Style yourself to sleep: men are 2x more likely to have their sleep affected by natural light

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Sleep takes up almost one-third of our lives and is fundamental to our overall health and well-being. Yet, despite its critical importance, a recent survey conducted by 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains reveals only 1 in 5 Brits (22%) believe they understand all the factors that affect how well they rest.*

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The survey of 2,000 respondents, revealed that light is the biggest external cause of sleep disturbance with just over half of Brits (57%) saying that light sources in the bedroom negatively affect their sleep. 

Why does light affect our sleep?

247 Blinds and 247 Curtains teamed up with Dr Tang to get his medical expert opinion:

Dr Tang explains: “Sleep can be heavily influenced by environmental factors. Exposure to light, particularly artificial light and electronic screens, can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, hindering melatonin production.”

However, no two light sources are the same. The survey revealed that men are almost 2x as likely as women to have their sleep affected by natural light. 

Dr Tang explains: “One potential explanation for this difference is hormonal variation. Melatonin, a hormone crucial for regulating sleep-wake cycles, can be influenced by sex hormones. Some research suggests that hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle may impact how women respond to light exposure compared to men.”

However, both men and women are equally likely to have their sleep affected by artificial light. Streetlights were the source most likely to cause a disturbance, negatively affecting the sleep of almost half (49%) of Brits. 

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Product specialist Helen O’Connor at 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains shares her ultimate styling solutions for blocking out light.

Helen said: “If you want a healthier, more rested sleep, getting your window dressings right is so important. Using purpose-made products ensures you can block out almost 100% of outside light sources.

“Whilst blackout blinds and curtains can be used as stand-alone products, I’d always recommend layering both for maximum light reduction (and a super luxe-looking window!). The most important thing when choosing blinds is to prioritise made-to-measure options, ensuring a perfect fit without the risk of any light showing through the gaps.

No-drill blackout blinds are the perfect solution for layering with blackout curtains. Their no-tools-needed installation makes them the ideal no-hassle option! Twist&Fit blackout rollers in particular are the quickest and easiest way to block light in your room.”

Perfect Fit no-drill blackout blinds are ideal for any uPVC windows or patio doors you might have in your bedroom, plus you can choose Honeycomb varieties which are lined with an aluminium coating for thermal insulation, helping to keep the bedroom at the optimal temperature. For bedrooms with windows that aren’t uPVC, StickFit blackout blinds are just what you need. As the name suggests, these energy-saving, light-blocking blinds simply stick onto the glass of your windows, offering a permanent no-drill solution.”

Dr Tang adds his top 3 tips for getting a restful night of sleep.

  1. A consistent schedule: “It’s important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule to regulate your body’s internal clock. Make sure to engage in calming activities before bed, such as reading or taking a warm bath to signal to your body it’s time to wind down.”
  2. Your sleep environment: “Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool and invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing meditation or yoga can help alleviate stress and promote better sleep.”
  3. Reduce blue light exposure: “To improve melatonin production, reduce exposure to blue light screens at least an hour before bedtime.” 

To find out more about the light sources most likely to keep Brits awake and the areas of the UK most likely to be affected, visit our blog.

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