If you are constantly feeling tired, no matter how many hours of sleep you are getting, you will want to look into improving the quality of your sleep.
Making sure you get optimal sleep is really important for your health, your level of energy, and your peace of mind. You might have already looked at different ways to improve your night routine such as blocking blue light from your screens (phone, TV, computer) 1 hour before going to sleep, meditating for 10 minutes at night, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, not eating heavy food for dinner, etc.
But did you know one important thing to implement in order to have a great night’s sleep actually has to do with your bedroom’s window treatments?
Having the right window shades for your bedroom is a simple home improvement trick that will make a big difference to your sleep quality.
Why is sleeping in the dark so important?
Research has shown that sleeping in the dark improves not only your sleep quality but also your health and wellbeing. Even if you are one of those persons who isn’t bothered by light peeking through the windows at night, making sure your bedroom gets really dark will benefit you.
Light at night (or LAN) disturbs the production and secretion of melatonin, also called the sleep hormone. Its production in our bodies is influenced by the amount of light and darkness we are surrounded by. When our body is fully immersed in the dark, we are in the best conditions for the secretion of melatonin. When light filters in through the windows at night, it disturbs the secretion of the sleep hormone and the quality of our sleep.
Another reason you will want to make sure your bedroom gets completely dark is if you work at night and need to sleep during the day. In this case, proper blackout window treatments will really become a lifesaver helping you to get good quality sleep when you most need it.
Here are our top 5 window shades for a great night's sleep to bring your bedroom in total darkness:
1. Blackout Roller Shades
Blackout roller shades are a great solution. We love how efficient and versatile they are! You have a vast selection of fabrics and colors to choose from that will come in a blackout material blocking all light to filter through.
You can also decide to go cordless to avoid having strings dangling, and you can choose automated shades to make operating your shades very easy and extra convenient.
2. Blackout Cellular Shades
Blackout cellular shades are a must if your goal is to both block the light from coming through the shades as well as save and reduce your energy consumption. Cellular shades are a great investment as they help insulate your house and reduce the risks of air escaping the room through the windows.
Another great advantage that will improve your sleep quality is that blackout cellular shades can also help reduce street noise transforming your bedroom into a dark and quiet haven.
3. Blackout Roman Shades
If you do not want to compromise on the aesthetic of your design and you are worried the blackout shades won’t fit the style of your interior, we recommend you to look into roman shades. Very design-focused, roman shades fold perfectly once open giving a clean look to the room. You also have a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from.
4. Plantation Shutters or Wood Blinds
Plantation shutters or wood blinds are another great option to create more darkness at night. They not only block the light coming in, but are also very energy-efficient. They are a long-term investment that will become a total part of your home decoration and add overall value to your house. They also provide more privacy and safety.
5. Layering with blackout drapery
Layering multiple window treatments is a great way to make them more opaque to light. Add a blackout drapery to any other shades and it will create a more classic look to the bedroom. Additionally, make sure the drapery goes all the way down to the floor for ultimate coverage and style.
Taking proper measurements and making sure the window treatments fit correctly is important. Just a few inches off can let light in and jeopardize the darkness of the room.
Ready for your best night’s sleep? Dress your window properly and feel the difference! If you need additional advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts. We will help you design the perfect solution for your space.