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When you think of ways to improve the quality of your sleep, there are several things that may come to mind. In order to improve your sleeping patterns and get more REM sleep, you may switch to a better mattress, do yoga before bed, sleep in a dark room, and so on. However, very few people consider changing the colour of their room or bedding. Did you know that colour can have a profound impact on our sleeping patterns?

Colour affects our sleeping patterns because it has an impact on our moods. Certain colours help us to stay calm and relaxed, while others can cause us to become anxious, stressed, or depressed. When the colours in our bedroom are calming, we are able to not only fall asleep faster, but also get more restful sleep. This can help us to complete several sleep cycles throughout the night, which can ensure that we get adequate REM sleep. REM sleep is necessary for us to dream and for our bodies to regenerate. Here are the best colours for sleep, keeping them in muted shades rather than bright colours:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Silver
  • Yellow
  • Orange

All people are different and respond to different colours in various ways. When choosing colours for your bedroom or your child’s bedroom, take a look on the internet and find samples of bedrooms that you find peaceful and restful. Rather add your colour in the linen than paint your walls bright and energetic colours.

While most adults require a minimum of seven hours of sleep, this sleep needs to be peaceful and uninterrupted. It’s estimated that only 57% of South Africans get 7 hours of sleep or more every night. If you struggle to get enough sleep, it’s crucial that you find a solution immediately.

Lack of sleep can lead to several health problems including dehydration, obesity, and anxiety. If you want to get a better night’s sleep, try changing up the colours in your room. Before you go out and spend tons of money on an expensive mattress or sleeping medication, try this one simple trick. You’ll be surprised at how much it can help!

If you are still battling to sleep and think that you may have a sleep disorder, consider booking in for a Polysomnography test. If you are on a medical aid, they will pay for it and any Cpap machine and device that is prescribed to you will also be covered by medical aid.

Add colour with accessories in your bedroom rather than bright walls and linen