You wake as the first signs of daybreak start to filter through your current window coverings, but instead of feeling refreshed, you still feel unusually groggy. As the day progresses you find yourself becoming sleepy and more irritable, even after drinking a second highly caffeinated beverage after arriving at the office. By lunch you think it would be a great idea to take a nap in your car, and although it would be nice if our bosses would insist that we take naps when we start rubbing our eyes, getting irritable, and generally behaving like children under the age of 6, it most likely isn’t going to happen.
If this sounds like a normal day for you, there could be a couple of causes for the poor night’s sleep you’ve been getting including environmental disruptions, stress, using screens (tv, tablet, phone) right before bed, drinking or eating too much, and sleep disorders. Each one of the disruptions listed can interrupt sleep cycles causing short- and long-term health issues. Knowing these possible causes for restless sleep isn’t necessarily cause for concern, especially when you can try a simple solution before immediately phoning your sleep specialist to set up an appointment. The easiest things to try first is re-evaluating the effectiveness of your window coverings.
Ways You Can Improve Your Night’s Sleep
We know that certain window treatments can help make your home more efficient, but they can also play an important role in promoting better sleep by creating an optimal sleeping environment. The following are some ways window coverings can help improve your night’s sleep by:
- Reducing noise: Outside noise can disrupt sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Blocking out light: Exposure to light can disrupt your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Controlling temperature: Temperature can affect sleep quality, with cooler temperatures often being more conducive to better sleep.
- Increasing privacy: Having privacy in your bedroom helps promote better sleep by reducing feelings of anxiety or stress.
The first and second environmental disruptions to our sleep, light and noise, are probably the most likely contributors to sleepless nights and at the same time they can be the easiest disruption to get rid of. When dealing with noise pollution filtering into our sleep environment, cellular blinds, roman shades, and lined curtains can all help absorb the sound and reduce its effect on our sleep. Check out our Cadence® Soft Vertical Window Blinds that are accompanied by sound absorption, light control, and privacy to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.
Choosing the right window coverings for your bedroom can create a comfortable, relaxing, and sleep-conducive environment that helps you get a better night’s rest. To find the right window treatment for your specific environmental sleep disruption, head down to see the professionals at Horizon Window Fashions or go online to view their Fashion Design Gallery for some inspiration.