There are fewer frustrating things than not being able to get enough sleep, and sometimes the bedroom itself is partly to blame. When it's finally time for some shut-eye, it's tempting to simply roll over and try to ignore the things that are keeping you up. Instead, take action by designing a place where you are more inclined to doze off quickly by limiting the amount of distractions that infiltrate the room itself.
To make it easier to get enough rest, use these tips for rearranging the room and around the bed. Ideally, you need an area where you can feel at peace before nodding off after a long day:
- Use window film to make the windows opaque: The most obvious solution to getting more sleep is to keep out unwanted light and glare. Even at night, too much illumination can be upsetting, so apply a window film to the window that's closest to where you lay your head. A simple switch can change the texture of the windows and give you control over the light pollution coming in through your window. Pirouette window shadings are another option that allow homeowners versatility in controlling the level of exposure their room receives. Top/down reflective sheers can be adjusted at different points during the day and night.
You need an area where you can feel at peace before nodding off after a long day:
- Keep the room at just the right temperature: This will predominantly depend upon the kind of heating and cooling you use in your home, but if you have control of the heat, you can adjust the bedroom to be at just the right degree for comfort. Custom window shades can help by covering the entire window area to better insulate warmth during the winter, with cellular shades in particular serving to manage temperatures. On the other hand, if it's too hot in your house, you can adjust these to be more open and so as not to obstruct ventilation. An article from A Life of Productivity suggests that 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature for sleep, recommending that homeowners keep their thermostat between 75 and 54 degrees.
- Choose relaxing furnishings: When designing the bedroom, use colors and textures you find most soothing — after all, you want this to be a place where you can be at ease. Whatever color you choose for the walls, carpet and bedspread, make sure it matches with the drapes for a cohesive layout you will enjoy coming home to. One strategy is to focus on darker hues to help you disengage. Window fashions made from fabrics like Duralee and Kravet, available through our website, can help you achieve exactly that.
- Get rid of distracting light with multiple solutions: Custom window coverings can be layered to prevent excess light from filtering into the room, which could be just as distracting as direct exposure. Roller shades and blackout shades work together to provide maximum light blockage in the home. Good options for window solutions don't have to be mutually exclusive. Controlling the amount of light that enters a space is important for ensuring proper sleep.
- Muffle noise from outside: Just as too much light can be annoying when you're trying to sleep, too much noise is another obvious hassle. The heavy fabric of drapery panels can provide sound proofing qualities among other benefits. This isn't the only option, though, and many different coverings and treatment can keep the level of unwanted sound down. Keep out unwanted light and sound for a good night's sleep.
Learn more about the ways that proper use of window shutters and shades can make you sleep easier by contact Metropolitan Window Fashions for a free consultation in your own home.