There has been a constant debate about whether keeping plants in the bedroom is a good or bad idea. Various experts such as scientists and Feng Shui specialists have shared their perspectives on plants becoming a permanent part of the household. This article will present both sides of this topic, it will be up to you to choose what may truly apply to your bedroom.
According to Fawn Chang, a Feng Shui Designer, he agrees with the scientific answer of not leaving plants in sleeping areas. At nights plants are said to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. The concept is that keeping too many plants within an enclosed space will result in the limited natural air. From the point of view of the art of Feng Shui, plants represent a form of upward movement and growth. A place of rest does not represent a similar force of energy, making the environment the opposite of what is actually required. “Keeping plants in the bedroom can become a contradiction to the calm environment that rest requires,” says Dana Claudat, another author and Feng Shui consultant.
From the scientists’ perspectives in the U.S. Department of Energy, plants release carbon dioxide during their respiration period at nights. Without sunlight, plants stop the process of converting CO2 and water into sugar for food. During the night most plants will compete with humans for oxygen while it releases CO2 within that space.
The other side to the conversation is that those that have trouble sleeping can throw away those sleeping pills and replace them with varying types of therapeutic plants. Plants can serve as both naturally eye-catching beauties as well as acting as air purifiers. Jenny Hills, a medical writer and researcher expressed that not all plants release carbon dioxide at night, but rather helps, by releasing oxygen instead. Examples of such plants are Jasmine and Lavender that possesses sedative properties to create that feeling of wanting to sleep. The calming scents that are emitted from these plants have even been proven to help with putting babies to sleep after a study conducted by the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Other plants recommended for that good night’s rest are the snake plant, valerian, gardenia, aloe vera and the list continues.
The bedroom is meant to be a place of rest and relaxation. Therefore, it is up to each person to identify what may be the best options for their personal spaces. Be mindful of what affects you, the type of space, the types of plants available or if any plants must be included. This debate will continue about what may be suitable for the bedroom, but it is important to remember how impactful plants can be in our surroundings. They play a big role in how well we live; the more time spent in green environments produces calm and productive spaces. Seek the necessary advice and explore as many places for information that can help in making the best choices for your unique space.