People who lead busy lives rarely get the recommended full nine hours of sleep, which may be affecting their health. With the days getting longer in the summer season, falling asleep can be more difficult. In this blog, replacement window and patio doors, company Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis, discusses the window treatments that can help you sleep better.
The Ideal Environment for Sleeping
The ideal environment for achieving healthy amounts of sleep has three qualities: it has to be quiet, it has to be cool, and it has to be dark. You will notice that windows play a large part in all three. Today’s energy-efficient windows, like the ones we offer at Renewal by Andersen, can help keep the home cool, thanks to their spectrally selective coatings, which help block solar heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays. They help maintain consistent indoor temperatures, perfect for the sleeping environment that you want to achieve. Consistent indoor temperatures also require less output from the air conditioning system, which leads to energy savings.
Insulated windows also help block out sound from the curb. The combination of the insulative qualities of the windows and a good seal between the sash and frame helps create a quiet environment for sleeping. It doesn’t have to be perfectly soundproof, but just enough so that loud sounds from the outside sound muffled indoors. Hinged window styles, such as casement windows and, by extension, French doors, create a better sash-to-frame seal.
Windows are meant to let natural light in, so to fulfill the third requirement – darkness in the bedroom – you need window treatments. This is especially important if you work the night shift and only have daylight hours to catch up on sleep. The go-to solutions are thick draperies and blackout curtains. These are thick opaque fabrics that block the windows out when needed.
If you want something more compact, you can choose roller, cellular or roman shades. Certain options are specifically designed to block out natural light. Choose shades that are several inches wider than the windows to further block light. The combination of energy-efficient windows and window treatments are key to creating the perfect environment for healthy sleep.
Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis is your leading provider of energy efficient replacement windows and sliding patio doors. Give us a call at (314) 332-2364, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in St Louis, MO, and the surrounding areas.