There is an urban legend that says it's bad to have plants in the bedroom because they use our oxygen while we sleep. Well, the botanical expert Rafael Medina, from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and author of the blog Diary of a Copepod calculated it. According to his calculations, a 70 kg human consumes 1.55% of the oxygen in the room every night, while a plant only consumes 0.02% of the oxygen in the room. That's good news because:

1. There is no problem to sleep with somone else.

2. It dismantles the urban legend: there's noproblem sleeping with plants in the bedroom.

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plants in the bedroom

Plants will help you sleep better

On the other hand, NASA investigated the effect of plants in closed room in order to learn more about plant applications in space exploration. Did you know that in a poorly ventilated room, up to 5 times more pollutants can be accumulate than in well ventilated rooms? The NASA study found out that some plants like spatyphylium, spider plant, palm tree or pothos are very efficient in absorbing pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and trichlorethylene released from paint, furniture varnish or traffic. Plants are not everything, good ventilation is important, but if you live in the city center and prefer not to open the windows very often, air purifying plants will help you sleep better.

In addition, plants humidify the air and regulate temperature in a natural way.

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bedroom plants

What plants to choose for the bedroom?

The main aspect to take into account when choosing bedroom plants is light. If your bedroom has a lot of light, we recommend leafy and green plants that will give the space a pleasant atmosphere. In case of not having much light, the best is to opt for the indestructible plants . Remember that the less light means also less watering needs.

The best plants to sleep with are:

- Ficus pumila

- Bird's nest fern

- Singonium

- Philodendron

All of them are easy to take care of, specially if you place them in a Citysens vertical planter , which will water them for you. What plants would you like to have in your room?

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jardín vertical en el dormitorio

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Further reading

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