Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? If yes, the color of your bedroom may have something to do with that. Colors affect your mood and behavior that can also have an impact on how you sleep. Your local interior designer is likely to suggest a color that’s calming, like the color blue, to help you get restful sleep.
But why should you paint your bedroom with this color?
Blue Promotes Better Sleep Quality
The National Sleep Foundation says a blue painted bedroom can help you sleep longer than in bedrooms painted with a different color. The ganglion cells, specialized receptors in the retina of your eyes, are sensitive to blue. These receptors relay information to the parts of your brain controlling your body’s 24-hour rhythm that affects everything in your body.
Since blue evokes a feeling of calm, your ganglion cells will relay that message to your brain. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate, giving you a relaxing sleep.
Painting the walls blue won’t hurt the overall aesthetic of your bedroom. Blue is a versatile color, and it comes in different shades to match your taste.
Choose the Right Shade of Blue
Blue has numerous different shades, making it overwhelming to select one hue for your bedroom. Each shade can make the atmosphere of your bedroom welcoming, dramatic, or tranquil.
To narrow down your choices, here are three shades of blue paint (light, dark, and in between) that are suitable for any type of bedroom:
- Magnolia Under the Stars – this is a deep blue with green undertones that add depth to your bedroom, lending it a sophisticated look. You can use it to color the entire room or use it for an accent wall. This rich color goes well with neutrals or white, so the room won’t feel dark or overwhelming.
- Sherwin Williams Atmospheric SW 6505 – this is a light, airy blue that opens up a small bedroom and gives larger spaces a restful, calming feel. You can use this hue for lighter accents; it complements with white molding or lighter wood furniture.
- Benjamin Moore Utah Sky 2065-40 – this bright shade of blue is rich in pigment, which is perfect if you want to create a statement in your room. It’s ideal for a boy’s room that needs a burst of color.
In case blue is not your style, you can opt for other relaxing shades. Neutrals, grays, and silvers, for instance, help reduce blood pressure and heart rate, as well.
Quality Sleep Keeps You Healthy
Apart from regular exercise and a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep is essential to maintain your health and well-being. Waking up from at least seven hours of sleep helps you become more productive throughout the day. Sleep deprivation affects your concentration, cognition, and productivity.
Lack of sleep also increases your risk of high blood pressure, which may lead to heart disease. Your blood pressure will regulate itself if your body gets enough rest. You’re less likely to develop sleep-related conditions if you’re well-rested, as well.
Your bedroom has to be designed for restful sleep. With a fresh coat of blue paint, in the shade you prefer, you could soon feel the light tap of a lullaby beckoning you to get some shuteye.