Lack of sleep has been labeled a national epidemic in North America. While the average recommended sleep each night is 9 hours, Americans are getting 7 on average. It may not seem like much of a difference, but it’s impacting our general health.
From our cognitive function to diabetes and obesity, we are losing and gaining all the wrong things.
There is a lot of speculation as to why this is happening. Some blame technology and social media. Others say its restlessness caused by a lack of exercise.
But what about people who can’t help it, such as those who work the night shift or have irregular schedules? It’s hard to get good sleep when the sun is up.
Thankfully, there’s a solution for that problem: blackout windows.
How Can Blackout Windows Help You Sleep?
The human body has a natural inclination to sleep when its environment grows dark. As the sun goes down and we turn out the lights, our brain is triggered to produce melatonin.
However, it’s a delicate process. The brain isn’t easily fooled. Even with your eyes closed, it can sense light, and when it does its melatonin production suddenly shuts off.
We try to snooze through it, but our body doesn’t respond as well. Melatonin is key to our rest cycle, and without it, our sleep becomes light or restless. That’s why doctors encourage us to turn off electronics and sleep in total darkness when possible.
Blackout windows help us to achieve that blissful, melatonin-inducing sleep haven by giving you the ability to control the amount of light that streams into a room.
Finally, you can sleep when you want to no matter where the sun may be.
Other Benefits Of Blackout Window Solutions
The great thing about blackout window solutions is that they do more than create the perfect snoozing spot. They also have additional benefits.
By using the right blackout window methods, you can prevent your furniture from fading, save on your energy bill, and even optimize your home privacy without disrupting the perfect window view.
But how? It’s actually pretty simple. You apply window tinting films to your glass.
The level of tint you select in a window film will determine what percentage of UV rays are blocked from passing through your window pane. Depending on which one you choose, you can block up to 99% of these harmful rays!
How UV Rays Harm Your Furniture And Belongings
Just like basking in the sun can lead to tanner skin, it also has an effect on the color of your furniture and other belongings.
When exposed to UV rays, many inanimate objects suffer damages. You lose years of beauty in the things that make your house feel like home due to the harsh nature of UV light. Furniture, photographs, curtains, and paintings fade while wood dries and cracks.
How UV Rays Increase Your Energy Bill
Likewise, UV rays also impact your energy bill. Spikes caused by the warmth brought in by the sun’s light heat up your home, forcing your air conditioning or HVAC system to work harder than it should.
By filtering out UV rays, you can save quite a few bucks a month. In fact, studies have shown that using a tinted window film can reduce your energy bill by up to ten percent!
It’s a benefit that makes the cost of materials and installation worthwhile. Tinted window films help preserve your belongings and reduce your energy bill for an average of 10 to 15 years before they need replacement.
Plus, you don’t have to lose a scenic view to achieve these kinds of results. Window tinting varies in its opaqueness, allowing you to still see through your windows as you please while still serving its UV defense and tinting function.
How To Blackout Windows
So how do you achieve the ultimate sleeping den? By using a combination of window tinting film and blackout blinds or curtains, you can take control over the amount of light that comes through your windows.
The great part about this combination is you don’t have to choose “all or nothing.” By combining window tinting film with blackout curtains, you can adjust the level of light that comes into the room.
Want to turn day into night? Shut your window and close the blinds or curtains. You’ll find the combination achieves an impenetrable darkness that will make sleeping for hours on end easy.
Prefer a little natural lighting? Drawback your curtains or blinds and let a little bit of sunlight in. The amount of light that comes through your window will be determined by the opacity of your window tint.
However, if you’re really looking for some fresh air and bright sunlight, you can always open the window itself.
With these three options, you have full control over your room’s illumination.
Types Of Window Tinting Film
Note that tinting isn’t the only type of window film on the market today. There are multiple types designed for residential and commercial use, including:
- Home Window Tinting
- Commercial Window Film
- Decorative Window Film
- Frosted Window Film
- Safety and Security Window Film
- Anti-Graffiti Window Film
- Privacy Window Film
These options offer a host of different benefits, from protecting your residence from a break-in to transforming your window’s glass into an advertising billboard or decorative canvas.
The pricing on these window films varies depending upon the quantity, design, and material. The best way to estimate the price of a project is to ask pros like ourselves for a quote!
Asking is always free, so don’t hesitate to inquire. However, you may need to do a bit of research first in order to achieve an accurate service quote. A professional can guide you through this.
Get Window Tinting Services
If you’re a resident or commercial business looking for window tinting services, our team at Daystar Window Tinting are here to help. Whether you’re in the market for blackout windows, privacy tinting, or other window films, we can help you achieve the look, style, and function you desire.
Contact us for a quote today!