It’s competition time and, as summer is on its way, we’re offering you the chance to win a summertime sleep bundle worth up to £600!
British summer time is officially here and so are longer, lighter evenings; perfect for entertaining but far from ideal for young children, shift workers and light-sensitive sleepers. Not to mention the overheating and excessive sun glare associated with bedrooms that have sunlight flooding in through windows.
We have put together a summertime sleep prize that will provide fabulous sleeping conditions during the summer months. It includes a made-to-measure BlocOut™ Blind from our collection, a Breathe Duvet and two Cool Touch Pillows by The Fine Bedding Company, gorgeous breathable Bamboo Pyjamas from Pretty You London and other sleep goodies! Check out our blog post for top tips on achieving a sleep-enhancing dark bedroom.
It couldn’t be easier to enter! Using the entry form below, simply answer this question: “What can the award winning BlocOut blind help you with?”
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For the winner a great night’s sleep is on its way …. a lovely dark room, a duvet and pillow set that’s been specially designed to suit summer sleep and super comfy sleepwear.
The competition ends at midnight Sunday 12th May 2019 and a winner will be chosen at random to win the prize bundle. Terms & conditions apply – see entry app for details.
Why not take a look at why a BlocOut™ Blind will be the solution to your summertime sleep problems in our new article all about these brilliant blinds.
Pretty You London (www.prettyyoulondon.co.uk)
Pretty You London is a premium night wear brand built on the ethos that women should never have to dress down, even when they’re staying in. Offering a fresh take on everyday essentials, Pretty You London prides itself on delivering the most luxurious nightwear and slippers, all produced with the utmost attention to detail and exquisite finishing.
The Fine Bedding Company (www.finebedding.co.uk)
We all love a great night’s sleep and it’s no secret that the quality of our bedding plays a vital role in helping us wake feeling refreshed and well rested. The Fine Bedding Company is a brand associated with some of the most comfortable and technologically advanced bedding products you can buy, designed to ensure you get the great night’s sleep you deserve.
It’s almost time for the clocks to spring forward – meaning lighter nights and, for some, difficulty falling asleep. The total BlocOut™ Blind available from Apollo Blinds can achieve higher levels of darkness than ever before. It combines a superior quality blackout fabric with a frame (precision engineered side rails and a bottom bar) for the blind to slot into. This ensures the window is fully covered with no gaps for the light to shine through.
So why are blackout blinds a must-have for the home?
THE PROBLEM WITH LIGHT – THE UK IS GETTING LIGHTER AND IT’S BAD FOR OUR HEALTH
Matt Thomas from Apollo Blinds highlights how the UK is getting lighter, how darkness aids sleep and the benefits of BlocOut™ blinds.
“While the longer periods of natural daylight from spring to autumn can prevent people (especially children) from falling or staying asleep, as a nation our issues with ‘light entering a room’ go beyond the natural light of the sun.
Artificial light in the UK is getting brighter and more widespread, as revealed by recent images of the Earth taken from space. In fact, levels of unnatural light have reached their highest ever in the UK, with some experts suggesting light pollution is a problem on the scale of global warming.
And it’s easy to see why this is happening: Safety concerns have led us to illuminate our residential areas with street lights and security lights; there are more cars on the road than ever; and we’re becoming a ’24-hour society’ with many shops, gyms, bars and clubs open until the early hours – some never closing.
The future is bright – but there’s a dark side to our well-lit world. This ‘perpetual daytime’ is having adverse effects on our health as well as well as the natural cycles of animals and plantlife.”
The link between health and sleep is well-documented. Similarly, most people are aware that darkness helps us to fall asleep more quickly as well as improving the quality of sleep.
Studies suggests that sleeping in a very dark room has health benefits beyond getting enough shut eye.
Dr Richard Stevens, a leading breast cancer researcher highlights links between some preventable diseases such as depression, diabetes, obesity, even cancer and the amount of darkness a person is exposed to at night.
He said: “The point to emphasise is that while sleep is deeply important to well-being, so too is exposure at night to dark.” Other research has shown women night-shift workers to be at higher risk of breast cancer.
Darkness produces the sleep hormone melatonin that is responsible for repairing cells, consolidating memories and also keeping tumours in check.
THE SOLUTION – TIPS TO BANISH LIGHT FROM BEDROOMS
Introduce BlocOut™ blinds from Apollo Blinds – While standard blackout blinds can significantly darken a room, light can still sneak in around spaces at the edges and bottom of the blind. Apollo’s BlocOut™ blinds combine a superior quality blackout fabric with a frame (precision engineered side rails and a bottom bar) that the blinds slot into. This ensures the window is fully covered with nowhere for the light to enter.
Ban electronics – Smartphones and tablets emit blue light the worst kind for interrupting circadian rhythms. Give yourself an hour of tech-free time before bed and forbid them from the bedroom.
Invest in a red light – The eyes are less sensitive to red light so fit one to a bedside lamp to limit the effects of light if getting out of bed in the night.
More about BlocOut™ Blinds
BlocOut™ blinds are cordless and child-safe. A highly innovative roller blind system, which combines an aluminium cassette/frame with precision engineered side-rails and top-quality blackout roller blind fabric will provide homes with an unmatched level of darkness.
Independently thermally tested by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) BlocOut™ blinds are also proven to save up to 43% on average heating costs by reducing heat loss through the window.
Available in a wide range of fabric colours and designs with a choice of three frame colours.
Prices start from £95 for a 400mm wide x 300mm drop blind
“This year colour in the home is both surprising and uplifting. The experts at Dulux heralded a shift towards ‘positivity, purpose and transformation’ when they announced the inviting tone of Spiced Honey as their colour of the year for 2019. Shortly after, Pantone followed suit, with a cheerful coral hero shade that’s set to bring warmth and happiness to homeowners.
“These confident statements from key trend forecasters mark a shift towards optimism within home décor. And it’s translating as bold and unusual use of colour (think dark hues with energetic pops of colour) and rich, warming colourways – warmth will be present even at the colder end of the colour spectrum.”
Here are Mike’s colour predictions for 2019:
Dark vs Bright
“This colour combination is a tale of extremes – opposites will attract as vivid brights combine with dark, moody hues.
“Colours within this theme are intense and contrasting yet the overall look is harmonious,” says Mike. “Petrol blue, aubergine, black and deepest grey with a hint of warmth form dark monochromatic backgrounds, enlivened by pops of vibrant colour. Exotic jewel tones, spiced yellows and luxuriant metallics work particularly well.”
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The Government’s energy price cap is set to rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April this year (Ofgem) 1, leaving many consumers facing additional costs to heat their homes. Money-saving advisers such as Martin Lewis have been urging homeowners to shop around for the best energy deals and not assume the recently-introduced price caps will automatically mean their tariff is the best one for their household usage. Furthermore, customers may be unaware that the energy price caps do not apply to those on a fixed-term tariff.2
Duette® energy saving blinds are a great option for homeowners updating window dressings as they are proven to retain up to 46 per cent more heat in a room, thanks to their unique honeycomb design. By reducing the amount of heat escaping from windows, the place where homes lose most heat, they can also reduce heating bills by up to 25 per cent.
“Alongside switching supplier or tariff, there are some clever and simple ways to keep homes warmer without increasing energy bills,” says Apollo’s Matt Thomas.“New energy caps limit the price a supplier can charge per kilowatt-hour (kWH) of electricity and gas, but they don’t cap the customer’s total bill which will vary depending on how much energy they use. With this in mind and with the cap due to rise, it’s doubly important for homeowners to consider other ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money.”
Move the furniture around. If furniture is pushed up against the radiator then that can block off the heat. Move sofas and other items around to allow warmth to circulate around the room.
Savvy Swaps. Upgrade window blinds – with Duette® energy saving blinds; rather than using a household radiator to heat up the bedroom, a heated blanket could be the answer to winter bills issues; The Energy Saving Trust also suggests that swapping a halogen bulb for an LED could cut costs by £80! Save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.
Don’t heat unused space. If there is a room in your house that isn’t used regularly then turn down the radiator in that particular room. Don’t turn it off completely as that can lead to problems with damp.
Unplug any unused electrical appliances, such as games consoles, speakers, DVD players etc. This will save £20-£30 a year. Households with more appliances could reach annual savings between £50 and £80. A wall timer that automatically turns appliances off can save the need for constantly unplugging and plugging in appliances.
Get used to a cooler house! Instead of turning the heating down, try not turning it up as much, acclimatising the body to a slight lower indoor temperature. According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing heating by just one degree, could cut 10% off the annual heating bill – about £75 a year! Be careful not to go too low which could be unhealthy, the World Health Organisation states that 18 degrees is a suitable temperature for healthy people who are appropriately dressed.
Be smarter about using appliances. Running one full load in the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer, uses less energy than two half loads. When making a cup of tea, only boil the amount of water needed in the kettle. It costs on average 2.5p to boil a full 1.5 pint kettle. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can be a third cheaper, meaning savings of up to £52 a year.
Available in a kaleidoscope of colours and fabric options Duette® Blinds will fit seamlessly into existing decor. They can be fitted to any window (including sash windows or bay windows) providing a non-permanent, energy-saving solution. Opting for no visible cords and motorised blinds make the investment in this energy saving solution even more appealing.