There are many factors that play a role in your sleep. While your mattress is certainly the biggest role player, the colour and style of your bedroom can also make you feel calm or restless, depending on your choices. We explored colour as a factor that influences sleep and came across a few interesting finds.
I’ve always loved the colour blue. For most of my life, my bedroom has had a blue theme. Blue bedding, blue curtains, even blue walls. While I have thought I might fancy having red in my bedroom, blue has the staying power. Later on, I found out that the colour of your bedroom, along with the décor that you choose to fill it with, can have a profound effect on your sleep. The colours that we fill our homes with are not only a reflection of our personality but they are also bound to have an effect on your moods and on your emotions.
Why did I choose blue?
I honestly cannot tell you why I went with blue. But through plenty of research, I found that blue has actually been a great choice. It’s a calming colour and it is great for relaxation. And that is after all exactly what you want in your bedroom. I did some more research and discovered that blue can also have a chilly effect, making a room feel colder. Although this all depends on the type of blue you choose.
Now think about the colour currently being used in your bedroom
What colour is your bedroom right now? Beige? Off white? Perhaps it is pink? Every single colour can have a certain effect on your life, even if it doesn’t seem so obvious. When you are thinking about changing the colour of your bedroom, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right colour scheme. Here is a quick guide to how colour can affect sleep:
Blue: Calm, relaxation, contemplation, peace, rest.
Orange: Stimulating, active, cheerful, although if you are going to be using it in the bedroom then it is best to use an earthy colour.
Purple: Soothing, calming, relaxing, spiritual. When used in the bedroom it is best to use a lavender, don’t use a harsh purple.
Grey: Quiet, neutral and it lacks energy. It is best to use this colour as an accessory.
Brown: Motherly, down to earth, grounding, stable, comfortable.
Red: Passionate, powerful, stimulating, active. If you are going to be using red in the bedroom make sure that the red is earthy.
Yellow: Happiness, warmth, uplifting. If you are using this colour in your bedroom make sure that it is either a pale yellow or an earthy yellow.
It’s about more than colour
It is not just the colours that you have in your bedroom that will end up having an effect on how well you sleep each night, the layout and the things that you have in your bedroom that can also end up playing a role in the quality of your sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia one of the first things that you might be tempted to do is pop a pill. But it might not be something within your mind that is stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep, it could be your bedroom.
Have a look around your bedroom, or visualise what your bedroom looks like. Is it over cluttered? At night, is there too much light coming in? You need to have a look at the room and consider where the problem might be. Here are a few tips to help you take control of your bedroom:
- Clear clutter
For some, throwing things away or tidying up and putting away can be such a hassle and for some, it might even be a waste of time. But the simple act of clearing away any clutter will actually help you to get better sleep. You can start the “decluttering” by looking at what you have in your bedroom, then ask yourself if it should be there based on what your bedroom is really used for. Your bedroom is for rest, relaxation and romance. If what is in your room doesn’t contribute to this then take it out. Some of the biggest culprits in the things that should not be in your bedroom include computers, exercise and even pictures of the family. You need to transform your home into a relaxation haven and this is the best way to start.
- Rearrange your bedroom
According to the practitioners of Feng Shui, the way that your bedroom is arranged can have an effect on your sleep. Consider the way that your bedroom furniture is laid out, perhaps it is time to do a little research and call in a Feng Shui practitioner to rearrange your sleeping space. This simple rearrangement can improve the quality of your sleep and help with any restlessness.
- Consider what your other senses are telling you
When you are trying to rest, it is possible for your sense to go into overdrive because you will be a little more aware of your surroundings. If there is an annoying sound in your room that is keeping you awake or waking you up every night, you need to remove it. Scent can also be a disturbance during the night. Some people have a heightened sense of smell that is going to be annoyed if there is an overpowering smell. Then there are scents that can wake you up. Either remove any scents from your room or consider replacing them with more soothing smells.
There are so many things that contribute to sleep. Sometimes it is not a new mattress that you need, but rather a rearrangement of your bedroom and a fresh coat of the right colour paint. But if you really want to give your bedroom a complete makeover, a new bed and mattress might just be what you need. The Mattress Warehouse offers a variety of new beds for sale and we can assist you in finding the right bed for your needs. Contact us today and start your journey to better sleep!