Our physical ability to sleep goes a long way toward staying mentally and emotionally healthy. Not sleeping well isn’t something to take lightly. This is way more than just feeling tired in the morning. For one, a decreased ability to think clearly happens after just one night of being unable to fall asleep and stay asleep. Our capacity for decision making and judgment is then compromised. It is also associated with weight gain and mood problems. Depression and Anxiety are both closely related with the inability to sleep as well. Excessive sleepiness while driving and working affects our response time and hand-eye coordination, leading to more accidents and injuries.
Clearly, you should be doing all you can in order to get the refreshing sleep your body needs. This means turning your bedroom into an oasis perfect for achieving the rest your body, mind, and soul is craving. The colors you see are a quick way to change the mood in your room. While you may love romantic red or vivid purple, these get you excited, creative, and boosted- which isn’t what you’re going for. You want a calming color, because being calm is conducive to sleep. When creating a soothing environment, stick with these colors:
Blue: Blue is far and away the most recommended color for a calming effect in your sleep sanctuary. In fact, your brain is especially receptive to the color blue because we have special receptors in your retinas called “Ganglion Cells.” These are more sensitive to blue than other colors. When these retina cells see blue they send a message to your brain that you’re in a calm environment, which actually lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. According to a survey of several thousand people, those who have blue bedrooms enjoy an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep each night. As well, nearly 60% of the blue bedroom owners also reported regularly waking up feeling happy!
Silver: Not everyone likes blue, and that’s okay. It isn’t your only option for a calming effect in your room. For those who prefer something a bit more luxe, silver offers an exquisite option. Survey respondents with a silver bedroom got 7 hours and 33 minutes of slumber each night, nearly as much as those with a blue room.
Yellow: You may think yellow is too bright and cheery to calm you and so it will be in the “worst colors” list, but surveys have shown the opposite. At 7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep a night, those with yellow bedrooms came in second only to blue for most time spent asleep each night. Yellow is also thought to increase metabolism, allowing you to wake up feeling light and not bloated or heavy. It just goes to show your bedroom doesn’t have to feel bland in order to promote rest.
Green: Those with green throughout their bedrooms showed a higher tendency to wake up feeling upbeat and positive. They also enjoyed 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep each night. This may have to do with the fact that green is a color that can evoke a feeling like you’re in nature and make you think of growth. Think of your green bedroom as expressing renewal and life. Green evokes a feeling of abundance and is associated with refreshment, peace, rest, and security- all of which are ideal to falling asleep easily and sleeping a full seven to eight hours.
Orange: We’ve spoken before about how your dinner affects your sleep, either for good or bad. This is because your body must digest your last meal while your sleep and anything difficult to digest makes deep sleep tougher to achieve. With this knowledge in mind, it should come to no surprise that those with an orange bedroom sleep well. You see, seeing orange helps fight indigestion. Orange bedroom owners enjoyed 7 hours and 28 minutes of sleep on average. Because this is a warm, yet relaxing color, it makes for a beautiful style you’ll love to see each morning when you awake.
Now more than ever, you need to be sleeping well. When we’re stressed, anxious, or angry, it’s harder to fall asleep. But if you can make yourself feel calm, safe, and relaxed, sleep feels like the logical next step. One way to go about achieving this feeling is to incorporate colors like blues and silvers into your bedroom. Of course, you’ll also want a high-quality premium mattress to melt on to as you climb into bed. With both the right colors and the right mattress in place, you may also want to add luxury pillows, an organic mattress pad, or other items that make your bed even more comfortable. Don’t forget a comfy rug and scented candles to complete the ambiance!