Our mood is influenced by the colors that surround us.
You've probably noticed that warm colors––yellow, orange, and red––make you happy, social, or passionate. On the other hand, colors such as grey make you depressed, and blue or purple has a calming effect on you.
So, what color helps you sleep? Whether it be the color of our bedroom's walls, our linens, or the light we're using in the room, the right choice of colors can influence our ability to sleep.
Chromotherapy, also termed color therapy, is a holistic method of therapy that uses different colors to positively impact our body and mind.
I personally obtained my chromotherapy certification in 2015. Since then, I have used color to help my clients achieve their health goals––including a good night of sleep!
So, let's see what color helps you sleep better.
Best Color for Sleep
Here are my top 3 sleep colors for a better, more peaceful sleep.
This color is associated with calmness. Chromotherapists use this color to treat depression and pain.
There are many variations of the color blue (indigo, sky blue, or turquoise).
In nature, the sky and water exhibit varying shades of blue. This color helps us balance our emotions and is perfect for easing into meditation and relaxation. It gives a sense of space, so it is a good choice for bedrooms, where one often goes to relax.
Since too much blue can be overwhelming, use warm accent colors or white to create a contrast.
Green is the color of balance, harmony, and sympathy. It helps with headaches and increases oxygenation of the body. This is also the color of abundance.
Green is restful and relaxing to the nervous system. With a dominance of blue in the mixture, it is a good color to use when decorating bedrooms and living rooms.
You can also use plants, flowers, or foliage to add green touches to your bedroom.
White is all the colors at once! It is the color of spirit and purity, conveying a message of cleanliness, sterility, and order. A clean and orderly place is always better for sleep, so add some white in your bedroom to relax the body and mind.
When the room feels clean, you will definitely be relaxed and calm.
When choosing a bedroom light, what color light helps you sleep?
While cool colors should be used in the bedroom, the light, on the other hand, should always be warm and not too bright. Exposure to blue light can negatively impact your sleep quality, while warm orange or yellow light would make a great choice for sleep.
But the best light color for sleep is… red. This color doesn't overstimulate your nervous system, and it invites your body and mind to relax. Plus, studies show it supports the production of melatonin, a hormone needed for sleeping.
Our eyes contain receptors that send information to the brain and influence the production of melatonin. Research shows that these receptors are more sensitive to blue light, which stops the production of melatonin. If your brain doesn’t produce enough melatonin, you won’t fall asleep. So if you want a good night of sleep, avoid light that appears blue and choose warmer colors at bedtime.
In addition, it is best to utilize a LED light. Not only are they energy-efficient, but they also last longer and don't get boiling hot, unlike classic lamps.
Use colors to help you sleep better. Make your bedroom cozy and choose cool colors for the walls and linen, and warm colors as lighting.
The better your sleep, the more productive you are.