Is it healthy to keep plants in your bedroom?

Is it healthy to keep plants in your bedroom?
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From ancient times, we have heard our elders say that we should not go under trees during night time. This advice is justified by scientific facts. Now, many experiments show us that during night time, plants also respire taking oxygen in and giving carbon dioxide out, so during the night, sleeping under a tree may cause suffocation. If we sleep under a tree during night time, oxygen will more readily be depleted in the area due to the consumption of oxygen by both plants and us.

Relationship between plant and human

In nature, all organisms exist in a natural ecological balance. Humans are also a biological species (Homo sapiens), existing in symbiotic relation. Agriculture in a broad sense involves a symbiotic relationship between humans and plants. In nature green plants are primary producers of food and provide oxygen, water, fuel, clothes, and shelter to humans and in turn humans provide carbon dioxide to the plants for the process of photosynthesis.

Respiration in plants

Plants respire all the time, not dependent on the availability of sunlight. During the day, photosynthesis also occurs in presence of sunlight, producing more oxygen as compared to carbon dioxide, but during the night, only respiration takes place. Plants also use oxygen and release carbon dioxide.

 Good surprising exception

However, some plants can absorb carbon dioxide during the night as well, because of their ability to perform a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM- is a carbon fixation pathway that evolved in some plants as an adaptation for arid climates). Having these green beauties at home improves air quality throughout the day and helps people to sleep better at night. The amount of carbon dioxide released and oxygen absorbed is minimal. This means that it is absolutely safe to have plants in your bedroom.

Here is list of this type popular plant that give oxygen 24*7*365

1 – Areca palm 

  • Botanical nameDypsis lutescens
  • Habitat Areca palms do best in bright, indirect light but will tolerate a bit of shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as this will scorch the leaves, and keep away from draughts. Areca palms need a warm room – ideally around 18°-24°C, with a minimum of 10°C in winter.

Areca Palm plant is a one of most popular ornamental houseplants. It also known as golden cane palm, areca palm, yellow palm, butterfly palm, or bamboo palm.


2 – Snake Plant

  • Botanical name Dracaena trifasciata
  • Habitat – Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light and can even tolerate some direct sunlight. However, they also grow well (albeit more slowly) in shady corners and other low-lit areas of the home.  Bright, indirect light is best for this plant, which also only needs to be watered when the soil becomes nearly dry.  In the right conditions, it can live for decades.

It helps remove formaldehyde (HCHO) from the air. The neurotoxicity effects of formaldehyde are shown up in the form of headache, dizziness, depression, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Adding it to home allows people to breathe in a healthy environment, even during the night. It also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” refers to the pointed tips of the leaves, which symbolises the sharp tongue of the mother-in-law!


3 – Aloe Vera Plant

  • Botanical name- Aloe barbadensis miller
  • Habitat – Aloe species are mostly inhabitants of arid climates, and are widely distributed in Africa, India, and other arid areas. However, they could also be grown in subtropical summer rainfall and winter rainfall regions.

Aloe vera makes for an excellent indoor plant with low maintenance and have easy propagation. Not only is it easy to maintain, it is also sleek and it does not shed leaves that may fall to the ground. Another plus point, the gel inside of its leaves can help relieve pain from sunburns or other skin irritations.


4 – Spider Plant

  • Botanical name – Chlorophytum comosum
  • Habitat –The plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia, and some are grown as ornamentals. Typically features long grassy green-and-white-striped leaves. Spider plants can be grown outside, where they prefer light shade and well-drained soil. But indoors, they really are not low-light plants. They thrive in lots of indirect light, between 13- and 27-degrees C. If leaf tips turn brown, collect rainwater to irrigate your spider plants as they are sensitive to the fluoride in tap water.

It is also one of the best for air purification. The plant is durable and adaptable, so it can be a good air plant for your bedroom, bathroom, or just anywhere else in your home. Spider plants will also emit a lot of oxygen, helping you breathe more naturally in the evening while you sleep. Usually called spider plant or common spider plant due to its spider-like look, also known as spider ivy or ribbon plant.


5 – Peace lily    

  • Botanical name – Spathiphyllum
  • Habitat – The natural habitat of peace lilies is the tropical rainforest. They make wonderful houseplants but you must always keep the soil moist to ensure the survival and happiness of this beauty.

It is one of the most enduring and popular houseplants for a bedroom for good reason: its glossy leaves thrive in high or low-light situations, and its roots tolerate a variety of irrigation habits. Commonly known as peace lily, white sails, or spathe flower, it is a very popular indoor house plant of the family Araceae.


Let the beauty of these plant infuse your bedroom with fun and fresh air. Some more plants are-

6 – Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

  7 – English ivy (Hedera helix)

8 – Corn plants (Dracaena fragrans)

9 – Gerber daisy (Gerbera)

10 – Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

11 – Philodendrons

12 – Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

13 – Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata)

14 – Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

15 – Lavender (Lavandula)

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