Over the years there has been a mammoth amount of research invested into sleep – and the exact amount that we really need. Whilst researching this article, we actually found that there is no magic number, but the general consensus is that if you sleep somewhere between seven and nine hours you’ll hit the spot and do your health no harm whatsoever.
Our research also showed that there is a need for us to drop into a “deep sleep” – where our body can fully rest and ultimately prepare us for the rigours of the next day. Achieving this is easier for some of us than it is for others, but something that unquestionably aids it is sleeping in a pitch dark environment. This is where window treatments enter the picture and more specifically, blinds.
If you do happen to lead a somewhat stressful life, investing in an appropriate set of blinds could very much be the best thing you ever do. Even if your lifestyle means that it’s just impossible to hit the pillow for nine hours, if you can at least improve the quality of your sleep there is every chance you will wake up feeling more refreshed than you ever did before.
Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is one of the simplest, renowned and established products that have been available from blinds manufacturers. Blackout blinds do exactly as they say on the tin – they make your bedroom an absolute cave. No natural light is allowed to peak through the
window, and you’ve immediately improved the quality of your sleep. Additionally, this happens to be one of the most affordable types of blinds – presumably because of just how long they have been available on the market.
Developments in the blinds industry mean that there are a whole host of other ways in which you can improve the quality of your sleep though. While the blackout blinds could be a godsend for some, for others they might just make it impossible to wake up on a morning. Some people require a small amount of natural light to enter the room in the early hours, to gradually wake them up. It’s one of the reasons so many companies have started producing alarm clocks which mimic the natural morning sensations – as this is meant to be one of the easiest ways to kick us out of the “deep sleep” phase.
For those that do need a little help in the morning, any horizontal blinds which allow some form of light filtering can be the answer. The fact that you can alter the angle of the slats to allow the optimum amount of “waking up light” into the room in the morning is important, but there are products which allow you to go a step further.
For example, if you were to turn to a motorized and programmable blind, you could limit the amount of light in the evening, whilst allowing a small amount in the morning to wake you up. It’s another case which highlights the flexibility that blinds allow you when it comes to your sleep and shows just how important your window treatments are if you do want to feel fresher in the mornings.