What Nursery Room Color Helps Your Baby Sleep?

Lullaby 06/10/2013

Whoever came up with the cliche about sleeping like a baby, clearly never had one. Babies are notorious for nighttime waking and parents will try almost anything to get them to sleep better - using white noise machines, placing a lightweight book on their baby’s back to simulate their hand, placing a ticking clock under their bed to mimic mom’s heartbeat - the list goes on and on. But, what if your baby’s nursery room color could help your baby sleep better? A recent study of 2,000 homes in the U.K. may have you re-painting the walls.

While the study wasn’t conducted specifically on nurseries, the results are encouraging nonetheless. Here’s what they found:

  • People with blue rooms tend to get the best rest (nearly eight hours a night) and wake up feeling happier. Chris Idzikowski, Sleep Expert from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre said: “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.” Apparently, this sensitivity to blue hues can actually slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure!
  • Green and yellow were also winners for sleep promotion resulting in an average of seven hours and 40 minutes of sleep for adults sleeping in rooms painted these calming colors.
  • Those sleeping in gray and brown rooms fared poorly with an average of  just above six hours of sleep a night.
  • Purple scored worst. According to the authors, purple rooms can stimulate the brain, making it difficult to slip into slumber and causing crazy dreams once there.

Desperate to get your baby to sleep better? Try a blue baby nursery! Check out our Pinboard of blue baby nursery inspiration ideas, order your blue non-toxic** Lullaby Paint, and let us know how it goes!

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