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Blackout window curtains are essential for anyone who is serious about quality sleep. Darkness is vital for sleep and the absence of light signals that it is time to rest. The production of the sleep hormone, Melatonin increases in our bodies in the evening, and throughout the night – peaking at around 3am. It then drops in the early hours of the morning and remains low throughout the day. As Melatonin increases, your body starts preparing for sleep – your body temperature drops, your muscles start to relax and feelings of drowsiness increase. All this happens when it is dark.
As you can imagine, artificial light –light emitted from any number of screens – your phone, iPad, laptop or television, lights and street lights, traffic lights and lights from vehicles driving past all wreak havoc with our sleep patterns. This is where blackout window curtains can really make a difference. Blackout curtains create near total darkness, blocking ambient light and transforming your bedroom into a haven for relaxing, peaceful sleep. This is especially effective for shift workers who need to sleep during the day and blackout curtains in kids’ rooms are ideal for little ones who struggle to fall asleep at night.
To get the most out of your blackout curtains, make sure that you buy the correct size to cover your window completely and that they are long enough to just skim the floor. This will ensure that you are blocking the maximum amount of light. Make sure that there are no gaps to let in a sliver of light – as even a very limited exposure to light can disrupt your sleep.