Having trouble sleeping at night? Your bedroom windows may be partly to blame. If you’re considering getting new windows for your bedroom, there are several factors you need to consider.
Lighting and Window Glass Area
Everyone knows exposure to light can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because light can disrupt your body’s production of melatonin (the sleep-regulating hormone). When it’s dark, your body starts to produce more of this hormone to prepare your body for sleep. What’s less well-known is the fact that exposure to sunlight can help you get a good night’s sleep. To be specific, soft, warm light later in the day sends a signal for the body to start getting ready for sleep.
To ensure you get enough exposure to natural sunlight (which also helps your body produce enough Vitamin D, a micronutrient that helps regulate your sleep patterns), we recommend choosing windows with wide glass areas like sliding and bay windows.
Room Temperature and Energy Efficiency
Keep in mind sunlight can be too much of a good thing. If too much heat enters through your windows, the temperature in your bedroom will increase, making it harder for you to sleep. The optimal temperature for taking naps is somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees. To reduce heat gain through windows (and lower cooling costs), you should choose an energy-efficient window.
Can’t sleep because of outside noise? Dual-pane windows can partially reduce sound transmission.
Looking for a window contractor? Here’s a tip: it’s best to hire local contractors. Since they’re familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
Tri-County Contracting offers professional exterior services, including roof repair and window replacement services. To get a free quote, call us at (262) 679-6100, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in New Berlin as well as the surrounding communities.