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How Bedroom Colors Can Determine How Much Sleep You'll Get

Update Date: May 16, 2013 12:15 PM EDT

If you want better sleep, a new survey reveals that you should paint your bedroom blue.

The survey revealed that on average people sleeping in a blue room get seven hours and fifty-two minutes of sleep per night. 

However, the poll conducted by Travelodge, found that people who paint their bedroom grey, brown or purple are least likely to get a full night's sleep.

The survey, which looked at 2,000 homes in the UK, found that people sleeping in rooms painted with calm colors like yellow, blue or green got the best night's sleep. 

"This is an amazing result, as there are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue," said Chris Idzikowski, Sleep Expert from the Edinburgh Sleep Center, according to the Daily Mail.

"These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24 hour rhythms, and affects how we perform and feel during the day. That interaction between light, sleep and wakefulness is supremely important," he added.

The survey revealed that people who sleep in purple bedrooms get on average only give hours and fifty-six minutes of sleep per night. Researchers explain that this may be because the color purple is mentally stimulating.  Therefore, people sleeping in purple bedrooms may find it difficult to relax after a busy day.

Brown, grey, gold and red bedrooms are also bad for sleep.  The survey found that people sleeping brown bedrooms get on average six hours and five minutes of sleep, people in grey bedroom get six hours and twelve minutes of sleep, people in gold bedrooms get six hours and forty-three minutes of sleep and people in red bedrooms get six hours and fifty-eight minutes of sleep.

"Your bedroom décor can certainly impact upon your quality and quantity of sleep per night," Color Therapy & Holistic Interior Design consultant, Suzy Chiazzari, told the Daily Mail.

"Although many people think purple creates a sense of luxury in the bedroom, this color can reduce the number of hours of sleep you attain," she said.  "Purple has a strong connection with the more artistic community being a color reported to stimulate creativity and the unconscious mind. Therefore sleeping in a purple room is more likely to promote vivid dreams or even nightmares; resulting in you feeling tired in the morning."

Bedroom Color and Sleep Duration

1.     Blue (7 hours and 52 Minutes)

2.     Yellow (7 Hours and 40 Minutes)

3.     Green (7 Hours and 36 Minutes)

4.     Silver (7 Hours and 33 Minutes)

5.     Orange (7 Hours and 28 Minutes)

6.     Red (6 Hours and 58 Minutes)

7.     Gold (6 Hours and 43 Minutes)

8.     Grey (6 Hours and 12 Minutes)

9.     Brown (6 Hours and 5 Minutes)

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