According to a new survey those with blue painted bedrooms tend to get the best rest – nearly eight hours a night – and wake feeling happy and positive. Green and yellow colours also fare well with those choosing these shades getting around seven hours and 40 minutes of sleep. Purple, however, is far too stimulating and cuts sleep down to less than six hours.
Now if only it was that easy to get a good night’s sleep! There is a little more science behind a great night’s kip but looking at the colour of your bedroom is part and parcel of turning your bedroom into the perfect sleep environment. Colour does affect your mood so try using calming colours such as pastels, to create a more relaxing environment. Bright colours are less restful and quite stimulating.
Here are some of our other top tips for getting your bedroom ‘sleep ready’:
• Keep your room completely dark, if necessary use blackout curtains or an eye mask.
• Make sure your room isn’t too hot or too cold, keep it slightly cool around 16-18°C (60-65°F).
• Keep clutter out of your room – put the laundry basket in the spare room, bathroom or the landing. • Avoid having a television or computer in the bedroom.
• Turn off your mobile phone and anything with an LED display (including clocks).
• Don’t treat your bedroom as an extension of your living room or a study. Use it for sleeping and sex only.
• Adorn your bedroom with beautiful things such as photographs of loved ones, artwork that you like, plants and flowers. It will help you feel more connected to the room and look forward to going to bed.
• Some smells can affect your mood, making you more relaxed and calm. Sprinkle a pot pourri with essential oils of lavender or geranium. (Not be used during pregnancy or in children’s rooms).
• Take a long hard look at your room and see what it says about you and understand that you have a duty to care for yourself, your sleep area and your general health and wellbeing – you’re worth it!
What colour is your bedroom and do you think it helps or hinders your sleep?