A recent survey involving 2,000 people in the UK has revealed that there is a strong correlation between your bedroom decor with how much sleep you’re having. According to the survey, people with blue rooms appear to be getting the best night’s sleep.
One might wonder how the color of walls could improve sleep with eyes closed and the lights off. However, according to the survey conducted by Travelodge, a budget-friendly hotel chain in the U.K. Builders, respondents sleeping in a blue bedroom get seven hours and 52 minutes of sleep.
The survey also revealed that teachers and civil servants tend to choose blue most often for their bedrooms. The study infers that since blue has long been associated with feelings of calmness – water, blue sky etc. – the color helps us chill out before sleep. The color blue is also said to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate, for more sound sleep.
Chris Idzikowski, a sleep expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre was left amazed by the survey’s revelations. In a press release about the study, he said, “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.”
Apart from the color blue, colors yellow and green were also found to aid improved sleep. According to the survey, certain shades of yellow come in second in promoting the best night’s sleep: seven hours and 40 minutes on average per night. Warm yellow relaxes the body by stimulating the nervous system and calming the nerves.
The survey suggested that green also creates a calm and soothing vibe, which is why it appears to be the third best color for getting sleep. People with green rooms get an average of seven hours and 30 minutes of sleep per night. The survey also recommended a soothing silver bedroom since it mimics moonlight, curing the brain to know that it’s nighttime and time for sleep.
People with silver bedrooms get an average of seven hours and 33 minutes of sleep, while 21 percent surveyed say they are more motivated to exercise in their bedroom.