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At Tidmarsh we know the value of sleep. This Sunday morning, the clocks go back an hour – meaning a much needed extra hour in bed. However, daylight saving can actually be detrimental to a person’s sleep schedule, leaving us feeling tired, grouchy and unrested for the whole day. Fortunately, Tidmarsh are the sleep experts, so here are some tips for ensuring you get a good night’s rest with the upcoming time change.

Routine, Routine, Routine
On Sunday morning, the extra hour in bed can make you want to lay in for much longer. However, getting up the same time that you normally would is a much better idea. You can counteract the extra hour by going to bed an hour earlier. It may take a few days for your body to adjust, but keeping to your sleep schedule is absolutely key to get your body clock on track.

Make your Bedroom a Haven
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. Treat yourself to clean, comfortable bedding to make your bed a place you enjoy spending time in. Now might be the time to put your thicker, “winter” duvet back on – make sure you’re not shivering at night.

No Naps!
It can be tempting to have a quick nap when your body clock is out of sync, but try to avoid napping as much as you can. Though it may provide a small energy boost, napping can be detrimental to the quality of your sleep through the night, with some studies even showing a link between extended naps and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Cut The Tech
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.

No Nighttime Nibbles
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.

Blackout Blinds
The best 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 – regardless of the hour change.

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.

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.