When it comes to picking out colors for your bedroom, looks aren’t everything. As it happens, colors do far more than enhance the aesthetic quality of a room—they have an influence on the quality of our lives. We spend a lot of time in the bedroom, and what we do there dictates much of how we function in all other aspects of our daily routines.
Would you like to wake up feeling more rested? It turns out that your color choice is the key to doing just that. But how to go about it? It’s not as if you’re going to conduct a survey of people’s bedrooms relative to their sleeping habits. Well, not to worry—a hotel chain in Britain has done the research for you, and with some fascinating results shown here color by color.
Paint your bedroom a soft blue or aqua, and you’re likely to be a well-rested person with a cheery disposition. According to the survey, folks with blue bedrooms got more sleep than anyone else, averaging 7 hours and 52 minutes per night. This is no coincidence, as the receptors in our eyes that inform our brain’s daily rhythms are most sensitive to the color blue, which incidentally can lower your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure.
It may come as a surprise that the second best color for sleep is yellow. Reminiscent of sunlight, a yellow hue stimulates the nervous system and promotes relaxation, leaving behind a sense of happiness and well-being.
Next in line is green. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed reported waking up relaxed and recharged after slumbering between vibrant green walls.
Those with silver bedrooms enjoy the rather luxurious yet soothing surroundings—but with one peculiar side effect. A number of respondents reported waking up with a strong motivation to exercise in the room. Something to think about if you’re looking to make regular exercise a greater priority.
Orange adds a great deal of warmth, creating a relaxing setting that actually aids in digestion. So if you tend toward a later dinnertime, a nice tangerine paint scheme might be just what you’re looking for.
It turns out that those with purple bedrooms are the least rested of all, averaging a meager 5 hours and 56 minutes of sleep per night. This is because the rich hue is actually a mental stimulant, which makes it difficult to “switch off” at the end of the day. In addition, many respondents reported vivid dreams or nightmares on a regular basis.
This darker hue is not as cozy as it might appear. It often leads to uncomfortable feelings of isolation, which in turn increases irritability.
Another possibly poor choice, given gray’s gloomy connotations. According to the survey, those with grey bedrooms spend the most time online while in bed, leading to restlessness and diminished sleep time.
White or Cream
If you consider yourself a workaholic, then by all means, paint the bedrooms white! Those with white boudoirs reported taking work to bed with them at least three times in a typical work week.
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