Written by Caroline Rodrigues

How to get a good night’s sleep

Got a busy life? A good night’s sleep is vital for staying on top of work and family pressures. But just how much sleep do you need, and what are the best ways to make sure every night is a restful one? Make My Blinds has come up with a sleep calculator designed to get you back on track. By following the personalised advice and by setting up your room to be snooze-friendly with blackout blinds, you’ll be nodding off before you know it.

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First of all, it’s important to understand how sleep works. During sleep we go through various levels of light, deep and REM sleep, when dreaming occurs. Experts recommend four to six sleep cycles for adults. Some of us can get away with six hours while others are grumpy with anything less than nine. To pinpoint your personal sleep patterns, just pop your details into the Make My Blinds sleep calculator and discover how you can adjust your habits for a better night’s sleep.

How to get a good night's sleep: create a restful environment and use blackout blinds to block out light

Wind down and relax

Yes, we’ve all been there, scrolling into the night, but the light from your phone can keep you awake and prevent you falling asleep on time. By using the sleep calculator for guidance and turning off tech an hour before bedtime, and perhaps reading a book instead, you’ll be more in sync with the rhythms of your body and mind. That goes for the TV too, and electronics and video games, which are hard to put down. You may find that you’re going to bed late and getting a poor night sleep if you play video games too often.

How to get a good night's sleep: use blackout blinds to block out light

Avoid any stimulants

It isn’t easy to change your habits, but it’s worth it. Too much caffeine could be disturbing your sleep. Avoid tea, coffee, or energy drinks in the late afternoon as caffeine is a stimulant that will keep you awake. Nicotine, whether smoked, vaped or chewed is also a stimulant so it makes sense to cut down or stop altogether. Although alcohol can help you to fall asleep faster, but it also reduces the quality of your sleep.

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Create a calming space

To turn the bedroom into the ideal dreamscape you’ll need to control the amount of light. Light is one of the core signals for your body in setting your circadian rhythm which controls when we sleep and wake. Along with using the sleep calculator, Make My Blinds blackout blinds are a great way of keeping your room dark until you wake up naturally. As well as blocking out light, they can also help with heat regulation and noise reduction. For a chic, minimalist look, choose blackout roller blinds. Or for an eye-catching look, use blackout vertical blinds. These block the light when fully closed, but during the day their slats can be angled to allow just the right amount of light through. To get a softer, more dressy effect, blackout roman blinds are the answer, falling in soft pleats.

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Find out more

Visit Make my Blinds to explore the full range of blackout and other blinds for windows, glazed doors and skylights, all made to your measurements for a precise fit.


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