Why Your Bedroom Colors Actually Matter

Can the colors in your bedroom affect your sleep?

Most people select bedroom decor such as paint, furniture, and bedding based solely on their personal aesthetic preferences. But research suggests you may also want to take the psychological impact of certain colors into account.

It’s possible some colors may be more soothing than others, and that could actually affect how well you sleep.

Additionally, further research suggests certain colors may be more or less attractive to bedbugs — and we all know bedbugs are unlikely to inspire a sound night of Zzzs.

Just how might the color of your sheets affect your slumber? Read on to find out.

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For Better Sleep, Use Blue Sheets?

According to Sleep.org, people who sleep in blue bedrooms sleep longer. Their website explains:

“The reason has a whole lot to do with your eyes. Specialized receptors in the retina of your eyes — called ganglion cells — are most sensitive to blue. The ganglion cells are responsible for relaying information to the part of your brain that controls your body’s 24-hour rhythm, which, in turn, affects everything from performance to how you feel physically during the day. The color blue is associated with feelings of calm which, when picked up by your ganglion cells and relayed to your brain, helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate, all of which help you receive a solid night’s sleep.”

This information refers mostly to the color of paint on bedroom walls, but it’s possible sheet color could play a role, too.

Other experts have also suggested that your sheet color matters.

On his website, Dr. Oz says, “If you sleep on white sheets, you could be sabotaging your sleep. The whiteness reflects the light, which stops the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep.”

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And in an article for HuffPost, Feng Shui expert Candace Vorhaus wrote:

“Clean colored sheets, such as bright yellow, strengthen your health. Spring green is also a good color; the color of rest and renewal. In Feng Shui, the energy associated with white sheets is considered too yin, or weak. Think about it: White sheets are used at hospitals, morgues and funerals to cover a dead body.”

Sheets As Natural Pest Control

One final thing to consider: Research also shows that bedbugs are more attracted to certain colors. One study found that bedbugs gravitated more to paper tents that were red and black, and were less likely to go to green and yellow paper tents.

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“The authors suggest that a possible explanation for why bed bugs avoided yellow and green colors is because those colors resemble brightly-lit areas,” a press release explained. “These findings are important because they may have implications for controlling the pests.” But that’s not necessarily a reason to panic. Study author Corraine McNeill told CityLab, “I don’t know how far I would go to say don’t get a red suitcase or red sheets, but the research hasn’t been done yet, so we can’t really rule that out completely.”

Ultimately, you should find sheets that feel comfortable and don’t cause you to overheat. Having certain colors in your bedroom might make a difference, or it might not — but if you’re struggling to sleep, a little redecoration can’t hurt.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news. She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.