Does street traffic keep you up at night? Or maybe it is you partner snoring? Sleep deprivation does more than just leave you cranky the next day. High blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are just a few known long term affects, but making a few changes in your home can help and we identified 10 ways to help get the good sleep you need to live the life you want.
||Windows - Double glazing is an excellent way to reduce noise from the outside. Can't upgrade install drapery panels in front of your windows to absorb noise.|
||Landscape - Planting trees is good for the environment and acts as a natural buffer from your noisy neighbors.|
||Fencing - Acts as a buffer and let's be honest there are some things you would rather not see anyway.|
||Carpet - Wall to wall may not be your thing, but laying area rugs over hard surfaces helps muffle noise.|
||Furniture - Placing sofas or bookshelves against the wall absorbs noise from neighbors or kids.|
||Acoustic Wall Panels - Decorative wall panels in felt or other soft absorbing materials dress up any room. Vintage blankets or small area rugs can also be hung on a wall.|
||White Noise - This may seem counter intuitive, but adding a soft, relaxing sound such as a water feature will mask harsher sounds and help you relax.|
||Equipment - When choosing appliances pay attention to the sound rating and look for 40-50 dB. Outside your home equipment can be higher, 70-80 dB, but think about location. Is your HVAC compressor outside a bedroom window?|
||Quiet Zone - Pick a particular area in the home, or determine a particular time of day if spaces are multi-functional to be free of electronics and day dream.|
||Be a Good Neighbor - You may be a night owl, but are your neighbors? Some communities have quiet time rules for loud noise. Be considerate when having a party, running equipment, or doing home improvements.|
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