Yes, you read that headline right – your windows really do affect your life! Here’s how…
The windows in your home are most likely covered with some type of blind, shutter, or curtain. Many reasons exist for covering windows, such as letting natural light in or keeping it out, temperature control, and aesthetics in decorating. But, did you know that your windows and their coverings (or lack thereof) could be playing a big part in how you function in your daily life?
You’ve probably heard that the average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Your bedroom windows could be affecting the length of time you sleep as well as the quality of your sleep. Our bodies rest best in almost total darkness. When the eyes do not sense the presence of light, the pineal gland in your brain produces melatonin, the sleep hormone. If your windows are letting in outside light – even moonlight on a full-moon night, this could interfere with your ability to get a good night’s rest.
If you work the night shift, having blackout blinds to block daylight so you can sleep sounds reasonable, but even for people who sleep when it’s dark, consider just how dark it actually is in your bedroom. Hanging blackout shades or curtains outside the window frame also help prevent any light from peeking in through the cracks. Another added benefit of blackout curtains? They can reduce noise due to their built-in insulation.
Now let’s talk about light. In the morning, open your window coverings first thing when you get up. Letting in the morning sun awakens your brain and helps you get the day off to a good start. If possible, go outside for 10 or 15 minutes and let the sun shine on your face. Or, eat breakfast by an open window on the east side of your house. Sunlight signals your brain to produce serotonin, a hormone that boosts your mood and helps you feel calm and focused. It also gives you the Vitamin D that so many of us are lacking.
When you are well-rested, calm, and happy, you are better able to handle the daily stresses of life – parenting, work, relationships, social situations, etc. Pay attention to your windows to make the most out of every day!