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How Can New Window Treatments Improve Your Sleep?

To perform and function at our best, most of us need seven to eight hours of quality sleep. And while many of us think we’re getting a full night’s rest, the actual quality of sleep may be poor. That can result in fatigue, grogginess, and lack of energy throughout the day. Over time, sleep debt can even result in serious health problems.

Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe good practices that will help you sleep better throughout the night. It includes tips like limiting the frequency and length of daytime naps, reducing caffeine intake, exercising, and avoiding certain foods before bedtime. But it can also include things like your bedding, room temperature, sound levels, and light exposure.

And while new window treatments won’t make your bed more comfortable, they can make your room more comfortable—and that can result in better sleep. Here’s how it works:

Window treatments protect your privacy

Window treatments protect your privacy

To fall asleep and stay asleep, you need to feel safe and secure in your home. It can be difficult to achieve that state if you’re sleeping in a room with exposed windows or flimsy window treatments that your neighbors or people on the street can easily see through. Installing thick and non-transparent window treatments in your bedroom gives you the peace of mind you need to sleep soundly night after night.

Window treatments block light

Window treatments block light

While some people are more sensitive to light than others, almost any amount of light can disrupt sleep. Without proper window treatments, you may be awakened several times at night by passing vehicles and their headlights, or by things like automatic street lights, emergency vehicle lights, flood lights, and security lights. In addition, you may be awakened by the morning sun, which is great if you’re a natural early riser, but it can set you up for a day of drowsiness and fatigue if you need to sleep in. Blinds and shades that block the sun’s rays help you stay asleep longer and wake up feeling alert and refreshed.

Window treatments block sound

Window treatments block sound

Light isn’t the only outside annoyance that can keep you up at night or wake you up too early in the morning. Cars driving by, trains passing in the distance, and neighbors mowing their lawns are all common sounds for homeowners at night and early in the morning. Having well-insulated windows helps reduce outside noises, but adding thick and heavy window treatments, such as Roman shades and wood shades, helps further muffle annoying sounds that can disrupt your sleep.

Window treatments keep your bedroom a more comfortable temperature

It’s important to keep your bedroom at a steady and cool temperature at night. However, drafts from windows can make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature from the time you go to sleep until you need to wake up. Getting the right window treatments adds an extra layer of insulation in your bedroom, making it easier to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 

Why Choose Shades with a Top Down Bottom Up Option?

If you’re in the market for new window treatments, you have plenty of options to choose from—especially if you narrowed your decision down to shades. Modern shades can be customized to fit virtually any size window, and there are varieties available to fit any budget and home décor style. When it comes to options, some of the most common and popular choices include cordless, light filtering/blocking, blackout liners, cassette valance, and top down bottom up.

Top down bottom up is quickly becoming one of the most popular options among all window treatments. As the name implies, shades that are built with a top down bottom up option can be raised from the bottom and lowered from the top, making them extremely versatile and perfect for a wide range of rooms and lighting conditions.

At Blindster, we recommend top down bottom up shades for many of our customers for many different reasons, including:

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They protect your privacy with still letting sunlight into your home.

Many homeowners want to fill rooms with beautiful unfiltered sunlight, but completely raising their shades can leave them feeling exposed and vulnerable—especially if their windows face a busy street or their homes are built close to other homes in their neighborhoods. Top down bottom up shades make it easy to get the best of both worlds. Keep the bottom portion of the shade pulled all the way down to protect your privacy, and lower the top portion of the shade to let in beautiful natural sunlight.

2

They protect your floors, your furniture, and your skin.

Another concern that many homeowners have is the effect that constant harsh sunlight will have on their floors, their furniture, and even on their health. In addition to reducing or even eliminating your privacy, standard shades that are in a fully raised position also expose everything in the room to the sun’s UV rays. But top down bottom up shades can be adjusted to keep the sun’s rays off your floor, your furnishings, and your skin, eliminating harsh UV rays and harsh glare and filling your home with soft light instead.

3

They feature a variety of operation methods.

Top down bottom up shades don’t limit you to a single operation method. Whether you’re a fan of standard pull cords, continuous cord loops, or cordless operations, you’ll be right at home when you choose shades built with a top down bottom up design. Many people who purchase top down bottom up shades from Blindster choose cordless operation to complete their shades’ hands-off and “built-in” look, but these highly versatile shades work extremely well with standard cords and continuous cord loops as well.

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They add an interesting design element to any room.

An often-overlooked perk of top down bottom up shades is that interesting look they create in rooms—especially when there are several installed in a room with many windows. Because top down bottom up shades can be raised from the bottom and lowered from the top, you’ll have tons of possibilities when it comes to arranging their orientation on your windows. A staggered pattern where no two shades are oriented the same adds a striking look to living rooms, dining rooms, and sunrooms.

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They are an option for many of our most popular shades.

Love the idea of top down bottom up shades but not sure what variety of shades you want? Choosing this option won’t limit you when you’re deciding on window treatments that are perfect for your home. In addition to being available in a huge number of colors and patterns, our entire Premium Roman Shades selection is available with a top down bottom up option. It’s also an available option for many of our cellular shades, with our Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades featuring the option free of charge. If you’re looking for a natural and eco-friendly choice, you can’t go wrong with our bamboo shades, while our pleated shades are perfect to fill your home with beautiful filtered light.