What's Your Mood In The Bedroom?
You sit and wait, long regretting that second third cup of coffee, and wondering what else you might have done to deserve this purgatory of no sleep in your heavenly 4Sleep bed. There are many things that might affect your ability to sleep at night. As you stare at the wall, you can see one of them. The color of your walls can actually determine your mood for sleep, whether it sends you right to the Sandman or into the kitchen looking for a shot of whiskey. Keep these top five sleep promoters and the top 5 relaxation busters in mind the next time you head down to Home Depot for paint chips.
Rest and Relax
- Blue –Blue is probably your best bet for a calming presence. It helps you concentrate and creates a serene environment. Maybe don’t pick a 50s-era powder blue, though, in case you want a social life.
- Yellow –There are two types of yellow in nature – cute fuzzy ducklings and the deadly poisonous coral snake. Which one do you want wandering your room? A comfortable, soft yellow improves your self-esteem, while a harsh yellow blows away your confidence.
- Green –Hey, who doesn't want a reminder of the refreshment of spring? Green will bring this to you, reducing your stress and promoting feelings of tranquility. It’s actually in your blood to recognize this color at a primitive level as one of balance.
- Silver –Although silver is not a common color you think of in painting a room, many accent pieces can be silver. Silver is a sensitive color (yes, emotional colors is a thing) that is fluid and represents moving forward, with emotional cleansing properties. Silver is known to promote a sense of stability and restore equilibrium.
- Orange –You may be surprised to learn that you actually have a physical reaction to orange. It makes you feel warm and helps you recover from disappointment and inspires confidence. Just remember that orange has different hues. You likely want the one that Peeta Mellark likes best.
Toss and Turn
- Red –Simply put, red is the color of stop. As in, stop sleeping and spend the next six hours wondering why you can’t. It increases your pulse rate and arousal level, which you may want in the bedroom but not for sleepy time. We have more in common with bulls than we thought: red attracts us, but it can be our undoing in so many ways.
- Gold –Gold is a great example of the fact that not all shades of yellow are your friend. Gold symbolizes wealth, warmth and the timelessness of the sun. However, when you sleep with golden walls, you’ll lose over an hour of sleep compared to people who rock the blue hue.
- Brown –If you have a stressful job, you probably have a hard time turning off the worry at bedtime. Brown is not going to help you do this. The color brown is associated with seriousness, security, stability and a bunch more S-words that do not lead to ZZZs. This is especially true if the brown in your bedroom matches the brown in your office.
- Grey –Unlike silver, grey is not an ideal choice for your bedroom. You’ve heard of the phrase, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” This concept would not be quite as uplifting if silver were changed to prison-wall grey. It might suit your mood if you’re still obsessed with Twilight, but we hope that you’ve finally grown out of that phase.
- Purple –OK, so you’re not likely to paint your own room purple, but you should consider carefully before you select it for the kids’ bedrooms. Like red, purple is a strong color associated with royalty. However, darker shades of purple can create too much stimulation, which is the last thing you need when you want the kids to go to sleep, already.
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