Lack of sleep got you beat? It’s possible that the light in your room at night is what is causing all the tossing, turning, and sleepless nights. This is because darkness helps produce melatonin, the naturally occurring hormone that helps put us to sleep. Even small amounts of light can cause a decrease in melatonin levels, disrupting our ability to get some much needed rest.
So whether you work a swing shift, live near a lot of bright street lights, or have children who take naps during the day, blackout window treatments could be your answer to better sleep.
Want to know more? Here’s everything you need to know blackout window treatments, what your options are, and how they’ll benefit you:
Provide Insulation and Noise Reduction
Another perk of blackout window treatments is their ability to provide additional insulation. This means, no strong sun beams warming up your room in the summer, or chilly window drafts during winter. Using the color white, or white curtain liners will do a better job of deflecting sunlight away from your window. During winter, you can switch curtain liners to black if you want to attract more of the sun’s warmth indoors.
You’ll get the best effect using heavier curtain fabric or thick material like velvet or the wood used in roman shades. If you happen to live near a busy street, or need to sleep during the day, then you’ll appreciate the noise buffering qualities of heavy drapes and other thick window treatments.
They Have Motorized Options
One problem with blackout curtains and other window treatments is that sometimes they work a little too well. The changing light from the sun throughout the day plays a big part in influencing our circadian rhythm, and not having sunlight in the morning can keep us sleeping a lot longer than intended, or make it harder to wake up.
Automation is the perfect complement to blackout window treatments because they can be set on a timer, or controlled with a remote. You can set your curtains or shades to open as much (or as little) as you want, at specific times of day. You also have the benefit of getting to operate them using a remote, so you don’t have to get up to make the adjustments you want.
Motorization doesn’t mean limited styles, we’re able to automate nearly any kind of window treatment, such as drapery, skylight shades, roman shades, curtains, and more.
They Don’t Have to be Black
Contrary to what their name implies, blackout curtains don’t have to be black, and in fact, they don’t even have to be curtains. There are a few kinds of window treatments that will effectively block out lighting, such as opaque roller shades, double lined curtains, or wooden roman shades. No matter what style you choose, you can achieve complete darkness as long as there’s no transparency. This holds true even with white, or other light colors.
At RoseSun, we make it easy for our customers to achieve a completely dark room while matching the interiors of nurseries, bedrooms, or any other room. We do this by offering customizable colors, different fabric options, and varying opacities.
Use Them on Any Size Window
Using blackout window treatments on unconventional window dimensions (such as very small, huge, or arched) can be tricky if your only choice is hanging curtains. However, if you get your window coverings customized, it really opens up your style options.
Our ability to customize window treatments are great for windows where standard blinds or drapes may look awkward, or not fit and function properly.
If you need a blackout option for an odd window size, we can custom make your treatments to fit (and look great) on any window shape, no matter how narrow, long, tall, or wide. This includes motorization as well, which is perfect for out-of-reach windows or skylights that never had a practical shade solution before.
With all the possibilities (and benefits) of blackout window treatments, there’s no reason to go another night of disturbed sleep. If you have any questions on your specific type of window, or any of our light-blocking window options, we’re happy to fill you in on all your products and how our custom options will meet your exact needs.