Experts reveal how to sleep better in the heatwave for just a few quid – and it’s got nothing to do with the temperature
BRITS are basking in warm weather as the UK enjoys a glorious summer, but the heat can make it hard to sleep.
If you’re forever tossing and turning but found fans and freezing your bedding made no difference, there is another way to keep cool at night.
Experts have revealed that the colour of your bedroom can affect how warm you feel – and they shared the exact shade to go for if you want to keep cool.
A study by Valspar and Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, looked at six different shades, and found navy blue is the coolest colour.
The team asked 157 participants to spend time in separate rooms, each set to 18c.
They were asked to record the temperature in each room, and the findings showed more than a quarter – 28 per cent – felt the coolest when in the navy blue room – specifically Blue Moon Glow.
Overall some even claimed they felt up to a five degree difference compared to the actual room temperature.
Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, said: “Taking inspiration from the primary colour spectrum, each Valspar shade used was specifically chosen to test their effect on the senses.
“This illustrative study goes some way to showing that our senses are intrinsically linked and that the colour our walls are painted can really impact our thermal comfort.”
The colour our walls are painted can really impact our thermal comfort
The six shades used in the experiment were Manzanilla Olive, Blue Moon Glow, Coral Bloom, Ochre Mountain, Pink Ribbon Care and Royal Velvet.
Jane Ryder, European Marketing Director at Valspar, added: “We commissioned this research because we understand how hard it is to choose paint colour for the home.
“By testing participants’ reactions to individual colours, we were able to give them a deeper understanding of the affect these have on their senses, therefore helping them to be more colour confident when selecting a new paint.”
A tester pot of Valspar costs just a few quid from most homeware stores, or you can splash out on a tub for around £15.
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