Research reveals the best bed position and wall color for better sleep

The room you sleep in might be preventing you from getting a long and satisfying night's sleep - these findings might help

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Most of us go into the new year with small or large things that we wish to improve. Some of us might want to increase our fitness abilities, some might want to learn to cook better or healthier, while others might want to ensure they get enough sleep every night. Findings from a recent sleep review have revealed that improving your sleep could be an easy fix.

Having a comfortable bed will be number one on many people's list of priorities when arranging a bedroom. You might already have things like one of the best mattress toppers to provide extra comfort when getting some shut-eye. But the actual setup of your bedroom might be what's letting the quality of your sleep down.

A recent survey (opens in new tab) carried out by Sleep Junkie, a sleep and review platform, looked into how your bedroom could be responsible for affecting your sleep schedule. 

Surveying 1,000 Americans the sleep experts found have revealed that those who push their bed against a wall with the door to their side, place their TV across from the bed, and have purple painted bedroom walls are more likely to have a better night's sleep.

Three-quarters (75%) of those who slept like this achieved the optimal rest. Whereas, participants who placed their bed opposite the door, parallel to the window slept the worst. 

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The study concluded that beige and yellow walls were the worst when it came to getting a good night's sleep, meanwhile purple and blue appeared to help people get a better night's sleep. Only 12% of respondents with purple walls reported having a bad night’s sleep. 

If you worry that your bed isn't big enough to provide you with the best sleeping conditions, don't be concerned. The study respondents didn't reveal a significant relationship between having a large bed and getting better quality sleep.

A sleep expert behind the study, Christine Lapp explained that many factors can impact the quality of your sleep but arranging your room in a certain way may just be your ticket to a long and restful night of sleep.

"Set your bed up in such a way that the TV is at your feet (or move the TV out of your bedroom completely), and have a window and door on either side of the bed, respectively," she said.

“Then, paint your bedroom walls a purple or blue hue, get yourself a single or twin mattress (or dedicate part of your larger mattress as your sleeping section), make your bed every morning, and of course, clean your room!"

Of course, not everyone will be keen to paint their walls as bold a color as purple or blue so perhaps using one of the best sunrise alarm clocks might be a good way around this. Many of them include settings that allow you to project colors into your room (saving a hefty paint job) and dim as you fall asleep.

Another way you can make your room a better environment for sleeping in is by using one of the best diffusers for essential oils. There is a vast selection of oils to choose from that can increase feelings of calm, relaxation, and restfulness.

Jessica is Staff Writer at Fit&Well. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition. 


When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.