The topic of sleep has been a more popular one in the media as of late. The lack of sleep causes people to become more stressed out, overwhelmed and tired as - I thought that was my kids fault!
From a business point of view, this will undoubtedly result in lower productivity as well. Nevermind risking one’s health and eventually becoming sick!
All of this points to the importance of getting a decent night’s rest. Besides a number of other elements (i.e. alcoholic consumption, caffeine intake, nocturnal activities etc), you might wonder whether the colour of your bedroom can affect your sleep. As it turns out, it sure can!
A recent study by Travelodge covered the effectiveness of colour in a bedroom and how people might react to different colours. The results turned out to be quite interesting!
Do you have any idea which colours would benefit, or harm, your sleeping activity in the bedroom?
Let’s get started and see the impact:
Going Blue, Yellow or Green for Better Rest
If you think ‘blue’, you think ‘peace and relaxation’, and you’re right!
It’s the colour of the bedroom that actually helps people sleep the best (and most in hours).
To be exact, blue bedrooms tend to provide people with 8 hours of sleep, compared to some of the other colours.
Furthermore, using blue was also linked to lower blood pressure and heart rate, which may explain the longer amounts of sleep.
Similarly, yellow and green are the next couple of colours in line causing a good night’s rest, where yellow (the muted kind, not fluorescent!) calms the body and the mind like green.
Overall, these above mentioned colours turn out to create a safe and sleep-secure environment.
Next up is the orange colour – mostly known for its warmth – which provides people 7.5 hours of sleep. Once you head into the more red and gold-coloured rooms, you’re looking at sleeping slightly below 7 hours.
But, venture into the grey and browns and you’ll see a drastic drop in sleep hours. Specifically, those types of rooms will see figures around 6 hours of sleep.
Silver Surprises Us! We may have judged the silver colour differently, studies seem to show this colour to have a rather calming effect on sleeping patterns, resulting in 7.5 hours of sleep per night.
Would the fact that silver creates the illusion of moonlight have anything to do with it?
Then again, let’s not get too excited: silver is also the colour that gets the highest number of people to work out in the morning!
On the other side of the colour study, anyone sleeping with purple-ish colours will have trouble relaxing, as the brain continues to work, hence lowering the amount of sleep per night (under 6 hours to be exact). In other words, stay away from purple in your bedroom!
Ultimately, as statistics have now proven, the colour of your bedroom can affect your sleep! And indirectly, your stress levels!
Next time you decide to renovate the bedroom (or re-paint it), make sure to keep this article in mind (before you start!), or you might be thinking of it while counting the sheep, just not purple ones!
Paul, Shontelle, Susie x