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Create Your Dream Sleep Sanctuary with These Three Window Coverings

Create Your Dream Sleep Sanctuary with These Three Window Coverings
Getting good sleep is good for your health. Trust us—it’s science. Poor sleep can lead to a number of negative health effects, including an increased risk of depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. Sleep is important for many reasons. It helps you manage your appetite, improves your immune system and strengthens your memory, among other things. You might not realize this, but while you’re sleeping, your brain is sending signals to your body to release hormones and compounds to help you recharge and feel refreshed when you wake up. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal amount of sleep for adults between the ages of 26 and 64 is seven to nine hours a night. Most research shows that adults within this age group sleep an average of seven to eight hours a night.

What’s just as important as getting a healthy amount of sleep is developing good sleep hygiene. This includes going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day, having a “bedtime ritual” such as reading a book or taking a warm bath and avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bedtime. Your environment plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep as well. The amount of light in your room, the way your room smells, the feeling of the bedding and your mattress—all of these things can affect your sleep. Ideally, your bedroom should be a peaceful sanctuary designed for restful sleep.

Light Control

One of the easiest ways to improve your sleep environment is by controlling the amount of light in your room. Have you ever noticed how well you sleep in a dark hotel room with thick curtains? There’s a reason for that. Light is one of the single most important factors when it comes to sleep. It can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, preventing the release of melatonin and tricking the brain into thinking it should be awake when it should not. You can help prevent light from disturbing your sleep by covering your windows with blinds or shades and making sure you limit the amount of blue light in your room.

Light Filtering vs. Room Darkening

The type of window covering you choose will depend on how much light you want to come through. There are two options to consider: light filtering and room darkening. Light-filtering shades do exactly that—they provide you with privacy while also limiting the amount of light that enters your space. Room-darkening blinds and shades, on the other hand, are designed to keep light out completely.

Here are three window coverings to consider for a tranquil sleep sanctuary:

White roller blind and window

Roller shades

If you’re looking for light-blocking treatments, roller shades are an excellent choice. Roller shades are a type of window covering that does not include slats. Rather, they are a single solid sheet of material that covers the window when pulled down. Roller shades are relatively inexpensive and are popular for their versatility. They can be lifted to allow sunlight in during the day and pulled down to keep light out when it’s time for bed. Try our Room Darkening Zebra Roller Shades, which offer both light-filtering and room-darkening options, along with a motorized feature for ease of use.

Cellular shades

Also known as honeycomb shades, cellular shades are another popular option to consider for your bedroom. They are attractive, versatile and are perhaps best known for being energy efficient, and can help keep your room insulated and the temperature comfortable. Cellular shades also offer a variety of light control options depending on the opaqueness of the fabric. If you’re interested in this type of shade, our Day and Night Cordless Cellular Shades are a great choice and will give you the best of both worlds with their light filtering design on top and blackout design on the bottom.

Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds

Another popular window covering, faux wood blinds offer the look and feel of real wood without the cost. You simply can’t beat the benefits of faux wood: it’s resistant to moisture and humidity, it won’t warp or fade and it is comparatively inexpensive. Faux wood blinds are a great choice for virtually any room in your home, but they’re a good option to consider for your bedroom specifically. Because they are made out of a solid, opaque material, faux wood blinds are designed to keep light out. However, it’s important to keep in mind that all blinds with slats will let some light in through the spaces. Try our Cordless Faux Wood Blinds. In addition to preventing light from getting into your bedroom while you’re trying to sleep, their cordless feature means children and pets are safe from entanglement.

Not only can window coverings transform the look and style of your bedroom, but they can also help create a cozy and comfortable environment that results in a restful night’s sleep. Factory Direct Blinds has an incredible selection of room-darkening blinds and shades to choose from. Need help finding window coverings for your bedroom? Contact us today!

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