Blues for a better snooze

Blues for a better snooze
November 26, 2014

Do you have trouble sleeping and feel like you’ve tried just about everything to get a better night’s sleep?

You’ve probably heard (and tried) the advice that your bedroom should be tidy and organised, but have you ever considered the effect of your Resene paint colour on your sleep patterns?

A survey reported on website TopNews has shown that those wanting to get a more restful and calm sleep should paint their walls blue.

Adults need eight hours of sleep every night, but that’s not always easy when we’re getting into bed still thinking about the stresses of the day and planning our agendas for the day to come.

According to Chris Idzikowski from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, specialised receptors in the eye are sensitive to the colour blue in particular.

“These feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24-hour rhythms and affects how we feel,” he explained.

Blue is certainly associated in nature with various calming activities, such as the uplifting feeling of waking up to a clear blue sky, or heading to the beach or river to see perfect blue waters.

It is hardly surprising then, that the runners up after blue were also colours from nature.

Green was also found to have a calming effect which is good for our sleep behaviour. You can imagine how turning your bedroom into a green oasis reminiscent of a spring field or lush forest might help to put your busy mind at ease and get a better sleep.

Likewise, yellow was also given the thumbs up from the experts. Given that it is such a happy colour, and associated with all things positive and bright, you can imagine the advantages of turning your sleep space ‘sunny side up’.

So if you need more snooze time, try new Resene Dusted Blue and Resene Unwind.  Continue the wall colour onto the ceiling for a real cocoon of colour.

Resene has a huge range of blues and a rainbow of other colours to suit your decorating projects.  Come in and see the range at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz, 0800 RESENE (737 363).

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