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Do Blackout Shades Really Help You Sleep Better?

For some people, even the slightest glimmer of light can affect sleep.


How much sleep do you get on an average night?

Blackout Shades and Sleep

It’s widely known that adults need between 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, although this number will naturally fluctuate from person to person. But, many working adults get much less sleep than what is recommended, which can affect their day-to-day lives in tangible ways. Have you noticed a decline in your energy? Do you feel sluggish at work? Is your lack of sleep starting to affect your mood? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone, and the problem could be your sleep habits or lack thereof.

Though most of the time getting less than 8 hours of sleep is more of a voluntary action, for some people, it can’t be helped. If you’re not getting the best night sleep you could, there are many tactics you can implement into your nightly routine that can help you get to sleep more easily. One of those tactics is investing in products that will create a darker, more relaxing space that is conducive to a good night’s sleep, like a set of blackout shades.

Will Blackout Shades Really Help You Sleep Better?

The short answer to this question is a resounding yes. Often, the reason why people have trouble sleeping is that their bedroom windows let in too much light. A completely darkened room helps to create a dream environment that will lead to a more restful sleep. In the article “Sleep Oasis,” author Jennifer Barrett writes “Overhauling the bedroom starts with an acknowledgment that your body needs to sleep in near-total darkness for optimum health. Darkness prompts the pineal gland to produce melatonin, a hormone that increases both sleepiness as well as length and quality of sleep.”

For some people, even the slightest amount of light exposure can affect their sleep. To mitigate excessive light exposure in a bedroom, we recommend getting blackout shades for all of your bedroom windows. Blackout shades are designed to block out over 90% of the light that would otherwise illuminate your room. Along with light reduction, blackout shades can also reduce noise pollution and regulate the temperature in your room because of their built-in insulation.

For those who feel their sleep schedule could benefit from a change in window treatments, Next Day Blinds recommends Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades. These shades block out most light, making them the perfect choice for bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms. We do recommend outside mounts for these shades to help eliminate the chance of unwanted light. Don’t let your sleep suffer any longer than it has to – check out our blackout shade collection today!


Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.