Finding a Bedroom Color That Helps You Relax and Fall Asleep

A guest post by Myra Campbell

Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.

 

Color has an impact on the mind and body, setting the mood for a room. It can enliven and excite or calm and soothe. Because of the sometimes powerful emotions color can create, color choice can either help or hinder attempts to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. Armed with the right knowledge, you can use color to create a sleep sanctuary where the mind and body can escape from the stress and pressure of everyday life.

Neutral and Earth Tones

Neutrals never go out of style. White, grays, and earthy beiges are still among the most popular paint colors for the bedroom. They don’t stimulate the brain, so they keep things calm and restful. The brain triggers the body’s sleep-wake cycle by adhering to the body’s natural circadian rhythms. If the brain gets the wrong signals, the cycle may not be started at the right time. You want to create an atmosphere that supports the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Neutrals do that and let the brain do its job.

Better with Blue

For those who want more color, blue is the most calming, sleep-inducing option. Special cells in the eyes called ganglions relay information to the part of the brain that controls the circadian rhythms. When the ganglions sense blue, they send signals to the part of the brain that sends feelings of calm to the rest of the body. Blue has been shown to reduce both blood pressure and heart rate, both of which help the body fall asleep.

Maybe Green Too

Blue isn’t the only color that calms the mind. Green, with its strong ties to nature, has a similar effect as it’s associated with tranquility and health. With any color, the walls don’t have to be painted green to get the benefits of the color. Plants and nature photos or paintings can have a similar effect. The more nature you invite into the room, the more calm and serene the bedroom becomes. You might also consider a blue with green undertones for something a little different with benefits of both colors.

Keep It Light and Cool

If blue and green aren’t a preferred color scheme, pastels and light, muted tones in other cool colors can keep things calm as well. Light colors don’t stimulate the eyes, which helps the mind remain calm and reduces excitement. Dark colors can stimulate strong emotions that are counter to the purpose of a bedroom. For example, red stimulates the appetite and purple stirs creativity, neither of which you want at bedtime.

Good Sleep is More Than Color

While the color of your room can have a big effect, sleep hygiene, all the habits that surround good sleep, plays a vital role in getting adequate rest. A supportive mattress and pillow can minimize aches and pains. Along with a comfortable bed, the bedroom should be kept cool, quiet, and dark. Once the right atmosphere is established, other habits to promote better sleep include:


  • Keeping a consistent bed and wake time

  • Establishing a bedtime routine

  • Avoiding stimulants within four hours of bed

  • Turning off screens at least an hour before bedtime

  • Eating an early, light dinner to prevent discomfort

  • Exercising regularly, so the body is tired at night


Better sleep comes from creating a sleep sanctuary in conjunction with developing good sleep hygiene. When the two work together, the chances of getting a full night of high-quality sleep increase significantly.

Quotes to Start the New Year

Anyone who knows me knows I love quotes. I enjoy finding them and basking in their wisdom so here are a few to start 2018 off well. Enjoy!

“Many of these people worked hard at jobs that no one else wanted and were poorly paid, I was sure. But it seemed to me that there was something resilient in their spirit, some essential quality that kept the music and the dancing and the color alive…..And I thought, as I had so many times before, that what’s important to a human being, any human being, isn’t the wealth that comes from money, but the richness that comes from community, a sense of connectedness to family and to friends and …. to the spirit of the Great Mystery that runs through all creation.” from Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger

“Love conquers all.” Virgil

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover” –Mark Twain

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. “–Stephen Covey

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Christopher Columbus

“Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.” Sun Tzu

 

Happy New Year!

Holiday Channeling 2017 from The Great White Brotherhood

 

Holiday Blessings to everyone! Again we have a message from the Great White Brotherhood, in particular, Melchezidek. Enjoy the message and may each day bring you clarity, vision, expansion, strength and a renewal of spirit. Blessings to all……

 

Greetings to one and all on this glorious day! You are about to welcome in a brand new year with all its promise. On the cusp of this new year we want to let you know that many beings of Light are in your midst, in human form, in etheric form, in other dimensional forms.

They are here because the world is transforming itself, rebirthing itself, into another dimension. Many of you will rejoice in this, others will not, wishing to hang on to the familiar. If you fall into that latter category, do not despair. Change is never easy even for those who welcome it. You will adapt to it over time if you take the trouble to try. If you don’t, your life will be challenging in the way it would be if you moved to a completely different cultural reality and you refused to adhere to that old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Remember that other old saying, “What you resist, persists.”

There are a few hints we would like to share with you in order to assist you with the changes ahead.

1. Breathe. Your breath is a tool you have with you 24/7. Use it to adjust. When you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes, breathe deeply, re-enter your body and ground yourself. Keep breathing. You will find that in a few moments the anxiety will lessen and you will be able to then listen to your inner guidance to see what to do.

2. Listen. Listen to the guidance being given to you at any given moment when you are confused about what to do. There is so much help out there just waiting to be asked to assist you.

3. Rest. Your bodies, minds and spirits will be stretched beyond normal in the coming months. Take time out to renew yourself. That may be a nap, a healthy meal, a moment for meditation or prayer. If you are working, plan on taking a tea break, resting when you do take a break, especially your mind.

4. Eat consciously. That means different things to different people so eat in a way that supports your body, your metabolism, your belief system. This is not a time to drink heavily, or to indulge in foods that do not serve you. We are not saying to abstain, but choose wisely and do no overindulge in anything at this time. You must be at your best.

5. Love. Love your self. Love those around you. Love those who think differently than you do. Love the world. Love all sentient beings. Love your ancestors. Love your descendants, Love the beings in other dimensions who are here to assist you, Love Nature, Love the Divine Source. LOVE.

6. Listen. Did we say this already? Well we say it yet again. Do not assume you have all the answers. Things are changing quickly and you must change quickly. That also means your ways of thinking must be agile and ready to change. LISTEN.

7. Surrender
8. Receive
9. Trust

These last three go together as a trinity. Do not try to hold on to things past. This is hard, we realize. It is like being on a trapeze for the first time, letting go when you are high in the air with no net, and trusting that there are hands that will reach out and catch you before you fall. Nearly impossible. But POSSIBLE. TRUST.

Give in to what is. Surrender your idea of what is right and what is reality. And then receive what is becoming. We promise you that what is coming is so much better than what you are living today. Which is why things must change. Surrender, receive and trust in the process.

We send you blessings from beyond and send you love. Because you have chosen to be alive at this moment in time, we can help you create the New Earth that has been promised to you. We honor and respect you and your hard work.

May you always be blessed.
So be it and so it is.

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