Busting Myths | Plants for your Bedroom

Everybody has heard of the saying that you should not be sleeping with too many plants in the bedroom because you may suffer from lack of oxygen. Luckily, Teeuwen Flowers is here to bust this old and rusty myth with scientific proofs.
Here is which plants fit your bedroom décor best and how they benefit your air, breathing and stress levels.

Plants take Oxygen and produce Carbon Dioxide during the night

One of the reasons why we have decided to post an article on this topic is to educate our audience, with the hope that they will forward this knowledge and therefore bust this myth forever.

For years now people have been saying that having plants in your bedroom is very dangerous and can kill you while you are asleep due to the lack of oxygen. This belief was going from generations to generations removing plants from hospital to home bedrooms. The main reason behind it was a simple misunderstanding of photosynthesis.

While it is true that a single leaf plant will produce the same amount of oxygen as carbon dioxide, plant respiration happens at a slower pace than photosynthesis, which means that for every cycle you have a tiny gain of oxygen.

The amount of oxygen that is taken by the plant in the night is far smaller than the amount taken by humans or pets for example. By taking this theory in account, you are putting yourself in a far more dangerous situation by sleeping with your cat Larry. Sounds crazy right?

But okay, you might say, one Aloe Vera on your bedroom window may not be hurtful. What about a full bedroom of different kinds of palms, cactuses, ferns and other types of plants?
The simply answer to this question is no. A full bedroom of different kinds of plants will still not be enough to take your oxygen away and put you in a dangerous situation while asleep.

The medium ratio between oxygen consumed per kilogram is 100:1 between plants and mammals. Meaning at the same weight, mammals consume 100 times more oxygen than plants. Let’s take, for example, a person that weighs 80 kg (around 176 pounds) and a plant weighing 10 kg (22 pounds). Using the ratio above it means that it will take 8 000 kg (around 17 637 pounds) of plants to take the same ration of oxygen as a person weighing 80 kilos.
This simple calculation proves their safeness in your bedroom.

There are studies that suggest plants benefiting your sleep while cleaning the air. Learn more about Air-filtering plants in the following section.

Air-filtering Plants for Your Bedroom

First plants that will be listed here come from the NASA Clean Air Study list of air-filtering plants. The ones we have included in our bedroom décor are English Ivy (Hedera helix), Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum), Spathiphyllum, Aloe Vera, Ficus Benjamina and Sansevieria.

These plants are proven to purify the air by filtering pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene. The study suggested that the efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet (9.3 meter square) of space.

Air filtering is the main reason why these plants are on the top of our list. But even if we know that they filter the pollutants from our bedroom space, isn’t their massive production of carbon dioxide still dangerous to humans during the night? Find our the correct answer to this question in the next chapter!

Click here to read Nasa’s whole study on air-filtering plants.

Other Plants

Take a look at the Teeuwen Flowers cactus and succulents collection in the web shop. Here you can find some cute and small plants for on the night stands.

In case you are one of those lucky people who have enough space to fit a whole tree in the bedroom, take a look at our selection of palms. Big and spacious corners are best filled with these simple palms.

Which Plants to Avoid in Your Bedroom

After naming all the benefits of these green leafers. There are some situations in which you may avoid certain plants.

Avoid having these plants in your bedroom if you have kids or pets:

  • Peace lily, Dumb cane, Devil’s ivy, Caladium, Daffodil

These plants can be very toxic if consumed. Plant like Peace lily smells really nice and might attract your pet into eating it. Daffodils have toxic bulbs and can cause dermatitis on your hands if you touch them.