Notice how well you sleep in hotels with crazy blackout curtains? There’s a reason for that.
Why We Sleep in The Dark
Darkness is key to keeping our bodies on the right wake/sleep schedule and our bedrooms are anything but dark. We’ve got phones shining in our faces and blinds that don’t do anything to block the bright streetlight outside.
Darkness signals a melatonin release – the brain chemical that makes us sleepy. All of this light at night can throw off the whole system and lead to sleep loss and chronic health problems. It’s important to gradually reduce the amount of light around you as you approach bedtime and to keep it dark when you’re sleeping.
A Remodelista article about sleep and light says:
Scientists at Tulane University studied melatonin production and found that sleeping in rooms with even dim lights caused melatonin levels to drop, affecting not only the ability to fall asleep but also to stay asleep. “In total darkness,” they note, “even if you can’t sleep, your melatonin levels will increase normally.”
If you’re having trouble sleeping, darkness can really help! Do we have you convinced yet?
Bring Complete Darkness to Your Bedroom
Blackout shades block tons of light, but they’ll always have small light gaps that allow the shades to raise and lower without scraping your window. This is fine for most people, but if you’re a night shift worker who sleeps in the day – that little bit of light can stand between you and the sleep you need.
One way to beat this problem is to layer drapes on top of shades, but this can be pricey and bulky on your window. Plus you’re still not guaranteed to block all light. We have a more cost effective solution that’ll block 100% of light and give you the hotel-quality sleep you’re looking for.
The Ultimate Blackout Cellular Shade is an insulating cellular shade with vinyl side channels that allow the shade to move up and down smoothly, but block any light leakage from the sides of the shade. They give you stumble-in-the-dark blackout, even in the middle of the day.
What are energy saving side tracks for cellular shades?
Complete Window Sill Seal
Some cellular shades can spring up and let light in at the window sill. Ultimate Blackout Cellular Shades come with a magnet on the window sill to hold the shade down. They also have a fuzzy strip along the top and bottom of the shade to keep out light and air leaks.
Sound Sleep and Energy Star Rated Insulation
These side channels have another amazing benefit – insulation. Typical cellular shades trap air in the fabric cells which drastically slows temperature exchange from windows. However, the ends of the cells are open.
With the ultimate blackout shade, the side channels create a “seal” on the end of the cells and offer an even greater level of insulation.
When installed over double pane windows, these shades can have an R Value of 7 or greater and they’re the only Energy Star rated shades on the market.
Where Do You Need Ultimate Blackout?
Blackout shades aren’t just great for the bedroom. They’re also a good fit for nurseries to keep little ones sleeping soundly, and for media rooms if you want the full theater experience.
Installing Ultimate Blackout Cellular Shades
Installing these shades is easier than you might think – no professional installers required! See how it’s done with help from our designer Josh.
What Our Customers Think About Ultimate Blackout Shades
“If you need darkness, you found it.” – Nathaniel
“It blocks the light so much that we now have trouble waking up in the morning! ” – Jeff and Lori
“These blinds turned my bedroom into a pitch black box.” – James
“My wife and I are both RNs and have worked many night shifts during our careers. Having a really dark place to sleep is more than just a wonderful luxury, it’s a necessity. For decades, we have covered our windows with aluminum foil. These blinds work as better than the foil and we can now enjoy the natural light and view of the woods outside our window every day.” – Jeremy
“For defense against the dreaded streetlight, this was complete blockage.” – Tom