At Tidmarsh we know the value of sleep. In the height of Summer, not only can we struggle to get to and stay asleep in these extreme temperatures, but we can also be woken up well before our alarms by the morning sun! This early morning sunshine can interrupt our slumber and leave us feeling tired, grouchy and unrested for the whole day. Fortunately, our window coverings offer a great solution for this.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven and nine hours sleep a night to function properly. Infants need between 12 and 17 hours a day, toddlers between 11 and 14, while teenagers still need up to 10 hours. Are you getting the rest you need?
Lack of Sleep
Along with the grouchiness and tiredness that lack of sleep can cause, poor quality sleep can lead to more serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. If we’re not well rested, we’re more prone to mood swings and stress, as well as suffering from lack of concentration and poor memory, which can have a negative impact on our work or school.
The Benefits of Good Sleep
A good night’s rest will give you more energy, reduced stress levels, and a brighter outlook for the day. When they sleep well, your children will have a sharper memory and more attention to detail, helping them to excel in their schooling. Getting the recommended amount of sleep also makes us more creative, more motivated to learn, and more successful at completing tasks. In terms of health, it’s been proven that people that sleep well are more likely to maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, as well as being less stressed. By sleeping the right amount, and getting good quality sleep, we can achieve more and be happier.
Fortunately, Tidmarsh are well versed in the ways of improving your sleep. The biggest change you could make is to invest in a high-quality blackout blind, or luxurious blackout curtains, to block out all light in your room. Blackout Blinds create a completely dark environment to sleep in, eliminating light pollution, and enhancing our body’s natural clock, providing you with the perfect sleep environment to drift off into a natural slumber and helping your body establish a natural sleeping pattern.
As an added bonus, adding a blackout lining to your blinds or curtains will help to increase their insulation ability. This is perfect in the summer months, as this extra insulation will help keep the room cool and comfortable; while in the winter, will help keep heat locked inside the room overnight. Blackout blinds and curtains also offer sound reduction, helping to eliminate disruptions from outside, and allowing you to sleep deeply, whatever the time of day.
We encourage Blackout Blinds as a great option for anyone who takes on Shift Work or works Night Shifts, and have the need to sleep during the day when it’s brightest and noisiest outside. Blocking out light pollution and sound pollution will let you rest easily. They are also particularly suitable for migraine sufferers, and for babies or toddlers that need to nap during the day.
Tidmarsh offer a range of the highest quality Blackout Blinds, bespoke made to fit your space and needs, and ensuring long lasting, beautiful results. Whether you’re looking for Roller, Roman or Venetian Blinds, or a custom made set of Curtains, we have a huge variety to choose from and will help you find the perfect solution for you. Our Motorised Blinds can also be supplied in Blackout materials for the ultimate in affordable luxury.
Some Tips for Sleeping Well
- Treat yourself to clean, comfortable bedding; make your bed a place you enjoy spending time in.
- Make sure your bedroom is clean and tidy; clutter can be distracting when you’re trying to sleep, and also depress you when you wake up – make your room a haven for slumber.
- If you can, make your bedroom a technology free zone; switch off smartphones, TVs and tablets an hour before bedtime. The blue light produced by these devices affect levels of your sleep-inducing hormone Melatonin, which can have serious effects on your sleep quality.
- Make sure you don’t eat too close to your bedtime; a large meal can sit on your stomach and cause you discomfort when trying to get to sleep. There are foods you can try that contain Tryptophan, which encourages the production of Serotonin and in term promotes good sleep. These foods include turkey, fish and eggs.
- Avoid stimulants before bedtime; alcohol, sugar and especially caffeine should be avoided.
For more information on using Blackout Blinds to get a good night’s sleep, or for your free quote for your window covering needs, please get in touch.