Colours Impact Sleep

Colour plays such a pivotal role in everyone’s day-to-day life. Without you realising, your mood and feelings are being influenced from the colours around you. What’s more is that even when you’re sleeping, colours are affecting your body’s emotions. Different colours impact sleep in different ways so you should think carefully when you next decide to paint your bedroom.

I’m ‘Blue’ da ba dee da ba daa

Blue is the best colour for promoting better sleep. Receptors in the retina called ganglion cells are most sensitive to the colour blue. They are responsible for relaying information to the part of the brain that controls a person’s 24-hour rhythm.

Blue is associated with tranquillity and feeling calm. A restful mind is useful for getting a better night sleep.

Blue also reduces blood pressure and lowers the heart rate. These again, are both useful for getting a good night sleep.

Colours impact sleep

We all live on a ‘Yellow’ submarine

Yellow is a surprisingly good colour for your bedroom to help sleep. Although often associated with warning and anxiety, a softer yellow can be beneficial. Lighter yellows create a happy ambience in the room and actually stimulate the nervous system.

Colours impact sleep

The grass is always ‘Green’er

The third best colour for sleep is green. Green colours impact sleep by promoting a feeling of being upbeat and positive. They are associated with natural and organic qualities, meaning you may feel fresher. It is also the most balanced colour so can give you a sense of control, making it easier to relax.

Colours impact sleep

‘Orange’ you glad you read this

Orange adds warmth to a room and creates a relaxing atmosphere. This in turn can relax muscles, making it easier to get to sleep. Orange can also aid digestion. This can help with sleep, as you won’t be uncomfortable all night with a poor stomach.

Colours impact sleep

Every cloud has a ‘Silver’ lining

Generally cool colours impact sleep quite well as they are more soothing. Silver tones mimic moonlight and so suggests it is night time. In some cases, people said it made them more motivated to exercise in their bedroom. This can have a positive effect on sleep, as exercise is very important for a good sleep.

Colours impact sleep

I ‘Red’ this somewhere…

Red is bad for relaxation. They increase blood circulation by quickening the pulse. Breathing rates and metabolism are also increased which are both unhelpful in trying to sleep. This is due to red being associated with danger and passion.

Colours impact sleep

‘Purple’ rain, purple rain

Purple is a colour traditionally associated with the gods or royalty. Although having a luxurious connection, it has a negative link with sleep. Purple stimulate the mind’s imagination and creativity. They also energise the body and can even induce nightmares and vivid dreams making it hard to rest.

Colours impact sleep

What’s ‘Brown’ and sticky?

A stick!


Both Brown and Grey are not very good for sleep. They create a gloomy feeling and can make you feel dreary and isolated. This results in a feeling of restlessness.

Colours impact sleep

Inspired by this information but not sure how to incorporate it into your bedroom without a full redesign? You can make some simple changes that won’t cost a lot. For example, try changing your bed sheets to a soothing blue or green. If you have any objects that are red or purple, try finding them a space in another room. Finally, if you are still struggling to get back to a sleep routine, Lunox tablets are available in pharmacies as an aid to temporary sleep disturbance. Remember to always read the leaflet. Contains Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride.