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Want a good night's slumber? Well, according to a new study the answer is to decorate your bedroom blue.
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If you're wondering how on earth your bedroom colour scheme could have an effect on your
sleep, it could be because blue is associated with a feeling of
Other colours with a positive effect include yellow, which creates a warm and cosy atmosphere, stimulates the nervous system and aids relaxation. Green also creates a restful, calming environment, essential to inducing sleep.
‘It's not surprising that blue came out top in the study,’ says Colour Therapy and Holistic Interior Design Consultant, Suzy Chiazzari. ‘Psychologically we relate blue to calm waters and blue sky, which we find very soothing.
‘Certain shades of yellow and green are relaxing colours too and are known to reduce stress and aid a good night's sleep.’
The sleep study also revealed that 58% of Britons who have a blue bedroom regularly wake up feeling happy, while 22% who sleep in a green bedroom wake up feeling positive and upbeat.
‘This is an amazing result, as there are receptors in the retina of our
eyes, which are most sensitive to the colour blue,’ says Chris
Idzikowski, Sleep Expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre (opens in new tab).
receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls
24-hour rhythms and affects how we perform and feel during the day.’
In contrast, purple, grey and brown are the worst colour schemes if you want to sleep well.
Creative types who plump for dramatic purple in the bedroom could be stimulating their minds a little too much, as they only get 5 hours 56 minutes' sleep on average a night.
But if you've got a bold purple bedroom scheme, never fear because there's another study that suggests those with purple bedrooms could just be the ones having the most fun...
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