While many rooms in the house may have a touch of green from houseplants, the bedroom is not usually one of them. However, adding greenery to the bedroom has both physical and psychological benefits. Plus, they can help you sleep better.
Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
In a small study, researchers added flowers and foliage to hospital rooms to see if they affected how patients recovered from surgery. Patients with the plants in their bedroom tended to have lower blood pressure and heart rates. They also asked for fewer pain medication doses than those who didn’t have flowers in their room. While you are hopefully not recovering from surgery in your bedroom, you can still take advantage of the calming effects of a small garden in your home.
Decrease Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue
Those in the study also reported lower rates of pain, anxiety, and fatigue when they had plants in their room. Patients also generally had more positive feelings and higher satisfaction with their rooms. Of course, hospital rooms are probably not quite as cozy as your bedroom. But if adding a couple of houseplants can help you enjoy your bedroom even more – why not?
Improve Air Quality
People generally sleep better when they are breathing clean, fresh air. Houseplants can provide this clean air for free. Many plants can absorb pollutants and carbon dioxide in the bedroom and release oxygen instead. NASA tested plants to see which were best for reducing common household air pollutants. Many of the flowering plants, like certain varieties of lilies and chrysanthemums, also improve the air quality.
The Recipe for a Soothing Sleep Environment
Plants are one ingredient in the recipe for a calming and relaxing bedroom. Here are some other steps you can take to improve your sleep through bedroom design:
Add blackout curtains to keep out light pollution and sunlight when you’re trying to sleep.
Keep your bedroom cool with fans and air conditioning. If you still feel hot, your mattress may be the culprit. Some of them reflect heat back at you. Luckily, there are new mattress materials that transfer heat away from you more efficiently. A mattress with buckling column gel may be a better fit than one primarily made of memory foam, polyfoam, or other heat-retaining materials.
Paint your room with a relaxing color; blues, greens, pastels and earth tones are generally good choices.
In an era where one-third of American adults are sleep-deprived, you need to get as much quality rest as you can. Making some design adjustments to the bedroom, like adding houseplants or blackout curtains, may help you rest a little easier.