Is the Color of Your Room Affecting Your Sleep?
Have you ever wondered how color may be affecting your sleep? Turns out, the shade of your walls may have an impact on the number of zzz's you get in a night. U.K.-based hotel chain Travelodge conducted a study to discover which colors were most likely to impact your nighttime schedule, discovering that certain shades can promote better sleep.
Keep this color code handy next time you're thinking about repainting your rooms.
Red: Color with Caution
While a muted red - like maroon or deep burgundy - is a good warm choice for the winter, the shade was not associated with restful sleep among trial participants. Frequently associated with passion and energy, red is best-suited for playrooms or living rooms, not the bedroom.
Green: Promote Relaxation in the Bedroom
A great choice for the stress-prone individual, green is a great color to promote relaxation. Added bonus? Forbes magazine linked the color to improved creativity, so allow your walls to will you to a stress-free slumber filled with wistful dreams.
Orange: Conducive to Good Sleep
Orange was on the higher scale of better sleep-causing colors. This is another ideal color selection for the winter, as it can make your room seem warmer than it actually is. Pair this shade with your Sunbeam® Queen LoftTec Heated Blanket in Sand and you can say bye-bye to high heat bills this season.
Yellow: Second-Best for Sleep Time
Another great choice for your sleeping areas is yellow. This color is often associated with happiness and comfort, so don't be shy about spreading this color on your walls. Travelodge reported that people who had yellow bedrooms got an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep each night, cementing yellow's place as the second-best color for the bedroom.
Blue: Promotes the Best Sleep
Survey respondents indicated that blue was by far the best bedroom color choice. According to the results, people with blue bedrooms got an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep each night. Suzy Chiazzari, a consultant at Colour Therapy and Holistic Interior Design, explained to Travelodge that the psychological properties of blue make it the ideal choice for sleep.
"It's not surprising that blue came out on top in the study of the best colors to promote sleep, as the color blue is very restful to the eye," Chiazzari said. "Psychologically we relate blue to calm waters and the blue sky, both of which we find very soothing."