In our last blog, we discussed why window treatments are so important for the entire house. With this blog, we’re going to talk about the bedroom window, specifically. How many of you reading this didn’t have the best night’s sleep recently? You might be sipping on some coffee trying to give yourself a boost this morning because you’re still exhausted. Even if you’re functioning throughout the day, it doesn’t mean you’re at your peak. In fact, you might experience a burned-out feeling much quicker with work, home life, or a combination of both. There will always be a night or two where you won’t get enough sleep, but if it’s a regular occurrence, your body will slowly be affected by more than just feeling sleepy.

How Can You Get Enough Sleep?

  • Getting enough sleep is the first step. The recommended amount of sleep is about 8 hours, but it varies from person to person. It could range from 7 to 9 hours with some people going as little as 6 hours. The best way to figure it out is to find some way to log how much you’re sleeping each night and note how you’re feeling throughout the day. If you’re still feeling exhausted with 6 or 7 hours of sleep try aiming for 8 hours.
  • Setting a schedule that you stick to every night helps get your mind and body ready for a more restful sleep. You’ll find that you’re able to fall asleep and wake up much easier if you know you’re sleeping from 11 pm to 7 am or whatever your schedule might be. Keep the schedule during your days off too. If you feel like you need a nap during the day keep it to about 20 to 30 minutes. Power naps like these can give you that burst of energy you need without messing with your schedule too much.
  • Turn off any devices before bed. Whether you’re looking through emails for work or scrolling through social media, you’re not giving your brain time to relax and get ready for sleep. Even watching TV can keep your mind too active for sleep. About half an hour to an hour before you close your eyes, read a book, take a warm bath or shower, write in a journal to renew your mind, or anything else that will help your mind calm down.
  • Limit stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks before bed. Having a cup of coffee or sipping on an energy drink, that’s supposed to wake you up, defeats the purpose of calming your brain. If you have to have a warm drink at the end of the night try a decaf coffee or a caffeine-free tea.
  • Getting the right window treatments for your windows makes a huge difference with how well you sleep throughout the night. The right window treatment keeps out any light that might come in from outside. Some of the best shades Penn Blinds has to offer are the:
    • Honeycomb Shade
    • Pleated Shade
    • Window Shade
    • Privacy Shade
    • Roman Shade and more