The secret to a better sleep could be down to rearranging the books on your nightstand

You should never judge a book by its cover – unless you want a good night's sleep

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The relationship between color psychology and your sleeping pattern is certainly no secret. Psychologists and sleep experts are in agreement that the color choices in your bedroom have an impact on your wellbeing – but these decisions stretch far beyond your paint ideas

While the tone of your wall will always be important, sleep experts have revealed that your reading habits may also influence your slumber – and they're not talking about the content of your book (though, we imagine that might have something to do with it too). 

Experts have revealed that the colors of the books on your nightstand may be stopping you from sleeping better, so you may need to rearrange your reading list in order to create a restful environment. Sharing their bedroom ideas, the sleep gurus explain what you need to know. 

Why you may need to rearrange your nightstand – for a better night's sleep 

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According to Martin Seeley, the CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay, you should remove your darker books for lightly-hued covers. The best are those with a blue, green, or pink sleeve.

Blue books

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'This peaceful and calming color has tremendous power to manage stress and slow down your heart rate – which are two benefits you want just before bedtime,' Martin says. 

However, he isn't alone in his admiration for this tone. Psychologist and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers adds that this color will encourage you to destimulate and switch off before sleep. 

He adds that blue offers a 'feeling of stability and safety' at a time when we are falling into a state where we are unable to protect ourselves, so it is a suitable choice for the bedroom. 

Green books

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This organic hue has already topped color trends in rooms beyond the bedroom for several seasons, but it is showing no signs of wavering. 

'Because this color symbolizes nature, it's an extremely comforting tone to surround yourself with before bedtime,' Martin says. 'Try and pick books with beige greens and pale-yellow greens as these are the most stress-reducing shades.' Colour therapist Jane Wood adds that this natural color brings an 'earthy energy' to your space to ease our minds before sleep. 

Pink books

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Pink, in all its romantic hues, is thought to promote love and peace, but it also has feng shui benefits too. Martin explains that pink books promote a 'balance of your energies' that will help you drift off into a peaceful slumber. 

So, while you may have the best mattress you can find, you may need to upgrade your library too. Happy reading (and sleeping) one and all. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.