Why Bedroom Blinds Are Vital for a Great Night’s Sleep
“How much sleep do we actually need?” Now there’s a debate which has raged on for decades. According to the NHS’s official recommendation, adults need between six and nine hours of sleep each night, though many people will feel well rested with fewer. The amount of sleep varies depending on age, with new born babies requiring some 16 hours a day and those over 70 getting by on less than six hours a night.
Of course, sleep levels vary for all sorts of reasons — from what we’ve eaten to the amount of TV we watch before bed. One of the biggest contributing factors to lack of sleep, however, is light pollution, either from the sun or from streetlights and other sources of artificial light. Intrusive light stops the brain from producing the sleep hormone melatonin, thus making it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep.
Light and dark have different effects on the body. When its dark, your body receives a visual cue telling it it’s time to rest, kick-starting the production of melatonin. The darker you can keep your room during the night, the deeper and more satisfying a sleep you’ll have — given that your brain will have maximum time to produce lots of melatonin.
Light on the other hand, supresses the production of melatonin, thus keeping you awake for longer. In the morning, bright natural light can help wake you up and get your day off to a good start, but this isn’t what you want on an evening. If your bedroom is plagued by artificial light from streetlights, headlights or a neighbour’s security light, your brain will find it difficult to turn off, and so will you.
In fact, even the light we’re exposed to before bed can have a lasting effect on the quality of our sleep. If your bedroom lights are bright for instance, this will block the production of melatonin even after you’ve switched the lights off and climbed into bed, so it’s a good idea to dim the lights an hour or two before you plan to go to bed.
One of the easiest ways to ensure a good night sleep, however, is to install blackout blinds in your bedroom. Blackout blinds are designed to completely block out natural and artificial light from entering your bedroom, so you can better control when light is allowed to enter the space. Blackout roller blinds are particularly good for bedrooms, as they offer almost complete coverage from external light sources — allowing you to enjoy a good night’s sleep without fear of being woken from your slumber.
Here at SoEasy Blinds, we can help you get a good night’s sleep thanks to our huge range of made-to-measure blackout blinds, including vertical, panel, roller and Venetian options. To browse our complete range of blinds, or to receive a no obligation quote, visit the SoEasy Blinds homepage or call us on 0800 093 9635.