Creating A Better Night's Sleep With Color
I would bet if I interviewed 20 adults, probably 17 or 18 of them would tell me that they don't sleep as well as they'd like to. Many of us have problems sleeping, but when it comes right down to it, it might actually be partially our own fault. There are several things you can do in addition to upgrading to a Memory Foam Mattress.
How many of us fall asleep with the TV or radio on, or work on our laptop in bed before going to sleep? I know I do. I wind down for the night by catching up on my DVR recordings while lying in bed. Sometimes I even fall asleep while watching TV. Many studies have been done, and it's been recommended that we use our bedroom ONLY for sleeping (well, and I suppose changing clothes and maybe a few grown up activities, but that's about it). By having TV's and laptops in our bedrooms, it makes the environment less relaxing and more distracting, thus making sleep more difficult.
Well, if the goal is for our bedroom to be more relaxing, maybe it would make sense to make sure it looks relaxing as well. I don't know from experience, but would assume that it would be much more difficult for me to relax in a room with fire engine red walls or surgery room grade fluorescent lights, for example. The easiest way to probably start making our bedrooms more relaxing is by considering the color of the walls. Who knows, maybe a simple coat of paint could have you sleeping better in no time! Especially since it's been proven that different colors evoke different moods and emotions from us.
Soft greens and blues are ideal for a bedroom. They promote calming and tranquility and often are related with nature and the outdoors. Use pastel shades of blue and green, as these colors offer less energy and are thus more calming than their turquoise and yellow-green counterparts, which are too harsh for a bedroom environment.
Whites and creams are (obviously) other great colors for bedrooms, as they remain very neutral and are also very soothing. Whites and creams can be a bit boring for some people, however, so whites or creams can also work very well as the main color of the room with one wall painted with another soothing accent color. Plus, if your bedroom is very small or has few windows, whites and creams are the perfect colors to make the room feel bigger and not as dark, and thus less depressing.
Before making any decisions, make sure you test samples of the paints you're considering in your bedroom before actually committing. Many colors will look completely different in the store or on a display then they will under the lighting of your own bedroom. Take the samples home to test it out in the lighting it will be seen under, just to make sure you still like your choice. Remember, dark colors will make a room look smaller or more cozy, which may be ok for larger rooms, but don't usually work for smaller or poorly lit rooms. Stay away from bright colors that add energy to a room, as this will make it much harder for you to relax, and you will most likely have a much more difficult time falling asleep. Sweet dreams!