Calming Colors and Sleep

September 12, 2019

Calming  Colors and Sleep

You can be green with envy, you can color me red, or maybe you look a little blue. We often associate color with attitude and emotions. Is there is a reason behind these associations?

Colors can elicit feelings. Sometimes it’s because we associate certain colors with memorable events. Often it’s just a matter of preference and taste. Colors can be calming, comforting, relaxing, and stress-reducing. When you think of beiges and more muted tones, you probably feel more at ease. But colors can also cause anxiety, strain, malevolence, and an ill temper. I know when I think of red, anger and aggression is what I associate with it. Why is this? It seems that brighter colors are more energizing and stimulating, and more neutral and muted colors evoke calmer and milder emotions. Colors can even imply meanings (here’s an interesting article about that.)

In previous blogs, I’ve made mention of how your bedroom should be your sanctuary. If you are looking for refuge and protection, it makes sense that this room should help placate and soothe you to sleep. You might think, then, that your room should be white. After all, white is the most neutral; however, it can also be considered quite sterile. The insides of many hospitals are comprised of eggshell, cream, ivory, and various other shades of white. You don’t want your bedroom to look like a hospital, do you? Instead of being so antiseptic, you can add a little color to your room without worrying that it will impede on your sleep.

As explained above, neutral and muted colors will tend to be less jarring, hence they will help you to feel the most calm and get the most restful sleep. When picking colors for the bedroom, it might be beneficial to opt for colors that aren’t too bright and overstimulating, such as neutral beiges or light pastels. Of course, if you love vibrant colors and a specific shade makes you happy, you can still go for it. Just remember that it might be best to not look too much at the color when you are trying to unwind and get yourself ready for bed. Instead, keep yourself in a peaceful part of the house where you can destress and relax.

Do you have a neutral colored bedroom? Do you think it helps you to sleep better?
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