Having the right window blinds installed in Destin, FL is part of an overall solution to get better sleep each night when you go to bed. Less than one quarter of American adults get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night. There are several things that we can do to make sure we’re getting, not only the right amount of sleep, but also good quality sleep.
One thing that can keep us awake at night is stress. We may have had a tough situation at work, a scary road rage incident on the commute home from work, an unexpected problem when we arrived home, or a deadline to be met or a critical presentation to do tomorrow. Any or all of these are stressful and can keep us from getting a good night’s sleep.
The solution to ease this kind of stress is to decompress before going to bed. Take a warm shower and sit down and relax with something that makes you comfortable and makes you feel good an hour or so before going to bed.
Another thing that can keep us from getting a good night’s sleep is the temperature of our bedroom. A cooler bedroom at night sends signals to our bodies that it’s time to go to sleep, while a warmer bedroom at night will tell our bodies to stay awake. A ceiling fan in the bedroom will help cool down the room without having to adjust the thermostat.
We sleep best when things are quiet. At least an hour before we go to bed, we should try to eliminate as much noise from our bedrooms as is possible. This includes outside noises, such as traffic, if we live near a busy street. A simple box fan beside our bed can create enough white noise (the good kind) to shut out all other noises and ensure a better night’s sleep.
Light inside our homes can disrupt our sleep as well. Blue light, such as that found on digital devices, interrupts melatonin (needed to induce sleep) production and prevents our bodies from sensing that we’re tired and need to go to sleep. Bright lights also have this effect on our bodies.
At nighttime, we should stop all digital device use at least two hours before going to bed. We should also use warm light bulbs and dimmer switches at night to lower the overall amount of light in bedrooms, so that our bodies are encouraged to wind down and go to sleep.
If we have to get up during the night, we should have nightlights installed around the house so that we don’t have to turn on the regular lights. Even a brief exposure to bright light can stop melatonin production and decrease the quality of sleep we’ll get for the rest of the night.
Light shining into our bedrooms can be another detriment to getting a good night’s sleep. Unless we live in a more rural setting, most of us live in areas that are artificially well-lit at night for safety purposes. Some of that outside light can come into our bedrooms and make it difficult to sleep.
An excellent solution for this problem is to have blackout window blinds installed in our bedrooms. Blackout window blinds completely block out any outside light, such as streetlights, headlights, or even moonlight, giving us a completely darkened bedroom, which is optimal for good sleep.
If you’d like to learn more about blackout window blinds in Destin, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 655 Grand Blvd Ste 106D, Miramar Beach, FL 32250, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.