Sleep can be affected by many factors in life such as stress, hunger or, as many of us can attest, your partner snoring. Some of these factors we can control and do something about.
Remove any pets from your bedroom, clean your space regularly, change the bedding and remove any unnecessary electronic devices (the light from the screens of these devices can trick our bodies into believing it’s daytime and disturb our sleep).
It’s also important to have a comfortable bed with cosy pillows, quality sheets and a comfortable mattress. Have a look at the Divan Beds Centre for some ideas.
However, above and beyond that, it’s important to realise that the power of colour in your room can dramatically affect how well you sleep. This is down to receptors in your retina called ganglion cells, which relay messages to the part of your brain that controls your 24 hour rhythm.
To help you get the best night’s sleep here are some colours you could use in your room:
1) Blue – Blue has long been associated with being a calming and relaxing colour. In the
bedroom it can be used to promote serenity and mental calming. The colour blue is recognised as being soothing; it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, softer blues calm the mind and aid concentration. It is the colour of clear communication.
2) Purple – Purple is associated with luxury and creativity. Darker purples give a room a feeling of depth while lighter purples such as lavender or lilac bring a restful feeling to a bedroom. They work similarly to light blues, but give a warmer hue. Housetohome.co.uk hassome ideas on decorating a bedroom using purple.
3) White – White is not technically a colour and is regarded as a shade just like grey and black. White allows total reflection, which means it reflects the whole spectrum of colours into your eyes. White is associated with purity, cleanliness and hygiene but can sometimes make a room feel quite sterile, like a hospital. If you are lacking space in your bedroom, and feel a bit claustrophobic in your bed, then white is great because it gives a heightened perception of space.
4) Pink and Peach – If you are a person who finds it hard to wake up from a good night’s sleep then you may need to opt for warmer, brighter colours such as pinks and peaches. These colours will give you plenty of energy as you wake up and have you feeling invigorated for your busy day ahead.
5) Green – Light green hits the eye in a way that requires no adjustment, which makes it a restful colour for your eyes. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance, encouraging you to see life in a calm, reflective way. It is also considered to be a colour that represents reassurance.
Creating a tranquil and pleasant space for you to be at your most comfortable and relaxed is imperative to gaining the best quality sleep that your body needs. Try one of these colours in your room and they might just help you get those coveted eight hours sleep.