You may have heard of the locavore trend that has been gripping the nation, but have you ever considered growing your own oxygen? It might sound like a science experiment, but it’s very easy and can improve the look and feel of your bedroom while making it a healthier place to live and sleep.There are several things you can do to increase oxygen and improve air quality in the bedroom.
Oxygen: What is it Good For?
Oxygen is required for cellular respiration to occur. All animal life depends on this process to occur in each and every one of our cells. Through this process we are able to retrieve energy that is cached in carbohydrates, lipids and fats. Without oxygen, we wouldn’t have the energy we need for all of our bodily processes from digesting and breathing to thinking and moving.
Increasing the oxygen levels can benefit your health, especially if you have a condition limiting your intake. Sleep apnea, emphysema and other afflictions can make it difficult to get all the oxygen you need. Low oxygen levels can cause a number of problems, including death. There are ways to increase the amount of oxygen in your home.
Increasing Oxygen and Reducing Toxic Chemicals
In the global ecosystems, plants create the oxygen that is present in the air all around us. They use water and sunlight to convert the CO2 animals exhale into oxygen and sugars. Tropical rainforests create about 20% of all of the world’s oxygen, but you don’t need a tropical forest to create enough oxygen to make a difference.
There are a few plants that are easy to take care of that you can put in your bedroom and throughout your house to clean the air and give off oxygen. All you need to do is make sure they have enough water, light and heat to survive and give them some nutrients occasionally, too. Here are a few of the best plants to produce oxygen in your bedroom.
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata):This plant is perfect for the bedroom. They store energy during the day so they can create oxygen throughout the night. Place a few of these near your bed to improve oxygen levels near your bed. Sansevierias are also very effective at removing toluene and ethylbenzene among other toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. They can survive with little care and water.
Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens):According to research done by NASA, the areca palm is one of the best air purifying plants. It is highly effective at removing VOCs and it produces a lot of oxygen. This plant also transpires about a liter of water every day, making it a great humidifier. Areca palms require slightly more work than others. You should wipe the leaves with a wet towel once a week.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum):Pothos are called money plants and devil’s ivy among other names. This is a plant already commonly found in many homes in different forms. It is hardy and requires little light and attention. Pothos is especially effective at removing VOCs like formaldehyde from the air.
What causes oxygen levels to drop at night?
Everyone’s oxygen levels in the blood are lower during sleep, due to a mildly reduced level of breathing. Also, some alveoli drop out of use during sleep. If your waking oxygen saturation is greater than about 94 percent on room air, it is unlikely that your saturation during sleep will fall below 88 percent.