Sleeping in a Dark Room: How Important is it?

 

Our bodies must rest and recharge in order to keep operating at full capacity. It doesn’t really matter whether we like this or not, there are many important and necessary processes of regeneration that happen at night and this is what good night’s sleep serves for.

How does our modern lifestyle affect our sleep?

For many people, it is completely irrelevant when they go to bed, when they work and when they turn off the lights. Are you glued to your phone or laptop right until you hit the pillow (and maybe even after)? Or maybe, even with the best intentions, streetlights and city lights flood your bedroom. What we all need to understand is that darkness is a necessity for our beauty sleep.

What are the benefits of sleeping in complete darkness.

Still think beauty sleep is just for your good looks? At night our bodies produce melatonin, which allows us to fall asleep, and stay asleep. We produce this hormone the most between 11pm and 3am, and even the slightest ray of sunlight or artificial light interrupts the secretion of this important hormone. Less melatonin in the blood causes fatigue, bad mood, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, poor concentration and many other problems.

Melatonin supports the immune system and protects us from ailments such as heart attacks triggered by stress, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and many other neurological damages and bacterial and viral infections. When you sleep in complete darkness you can expect your levels of melatonin to increase. Proper and regular secretion of this hormone will even slow down the aging process.

How to create complete darkness

We should accept the fact that we are living in a bright world, which means that we need to take some measures to create darkness. For instance, we can turn off the TV and put down our phones well before bedtime and most importantly wear an eye mask to sleep. High-quality eye masks like can provide complete darkness for you to sleep better, no matter where you sleep.

First, we’ll go over why using artificial lighting too close to bed can damage your health. Melatonin helps us to relax and get ready to sleep, but the blue light from smartphones and tablets actually suppresses this hormone. Melatonin lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature, which help us to prepare for a restful sleep.

With the proper amount of melatonin in your system, your cortisol levels will also remain relatively low, allowing you to relax and get to sleep. However, artificial lighting actually raises your stress hormones at night, and frequent exposure can cause a plethora of health problems, including excess body fat, weight gain, inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart problems. It can also contribute to insomnia and even affect hormones responsible for the regulation of your appetite.

So, by keeping your room dark at night, you not only will get to sleep faster and wake up feeling more rested, but you’ll also have a lesser risk of developing health problems due to excess nighttime light exposure.

A good rule of thumb is to simply turn off electronics a few hours before bed, and dim the lights in your room. Make it a relaxing environment for sleep so that when bedtime comes, you actually feel like falling asleep.

Even dim light at night can causes issues, though. Chronic exposure to dim light in the evening leads to depressive symptoms in hamsters, such as drinking less sugar water that they normally would have interest in. When researchers took away the dim lights at night, they found the depression went away.

If you have night lights on, lights from your computer or phone, or even a street lamp outside, consider covering them with a blanket or getting black-out curtains for your windows.

 

 

 

DrapeStyle can help by making custom drapes or curtains featuring blackout lining. Our high quality blackout lining, made by Hanes, can block out 99% of the light. Let us make custom drapes for you, with your choice of fabric, pleat style, and lining. Using curtains and drapes with blackout effects and help you obtain better sleep. Contact us for more information or to order fabric samples.

 

 

 


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The History of Window Treatments

 

 

 

 

Your window treatments may be decorate or functional. They may compliment your furnishings or they may be the focal point of your room. But have you ever thought about where and why we started using window coverings?

 

 

Initially, people covered windows for only practical purposes, and any decorative function the treatments served was secondary. Thick, heavy draperies kept the warmth in old buildings and served as an insulation to thin windowpanes. Shutters, in the Middle Ages, were placed over small windows to the outside and secured from the inside via a small latch. Steadily, with the advent of better trade relationships and routes, linens, prints, and silks became more readily available from the East and Italy, and draperies and curtains became much more decorative in nature. While we still use draperies and curtains in colder climates to help insulate homes, window dressing has become so much more than materials insulating a window.

As a society that traveled, each new destination we visited brought forth new ideas and styles about how to treat windows. Blinds were an innovation brought from India. Screens for dividing a space and creating privacy in a room were adapted from Japan and balloon shades were an advent of the Venetians. Along with the arrival of more modern amenities and innovations in homes, such as double pane glass and central heating and air-conditioning, the need for heavy curtains has waned and the industry of window coverings has also grown; ushering in modern and more sleek ideas, solutions, and styles.

 

Drapes and Curtains

Curtains can be a wonderful way to enhance your décor, add texture, pattern and color to an environment, all while creating a type of screen between you and the outside world. Curtains can be very simple, a pleated drapery or panel of fabric that hangs straight down from a pole, or they can be elaborate and more complex, with a fuller volume, more fabric or highly decorative fabric, valances or complex hardware and perhaps a swag or tiebacks. Most importantly, curtains tend to become a focal point in the room and can draw attention to the view or décor. The choice of color texture and pattern adds to a room’s intimacy, aesthetic and warmth. They can also be a practical way to filter light, insulate during the winter, create privacy, and reduce noise in busy cities.

Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are one of the most popular and most versatile means of treating windows. They offer the flexibility of filtering daylight, creating screens between the interior and the outdoors, and they even have the ability of blocking light completely while maintaining your view.

Blinds and shades can be lowered or raised as the user desires, which can be primarily accomplished using a spring mechanism or cord system and can also me motorized for ease of use. Aesthetically shades and blinds offer a clean and simple way to dress a window, without competing with the architecture or style of the window. Further, shades are often the best solution  in kitchens and bathrooms and can be a more functional and economical alternative in these areas.

Shades are some of the best alternatives for awkward windows, small windows or doors as they can be made to fit any size window

 

Shutters and Screens

Shutters are one of the most architectural ways to treat any window. They are permanently attached to the outside of the window frame and either swing open or stack on the side of a window.

Shutters can be one of the best ways to insulate a room, reduce outside noise, and provide privacy all while filtering the light.

Today the most popular style of shutter is the plantation shutter, and is a beautiful alternative to other shading systems. Screens can also be a unique and creative way to add privacy to an interior or define a space. They also tend to serve as an additional piece of furniture, and come in a variety of materials and fashions.

Deciding on your Treatment

No matter what the project the most important aspect for ensuring that the chosen window treatment will be perfect in your home is that the treatment has been well made and precisely finished. Chances are you have given a great deal of thought to the furniture and décor in your home and that forethought should also extend to window coverings.

Need a little more help? Let DrapeStyle help you make a little history by designing your dream drapes. We have been in business for over 15 years making draperies and Roman shades from the finest fabrics and trims. Contact us for more information or for samples of our fabrics.


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American Made

Estate Belgian Linen in Ecru with Schumacher Trellis Midnight Edge-Band
Estate Belgian Linen in Ecru with Schumacher Trellis Midnight Edge-Band

What better time than Valentine’s week to celebrate the love we have for our customers! Thank you for providing dozens of jobs right here in Phoenix, Arizona.

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapesroman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.

silk living room drapes that puddle
Silk drapes with puddle

Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!
Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut
We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do. For more information or to order free fabric samples, contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Best of Houzz Award 2018

DrapeStyle is proud to announce that we have been awarded “Best Of Customer Service” by Houzz for the fifth year in a row! Please read more…

January 26, 2018 – www.DrapeStyle.com of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 15+ year-old custom window treatment company, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

 

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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