You likely know how important it is to get a good night's sleep to protect your overall health. However, you may not realize how important it is to sleep in a dark room in order to reap all of the health benefits deep sleep has to offer. Of course, if you only sleep when it is pitch black outside, then you don't have to worry about fitting your bedroom with window treatments that block out all outside light.
However, if you like to nap during the day, are a shift worker, or have lights outside of your bedroom window, then you may not realize that getting deeper and more restful sleep can be as easy as having your bedroom fitted with the right light-blocking window treatments.
Read on to learn how even just a little light in your bedroom can diminish your sleep quality, and then learn more about your light-blocking window treatment options.
Sleeping in a Dark Room Improves Sleep Quality
When your eyes are exposed to complete darkness, it triggers your body's pineal gland to produce a hormone called melatonin. This hormone promotes deep sleep. When your eyes are exposed to even a little bit of light, melatonin production in your body decreases, which makes your sleep less restorative.
Melatonin promotes deep sleep, and it also has many other health benefits. It is now believed to be a potent natural antioxidant that can help prevent DNA damage in your body, which can contribute to many health problems, including cancer.
Light-Blocking Window Treatments for Bedrooms
The good news is that you don't have to sacrifice style for substance when choosing bedroom window treatments that block out outside light. While there are numerous window treatments that block outside light very thoroughly, just a few great options include:
You may know that plantation shutters are stylish, but you may not realize that they have the ability to block out the natural light when shut. Plantation shutters must be fitted to your windows perfectly to ensure that there are no gaps between the shutter perimeters and the perimeter of your window.
That said, when you want plenty of light in your bedroom, you can simply open the plantation shutter louvers and enjoy the sunshine.
Roller shades, often called roller blinds, are another great window treatment option for blocking outside light in the bedroom. However, you must choose your roller shades carefully because they come in many styles, and some varieties do not block light as effectively as others.
For maximum light blocking, choose shades with a vinyl backing and a blackout fabric. Also look for shades that are equal in width to the rolling mechanism on top. This will prevent gaps between the sides of the blinds and your window frames — where light can enter.
Cellular shades, also called honeycomb blinds, offer many bedroom benefits, including complete light blocking when desired. These shades are made up of several layers of cells. When you choose shades that are made of an opaque fabric, you can look forward to complete light blocking when the shades are closed. Sidetracks hug your window frames tightly, which eliminates gaps between the shades and your window frames.
However, the benefits of cellular shades don't end there — the shade cells hold pockets of air that help insulate your bedroom from the summer heat and winter cold. In addition, the side tracks that hug your window frames keep cold air from entering your bedroom in the winter and hot air from entering your bedroom in the summer. This can potentially reduce home heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
Reach out to the window treatment professionals at Phoenix Window Fashions to discuss all of your light-blocking window treatment options.