There are so many questions to ask when choosing a bedroom color:
does this color go with the things I already own? What color is most flattering to be
around while naked? What does Pantone say I should like this year? But since we
spend most of our bedroom time sleeping, the most important question might be:
does the color of your bedroom affect how much sleep you get? A new
study suggests it might.
According to The Daily Mail, a new study looked at 2000 homes across the U.K. to see if the color
of a bedroom can influence how much sleep its occupants get. Their
survey indicated that the most restful color for a bedroom is blue, with people
sleeping in blue bedrooms getting on average seven hours and 52 minutes of
sleep a night.
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,”
said sleep expert Chris Idzikowski from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre. “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.”
Yellow and green bedrooms also did pretty well on the test,
while gray and brown had some of the lowest numbers.
My personal favorite, purple, came in dead last. The
researchers found people sleeping in purple bedrooms on average slept only five
hours and 56 minutes a night. It’s not entirely clear why that might happen,
but one of the authors surmised that maybe the purple is mentally stimulating,
which is great for encouraging creativity but not so hot for getting one’s
brain to calm down and go the frak to sleep.
What do you think — can a bedroom color really affect how much
sleep we get?
Read More: The Daily Mail
(Image: Nikki's "Fun and Funky" Room)