A good night’s sleep eludes many of us, but the fix could be as simple as changing your blinds.
ABC Blinds & Awnings Co-Managing Director Mark Brice said once you’ve exhausted the usual tactics of cutting down caffeine, adhering to a regimented sleep schedule or meditation, perhaps it was time to invest in products to darken your bedroom.
“As darkness is essential to a good night’s rest, it’s safe to say that blackout or blockout blinds can help you sleep,” he said. “These kinds of blinds are particularly important if you live in a suburban or city area, as exposure to streetlights, car headlights and other bright outside lights can alter your body clock.”
Light can have a profound influence on sleep as it affects our natural sleep-wake cycle – the circadian rhythm.
As the light fades, in addition to falling in core temperature, our bodies produce higher amounts of melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone. Without adequate melatonin, sleep becomes very difficult.
In terms of an affordable blind to help improve your sleep, Mr Brice recommended roller or Roman blinds.
“These stylish blinds are similar in appearance, both featuring a single layer of fabric that can be completely raised or lowered to increase or reduce levels of light and privacy,” he said.
“They can be custom-made in blockout or blackout fabric to block light and even reduce outside noise. This means you can control how much light enters your bedroom at any time of the day, which is particularly beneficial for anyone needing to sleep during the day, like babies, nappers and night-shift workers.”
A slightly more expensive option, double rollers have the added benefit of two blinds in one system. For instance, Mr Brice said you could pair two different fabrics such as a sunscreen layer and a blockout layer.
“With this combination, you can enjoy daytime privacy and reduce glare, in addition to total darkness at night,” he said.
For style and function, blockout curtains are a popular alternative. Lined with a thick layer of blackout fabric, they ensure no outside light can pass through.
“For optimal results, consider pairing your blockout curtains with padded pelmets to stop light from spilling above the curtains,” Mr Brice said.
He said incorrectly fitted blinds letting light slip through or blinds fitted inside the mount could also contribute to interrupted sleep.
“If there’s still too much light coming through your windows, it may be because of the way your window treatments have been fitted,” Mr Brice said. “A way to minimise light gaps is to request outside-mounted blinds or curtains, which means the window treatment is mounted on the wall above or outside the window frame.”
CONTACT ABC Blinds & Awnings, 131 315, www.abcblinds.com.au