At Pretty Cactus, we are huge promoters of having plants in every room of the house and not just because we believe the more the merrier. The positive health benefits that we’ve talked about in our blog before shouldn’t mean limited to just your living room or kitchen, but we highly recommend taking a close look at which plants you put in which spaces, especially your bedroom. There is one key reason for this, and we will tell you why.

These are our recommendations for plants you should have in your bedroom!


Why Keeping Plants in Your Bedroom is a Good Idea

According to multiple renowned studies, the most popular of which is the Nasa Clean Air Study of 1989, growing live plants in your space can come with multiple health benefits, positively affecting you and anyone else in your home (yes, even including your furry friends). Through its normal daily routines, plants have the natural ability to purify the air in a room, keeping harmful elements out of your lungs and replacing it with breathable oxygen. When you spend 8+ hours a night sleeping in your bedroom, just breathing, it can greatly help your long-term health to inhale only clean air.

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Plants and Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the process by which a plant absorbs sunlight through its leaves to turn it into energy and clean oxygen. While we’re all familiar with this, have you ever thought about what a plant does after the sun goes down? In most plants, the photosynthesis stops at sunset and instead of oxygen, they put out carbon dioxide just like humans do when we exhale. When this happens, it can actually be more harm than good to keep plants in the bedroom because they’re actually taking away from our vital oxygen supply as we sleep, not contributing to it. Thankfully, we have good news: there are plants that can continue photosynthesizing after dark.

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Overnight Oxygen

Although its uncommon, there are plenty of plants that continue to photosynthesize at night through another process called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. While this is a fancy way of saying a plant that can still photosynthesize at night because of the sunlight it absorbed during the day, it still comes with all the wonderful oxygen output and none of the carbon dioxide that you want to avoid in the most intimate room of your home.

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The Plants You Should Have in Your Bedroom

 Of the plants that can continue to put out oxygen at night, we hope you’ll be happy to know that the overwhelming majority of these plants are now common and easy to find anywhere you go! The vertical plants of the Sansevieria genus are one of our favourite options because they work for you overnight, but they are also incredibly easy to care for and can work with even the busiest of schedules.

Other plant families like Cacti and Succulents have evolved to also photosynthesize 24/7 and can come in all shapes and sizes to fit any lifestyle. You can also turn to your trusty, beginner-friendly Spider Plant who is ranked as one of NASA’s highest performing plants in their Clean Air Study tests and isn’t afraid of working overnights for you.

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While bringing plants into the bedroom may need to come with a little more thoughtfulness and planning, rest assured that you still have plenty of options. Once you find the right plants for you, then you can breathe easy knowing your plants will help you sleep the whole night through.


View plants which are great for your bedroom: HERE