Try blackout shades to help with proper sleep hygiene

Posted April 25, 2022
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Wish it was easier to get a good night’s sleep? Consider blackout shades!

The term ‘sleep hygiene’ refers to your system for getting a good night’s sleep. From your sleeping environment to your daily routines, proper sleep hygiene can promote consistent, uninterrupted sleep. Consider factors like a steady sleep schedule, caffeine consumption, exercise, a pre-bed routine and keeping your bedroom comfortable and free of disruptions in your sleep hygiene plan.

Taking note of your sleep hygiene and taking steps to improve it is one of the best ways to set yourself up for better sleep. After paying attention and making some adjustments, you’ll not only consistently get a better night’s sleep, but you will also wake up well-rested, improving productivity and overall quality of life.

The amount of light you are exposed to each day and night has some of the greatest impact on your sleep quality. Light’s effect on your circadian rhythm and the production of melatonin can make the difference between tossing and turning all night or deep, restful sleep.


Blackout shades can help with proper sleep hygiene. Blocking out the outside world and ensuring complete darkness, blackout shades can play a crucial role in getting a solid night’s sleep. Light-blocking window shades provide great looks along with unique functional benefits. In addition to creating a completely dark environment and preventing the light pollution and stimuli that can affect your ability to get to sleep or stay asleep, they also offer energy-saving advantages. If you are shopping for blackout shades, ask about Hunter Douglas Duette shades, which are offered with a proprietary system that features a side channel design, optimized to absorb or deflect nearly all incoming light.


Blackout blinds and shadings offer a variety of advantages. These high-quality window coverings will not only block out all incoming light, but many will also block sound from outside, ensuring a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Available in a variety of styles, materials and price points, blackout blinds are an investment that is sure to pay dividends night after night.


Taking your sleep hygiene to a whole new level, consider adding a motorization component to your blackout shades or blackout blinds. Smart motors can be programmed to close on their own on a nightly schedule, helping signal to your body that it is time to rest. They can also be programmed to open in the morning. Waking naturally with the sun is the most refreshing way to rise, and you may even be able to do away with unpleasant alarms!

Window treatment companies like Hunter Douglas, Shade-O-Matic, MaxXmar or Altex offer great light-blocking features in their blackout shades and blinds. These uniquely designed features can minimize light gaps, eliminate cord holes or even absorb light and prevent it from entering the room. Natural light can also be blocked by having your window treatments mounted outside the frame window, or by adding side panels or drapery. Many of our window shades are offered with a room-darkening liner, which can either be sewn directly into the fabric, or even operate independently.

If you’re looking to improve your sleep hygiene and improve your quality of life with better sleep, blackout shades, blinds and motorization options are an essential investment. Our team of experienced design professionals at Preston Blinds can help you choose the right blackout window treatments for your home. Our full-service experience will make it easy from beginning to end! Preston Blinds Ottawa offers only the highest-quality blackout blinds and shading available in Ottawa. From a long list of desirable features to a wide selection of heavenly hues, tints & tones; your shades will be supported by long warranties while adding sophistication, elegance and beauty to your home.