Besides a comfortable mattress and a soft pillow, there’s more to a good night’s sleep than just your cozy bed. The color of your bedroom walls and decor can actually have a great impact on your quality of sleep.
A study conducted by the hotel brand, Travelodge, surveyed participants from Briton to see which colors granted the best sleeping experience. What they discovered was a direct correlation between the amount of sleep each participate had and the color of the room they were in.
If you’re considering repainting your bedroom walls, here are some colors to consider.
For a more serene and relaxed atmosphere, a muted blue helps you wind down and clock in your recommended eight hours. According to the study, 58% of the participants who slept in a blue bedroom reported they regularly woke up feeling happy. Blue is a calming shade that can also reduce blood pressure and your heart rate, both of which are handy in getting proper shut-eye.
In second place, are soft shades of yellow. Yellow stimulates the nervous system which aids in relaxation. Yellow also creates a positive ambiance that can brighten up your mornings.
At a close third is green, with sleepers getting an average of seven and a half hours of sleep. 22% of respondents reported they regularly woke up feeling upbeat and positive in a green-painted room. Green is known for bringing harmony and having a relaxing influence, both beneficial in inducing a good night’s rest.
Interestingly, silver is a popular color scheme for aiding with sleep. The metallic color mimics the glow of moonlight and helps creates a nighttime atmosphere. This lets the brain know it's time to sleep by invoking a soothing feeling. 21% of participants also said they were more motivated to work out in a silver room.
In fifth place is the color orange, bringing in warmth and comfort to your room. Orange is shown to help with digestion as well as relax your muscles after a long day.
Wall colors to avoid
As for colors to avoid, purple, red, brown, and gray are shown to be the worst shades for sleep. Red and purple stimulate the mind and body, which can make it difficult to doze off. On the other hand, brown and gray invokes a dreary and isolating feeling, which makes sleepers feel restless.
It's come down to personal preference
At the end of the day, it is also important to consider personal preference. If you gravitate towards orange, a pastel peach color may be more conducive than silver. What each individual finds calming varies, so find what relaxes you and start coloring in your well-deserved sleep.