Blackout blinds and shades have become one of our most popular products. Many people say that blackout blinds help them sleep better.
But how exactly do blackout shades work? And why are they so effective? It’s all down to something called “circadian rhythms”.
What are circadian rhythms?
Your body has a natural, inner “clock”. If it’s working properly, then you’ll feel energetic early in the morning, and sleepy at night.
Another word for your body clock is “circadian rhythms”. Your body has a natural sense of rhythm for when to sleep and wake up.
However, it can also be affected by outside factors – such as light levels, melanin levels, the temperature in your home, and even your physical health. When these factors are out of balance, your body clock gets mixed up, resulting in poor sleep.
How blackout blinds can help you sleep better
If your circadian rhythms aren’t working properly, you can try to get them back to normal by changing some of those outside factors.
Blackout blinds help you to sleep because they make the room darker. They send a clear signal to your body that it’s dark outside and time to sleep. Blackout shades can also help to block out distracting lights and sounds if you live in a busy area.
More ways to improve your sleep
Blackout blinds can be life-changing for some people. Here are a few more ideas to help improve your sleep:
- Turn off electronic screens at least an hour before going to sleep.
- Have a bedtime routine that makes you feel relaxed. Try taking a warm bath, reading a book or doing some gentle stretches.
- Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature, between 60 and 72 degrees. Older people may prefer to be a little warmer.
- Have a regular sleep schedule: sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Aim for 6-9 hours of high quality sleep.