Achieving Better Sleep

Sleep is one of my favorite pastimes but I bet I’m not alone in feeling that getting good quality shut-eye can be a challenge at times. Wondering what this topic has to do with interior design? Keep reading!

One of the lasting effects from the pandemic is the fact that more people are working from home, either full time or at least a few days a week. Knowing firsthand what a big change that is, I’m pleased to offer the following tips to help home workers stay on track: 

Getting a better night’s rest starts with creating a safe haven for yourself in the bedroom. Here are some simple ideas that may help:

  1. Manage natural light with window treatments—You might let the sun shine in during the day but those windows or a slider, if applicable, should be covered at night to promote darkness.
  2. Eliminate clutter—Take a critical look at what’s on your nightstand and remove unnecessary items since an uncluttered space will help unclutter your mind.
  3. Use natural bedding—Consider getting sheets in a breathable fabric like linen that will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  4. Eliminate electronics—Try to stop using screens of any kind an hour before bedtime since their blue light slows the secretion of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep.
  5. Cool the room—Cooler temperatures promote good sleep so experiment with your thermostat to find the setting that works best for you at night.

    Diane’s Take: Window treatments are an essential in getting a good night’s sleep. As an expert in window treatment products, I can assist with choosing blackout or light-filtering shades or drapes that will allow your body’s natural circadian rhythm to thrive.    


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