Why you should never use white bed sheets – according to sleep experts

This popular hue may be stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep – this is what to choose instead

white bedroom with bed nook and wooden ceiling
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Color is important when it comes to curating the perfect sleep environment. However, sleep experts have warned that the perfect palette comes down to more than your paint choices. 

While the tone of your wall will influence your sleeping pattern, the color of your bedsheets is equally as crucial to a good night's rest. The surprising twist? Your white bed sheets may be stopping you from enjoying a long slumber.

The ever-favorite bedsheet color may be impacting your ability to sleep better – so it is time to rethink your bedroom ideas and sleep on a transformative new tone. Here’s what you need to know. 

Why you should never use white bed sheets – for a good night’s sleep 

Bedroom layout ideas

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While many studies suggest that neutral colors are best for your overall scheme, Sleep Expert Dorothy Chambers from SleepJunkie argues the opposite is true of your bed linen.

‘When it comes to sheets, shades in the yellow, orange, red and black families are best, but stay away from whites and [light] blues,’ Dorothy says. 

These colors are thought to affect melatonin levels – which is a hormone primarily released by the pineal gland at night. These colors have an influence over your melatonin – meaning they may control your sleep-wake cycle. ‘Before you redecorate, think not only about how the color will look but how it will affect you as you drift off,’ Dorothy adds. 

A white bedroom idea with dark blue painted woodwork and black and gold geometric mirror

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However, Dorothy is not alone in her teaching. Neuropsychologist Alexander Burgemeester reiterates the expert’s warning. 

‘Although the fabric and quality of your bed sheets matter, the color does as well,’ he says. ‘It is best to use darker colored bed sheets in order to get a better night’s sleep,’ Alexander says. 

He recommends tapping into one of the most popular color trends of the year – suggesting that gray and dark green sheets are great alternatives to improve your sleeping pattern. 

Bedroom with white rug

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However, before you pair your best mattress with luminous sheets, Alexander adds that especially bright colored sheets are often distracting and may ‘strain [your] eyes’ as you unwind, so it is better to opt for neutral colors that won’t impact your sleep in a negative way. 

Will you reshape your bedroom color ideas and change your white sheets for good? 

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.