease us into sleep in the evenings. Why not go straight to the source and invest in a lavender plant for the bedroom? The pop of lilac color adds a unique touch to this house plant.
Snake plants are a great traditional houseplant suitable for the bedroom. Although many of us would like to avoid snakes in our homes, this plant gets its name from its tall leaves of varying green and yellow colors. This plant makes an excellent air purifier and requires low upkeep - perfect for those on the go!
It's time to get on the succulent trend! Not only are succulents having a major moment right now, these little guys, along with orchids and bromeliads, are almost nocturnal in nature, releasing more oxygen and taking in more carbon dioxide at night, making them a great addition to the bedroom. Succulents are known for their ease of care, as many of these plants live naturally in dry, arid climates. If you have a brown thumb or the tendency to just forget about watering your green friends sometimes, succulents might make the best choice for you.
No matter your lifestyle, working to be a little greener has many benefits. If you want to sleep easier and cozy up your bedroom, adding a plant is a trendy way to maximize your benefits. Don't forget to opt for sustainable bedding products such as the EcoPEDIC line when customizing your green space!