Sleep is essential to our physical and mental wellbeing. And yet, nearly four in ten Kiwis don’t get enough of it. Insufficient sleep can exact a serious toll on our energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even our weight.
Fortunately, the experts at Home Vision Blinds know just how to get a good night’s sleep. The answer is simply consistency, healthy habits, and self-care! Below, we’ll look at some of the simplest ways you can improve your sleep cycle.
1. Stick to a regular sleep pattern
Try to go to bed and get up at around the same time every day, scheduling time for seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Many poor sleepers actually spend far too much time in bed, creating a fragmented sleep habit.
Remember, your bed is for sleeping, not entertainment. Hand-held electronic devices, such as smartphones or iPads can interfere with your sleep. More than a few minutes of screen time in bed, even if it isn’t cutting into your scheduled sleep time, can throw off what’s known as your circadian rhythm, the internal clock your body uses to maintain a natural sleep cycle.
The blue wavelengths from digital screens interrupt the part of our brain that produces melatonin, your sleep hormone. We need to be vigilant in protecting our sleeping environment from these disturbances, so make sure you have a quiet, dark room with good temperature control and darkened windows.
2. Limit daytime activities that disrupt your sleep cycle
- Caffeine. Think about cutting down on your caffeine intake or limiting your caffeine consumption to the morning hours. Caffeine consumption up to six hours before bedtime can measurably disrupt your sleep cycle.
- Alcohol. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but many people find that it also wakes them up during the night.
- Exercise. Vigorous exercise shortly before bed can cause a jolt to your metabolism right when your body should be winding down, raising your body temperature and heart rate and making it harder to sustain a deep sleep.
- Stress. Anxiety and stress can keep your mind racing long into the night. Try to separate yourself from what causes you stress an hour or two before bed. This could include looming bills and expenses, take-home work, or that growing to-do list.
3. Invest in the right blinds
Blackout roller blinds are the easiest and most economical window treatment available to shield you from annoying streetlights, the glare of the full moon, and even early sunrises. Headlights, street lamps, and even moonlight can disrupt a good night’s sleep, even when you’ve done everything else in your power to make your bedroom an optimal sleeping environment. Blackout blinds are often the missing piece.
Don’t Overlook Your Bedroom Ambience
We spend one-third of our lives asleep, so an ideal sleeping environment is a crucial element of your home. Bedroom window treatments need special consideration in controlling light, together with expressing good taste. Your bedroom should be the place that you look forward to retiring every night, as your body naturally craves a darkened room for an optimal sound sleep.
Roller blinds tick all the boxes; they’re easy to use, low-maintenance, cost-effective, and stylish. We offer roller blinds in a wide range of textures and colours, as well as three types of fabric choices, depending on whether you intend to simply filter light or block it out entirely.