Who Needs Blackout Shades?

A nourishing deep sleep is mandatory to keep our bodies healthy and our minds clear. All of us need restful sleep as our bodies automatically reset every 24 hours, triggered by our exposure to light and dark. When our bodies get out of synch with our environmental clock, our bodies go haywire. We are meant to follow the boost of melatonin (our sleep hormone), which increases as darkness falls and signals our body to power down for rest. Unfortunately, our exposure to light is being driven more and more by technology and not nature, and for those of us who have to switch the body clock by our personal habits or our work, we are more at risk.

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Blackout Shades

All of us crave uninterrupted sleep. Light, noise and the weather coming in through our windows disturb good sleeping habits, so we all need special window treatments that are designed with the best blackout system.  You might not even know that you are suffering from cloudy thinking, bad headaches and interminable grumpiness when all you yearn for is the right window treatment, custom made for your sleeping room.

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Source: HomFurniture

You are in the right place if you feel you are sleep deprived as Blindsgalore has you covered with a huge assortment of fabrics, liners and an array of choices of room darkening window treatments. If are looking for the most light blockage, my favorite all time solution to a dark room, are our Ultimate Blackout Shades. These shades are your best guarantee for maximum light coverage along with minimum air leakage, designed with side channels that are simply light blockage sidetracks, crafted to create the darkest room. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you still have your bedroom windows covered in aluminum foil or black trash bags! Yeah, that works, but come on, it’s time to do the right thing for something as nourishing as sleep, even more so in these new uncharted ways of living when we are overloaded with stress. If you are an undemanding sleeper, we also have many in between light blocking window treatments to solve any of your sleep time needs, expertly custom designed for your windows.

In these crazy Covid days and nights, we are all probably tossing and turning in our beds, trying to find some peace in sleep. However, I am thinking, now, of three special groups who need to pay special attention and to be mindful of the extra ways to find more restful sleep as the body and brain battle our biological clocks.

Night Owls

Night owls are you who have to work as bartenders, bouncers, nurses and doctors, police officers, security officers, EMT and Fire Safety Workers. You all have night shifts or work through the “wee hours.” Sleeping during the day is shorter, lighter and more fragmented and you arrive at work with less restorative sleep and arrive with a greater sleep deficit.  It is a fact that police officers who work at night are 14 times more likely to get less than 6 hours sleep. Many fire and rescue workers typically work 24-hour shifts and catch a few naps throughout the day. With our new pandemic world order, the medical profession is even more at risk when working overtime with the complexity of a new virus, wearing masks and special equipment and, oftentimes, these medical warriors are afraid to come home for any sleep or rejuvenation. For night owls, sleep time is extra precious and extra fretful since many of you must sleep during the day.

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New Parents

The average newborn baby sleeps 16-17 hours per day but for only 2-4 hours at a time. If your newborn CANNOT sleep through the night, you won’t either. You need to rely on naps during the challenging daylight hour to keep your sanity. A helpful hint is to put your newborn down to sleep at the first signs of sleepiness as your baby can start learning to fall asleep on his or her own. Newborn babies spend more time in active (REM) sleep and transferring a baby from arms to crib can disrupt the transition to deep sleep, making it even more difficult to soothe you and your newborn. Try also to simulate day sleeping with noise and light during the day and dark and quiet at nighttime to help the newborn distinguish between daytime and nighttime. Being a new parent is demanding on all fronts, but aggravated with lack of sleep. You need to listen to your inward cries for sleep, too.

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Source: Home for Keeps

Media Lovers

If you love movies, news or are a gamer, you will definitely be frustrated when trying to do your favorite activities in your family room or den as the glare from outside light is your biggest battle on the screen. Plasma flat screen TV’s are usually favored by sports fans, gamers and film lovers who enjoy the clearer-on-screen motion the delivers no lag or ghosting.  However, plasma televisions are best viewed in low light to complete darkness to appreciate a richer depth of color and the deepest blacks.  Plasma televisions are also more likely to catch the glare than LCD televisions. With such a broad choice of content to stream or binge, a dark, comfortable room is imperative as this never-ending loop of movies, documentaries, news or cliff-hanging series are bombarding us 24/7.

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Source: Crutchfield

All Of Us

I really think all of us can benefit from the perfect window treatment that matches your lifestyle when a soothing room is enveloped to block out glare, reduce noise and even subdue heat or chilly nights. Once you figure out how much darkness you need and the way the light impinges on you, we have a variety of window coverings that can be customized to your needs. Whether you like, cellular shades, skylights, patio doors, roman shades, woven woods, rollers or draperies, the light can be uniquely adjusted.

Don’t let the daylight sprites keep you up or the night-time goblins distract you from a restful sleep. Blindsgalore can promise you the window armor to ward off any bothersome elements.

As Shakespeare remarks in “The Tempest”:

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

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Chelle

Our BG owner and designer, Chelle, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Chelle has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Chelle reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Chelle will make sure you love your windows.

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