Decorating your house is an exciting experience, however according to recent research factors such as lighting, or the colour of your walls, may have more of an impact on your sleep than you think.
In order to drift off into a deep sleep at night, breast cancer researcher Dr Richard Stevens suggests using dimmer and 'redder' lights in the evening. This reinforces our own advice to avoid bright lights before bed time. They will confuse your body and therefore your natural sleep and wake cycle.
The colour of your walls is also an extremely important factor, especially in the bedroom. An NHS report on lighting states that colours such as red or orange are likely to increase stress therefore stick to more neutral colours for your bedroom.
Our own sleep expert, Dr Nerina, recommends a calm, tranquil bedroom that is free from clutter and technology in order to get the best night's sleep, so keep that mobile phone and laptop away. Aromatherapy oils such as lavender and eucalyptus will create a soothing and comfortable environment. For more useful tips check out our Sleep Toolkit.