Want a good night’s sleep?

Find out which colours you should use in the bedroom (and avoid) for a decent kip

Blue is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure
People sleeping in a blue room get seven hours 52 minutes sleep per night
Purple rooms can stimulate the brain, making it difficult to nod off

By JAYMI MCCANN

Feeling blue may not be all bad when it comes to enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Those with bedrooms this colour tend to get the best rest – nearly eight hours a night – and wake feeling happy and positive. According to a survey, it is linked to calm, soothing feelings and is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure.

Green and yellow are also winners, with those choosing these colours clocking up roughly seven hours and 40 minutes of sleep. However, it’s best to avoid purple, which is too stimulating and can cut nightly hours of rest to less than six. Grey and brown get the thumbs-down for being too dreary and depressing.
The study, carried out by Travelodge, looked into 2,000 homes across the country to investigate the influence of colour on quality of sleep. They found that people sleeping in rooms decorated in calm colours, such as yellow, blue or green, received the best night’s sleep.

Chris Idzikowski, Sleep Expert from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre said: ‘This is an amazing result, as there are specialised receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the colour 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.’

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