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Calm­ing and cool colours will pro­mote a rest­ful sleep, ac­cord­ing to Ch­eryl Fin­gle­son from The Sleep Coach.

“Spe­cialised re­cep­tors in the retina of your eyes are most sen­si­tive to th­ese types of colours — specif­i­cally blue,” she says. “Blue is as­so­ci­ated with feel­ings of calm which, when picked up by th­ese re­cep­tors and re­layed to your brain, helps re­duce blood pres­sure and heart rate.”

If blue isn’t your colour or doesn’t fit in with the styling of your bed­room, keep to re­lax­ing shades and cool colours such as sil­vers, grays and cool neu­trals.

“You want your bed­room to feel like a sanc­tu­ary, a place to un­wind at the end of a busy day and th­ese shades will help you achieve that,” says Ashley.

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as tim­ber, a chunky wool throw and even a plant can also cre­ate calm.

“You can go an ex­tra step to achieve this feel­ing and add some spe­cial el­e­ments such as a tex­tured throw, a sweet-smelling can­dle and a posy of flow­ers on your bed­side ta­ble,” Ch­eryl says.

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