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Color Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Color Guide to Getting Better Sleep

The color blue is often thought to be a color of sadness but, research shows that it isn’t true when it comes to sleep. People with blue bedrooms get nearly 8 hours of rest a night and wake up feeling happy and optimistic. Blue is linked to soothing feelings, thought to slow the heart rate down, and reduce blood pressure, leading to a great night of sleep.

Sleep Expert from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, Chris Idzikowski reports: “This is an amazing result, as there are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue. These 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. That interaction between light, sleep and wakefulness is supremely important.”

The study carried out by Travelodge, looked into 2,000 homes to assess the influence of color on the quality of sleep. It was found people who slept in rooms decorated with calm colors of blue, yellow, and green were receiving the best sleep. The colors brown and grey received negative reviews for being too dreary and depressing but, the worst offender was the color purple. Purple is too mentally stimulating and is more likely to promote vivid dreams or nightmares, resulting in tiredness in the morning.


Blue                7 hrs 52mins

Yellow           7 hrs 40mins

Green             7 hrs 36mins

Silver              7 hrs 33mins

Orange           7 hrs 28mins

Red                  6 hrs 58mins

Gold                6 hrs 43mins

Grey                6 hrs 12mins

Brown             6 hrs 05mins

Purple             5 hrs 56mins


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