While succulents and mini cacti fulfill our bedroom aesthetics and plant parent aspirations, having houseplants can actually enhance your quality of life in a variety of ways. It’s a sweet exchange—you provide water and sunlight, and they purify you and your living space. If you don’t have a green thumb or are just forgetful when it comes to watering, there are many plants that are low maintenance and will withstand your preoccupied days. If you’re still hesitant about bringing a bit of nature into your room, here are a few reasons to consider plant parenthood.
To sleep better
If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, trying potting a plant near your bed. The fragrance of plants such as jasmine and lavender can help calm nerves and help you fall asleep easier at night. Having plants in your room also creates a relaxing atmosphere that can set you in the mood to wind down.
To focus better
Not only does being surrounded by plants boost your creativity, but it also enhances productivity, focus, and memory. A study from a Norwegian team found that individuals working beside plants in the office performed significantly better than those without plants. If you’re prone to stressing over tests or work, consider recruiting a plant as a study buddy.
To help us breathe
As humans, we inhale oxygen and release carbon dioxide into the air. Plants, on the other hand, do the opposite during photosynthesis. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen that we can breathe. Although photosynthesis stops at night, certain plants such as succulents and orchids keep the oxygen flowing at night.
To clean the air
Indoor air pollution is not something we think about a lot, but we’re surrounded by it all the time. Carpets, wall paint, and cleaning products all contribute to something that is called “sick building syndrome”—manifested into headaches, fatigue, and nausea. Research by NASA shows that plants can actually remove trace levels of toxic vapors and hence improve the quality of indoor air.
A few of the best air purifying houseplants include the snake plant, Chrysanthemum, the spider plant, and the Barberton daisy.
To brighten your room
And finally, plants are a great way to make any room feel more fresh and alive. The appearance of greenery can help boost your mood and bring pockets of color into your living space. Whether it be an English Ivy or a single pot of aloe vera on your desk, any arrangement of foliage can offer a sense of tranquility and cultivate intimacy with nature right in your very own home.