When did getting a good night’s sleep become a luxury instead of a necessity? Sixty-five percent of respondents to a 2008 Sleep Foundation Study reported experiencing sleep problems at least a few nights a week in a month’s time; forty-four percent reported that they had problems sleeping every night.

What’s a sleep-deprived person to do to get more sleep? One suggestion is to create an environment that’s conducive to sleep – dark, cool, quiet and comfortable. The window treatments you choose for your bedroom can help create the perfect sleep environment for you.

“There are wonderful window treatments that block light and prevent heat gain, making them excellent choices for the bedroom, said Tracy Christman, Director of Vendor Alliance for Budget Blinds. If drawing the blinds closed doesn’t block light from that pesky streetlamp from disturbing your sleep, there’s still hope.

“The key to complete light blocking is the features you choose,” continued Christman.

Light blocking features can be added to new window coverings purchases to enhance room darkening. Add decorative tapes to horizontal blinds to block light that enters through rout holes, or choose routless louvers for your blinds. Cornice boxes and valences block light that can enter through the small gap at the headrail of the window treatment.

Roman shades and woven wood blinds benefit from the addition of room darkening liners, which present a uniform look to the street. Room darkening cellular shades block light and add insulation between cooled indoor air and the glass.

Sleep experts encourage troubled sleepers to wake at the same time every day. An additional feature that can help you wake at the same time every day is programmable motorization.  Just set the programmable timer to open your window coverings at a specific time in the morning and the light that was blocked all night will help wake you in the morning.