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Light and sleep loss

 

Lutron QS Sheer and Blackout Motorized Shade Video

Lutron QS Sheer and Blackout Motorized Shade

Sleep is directly connected to light and dark. Nature intended for us to wake up with the sun, and go to bed at sundown. When sunlight enters our eyes, it causes our body’s melatonin level to drop and increases wakefulness. Darkness causes our melatonin levels to rise and induces sleep. This delays your brain’s release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Thus, the darker your room is, the more soundly you’ll sleep. Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls sleep and wake cycles. Therefore, a reduction in melatonin at night is associated with subjective levels of sleeplessness. But melatonin suppression has far worse consequences than simply poor sleep outcomes: it has also been shown to increase the risk of cancer, impair immune system function, and possibly lead to cardio metabolic consequences such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and heart disease. With serious consequences like these, preventing melatonin suppression should be a top priority in anyone’s healthy lifestyle.

At Specialty, we feature many types of room darkening window treatments. Call us to set up an appointment to see how we can help you sleep better.

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The Importance of Drapery Maintenance

Window TreatmentsYou have bought your dream home and then spent a fortune on having it furnished and fitted exactly as you wanted it. Now comes the hard part; the maintenance. In order to truly reap the rewards of all your expensive consumer durables, furniture, upholstery and artwork, you need to maintain them and follow the recommended care instructions for each one of them. Continue reading

Be in Complete Control with Automated Window Treatments

SD Automated ControlThese are technologically enlightened and advanced times. There are gadgets for doing almost everything, and for controlling the few things that cannot be done by machines. Such level of automation makes life easy. Most household items come with an automated remote control, including your garage, not to mention your car. People expect every certain aspect of their lives to be controlled by remote and automated tools. Now there are automated window shades that allow you to just install them and forget about drawing your curtains. Continue reading

Fun Craft Tips for Old Window Treatments/Shutters

bigstock-Old-woody-window-isolated-on-w-26478512Coming up with creative and innovative window treatments ideas is a challenging task even for people who love to decorate. There are literally tons of non-traditional and creative tips and options that can make the most of whatever window treatments that you have and impart to your windows a million-dollar look on a surprisingly lean budget. Have you ever seriously given thought to recycling your old items? Perhaps you inherited miles upon miles of lace tablecloth that have seen better days and are no longer as white as they used to be. You can still get more mileage out of these fabrics by converting them to interesting antique window treatments. All you need to achieve this magical transformation is a handy sewing machine and plenty of spare time and you will turn your dull tablecloths into artistic window curtain panels. You are of course free to add any frills you desire so long as they don’t impede the function of the window curtains. Continue reading

5 Easy Steps to Greener Living

environmental conservationIn today’s world of global warming and hundreds of species vanishing every day, anyone with a sense of responsibility will want to contribute towards the ecology and bio-conservation. What it means is to try and maintain the status-quo, and stop further deterioration.

You don’t have to move into an eco-friendly building or change your car right away. There are many little every day things that you can change to more energy-efficient and therefore eco-friendly ways.

Here are some such changes you can adopt

Avoid litter: wherever possible, carry stuff in recyclable boxes and bags; when you are carrying lunch, or when you are going shopping, carry a cloth bag or box so that you can avoid the use of plastic bags. Refuse plastic bags from shops. Carry your lunch in recycled paper bags. Continue reading

Specialty Drapery – Famous styles in Top Treatments

Dining RoomWhen you have a nice seating area with a large set of windows, like a bay window, or bow windows or even a window seat in the bedroom or the children’s room, it gives you a ton of possibilities for decorating and furnishing. The latest trend is to make the window the focal point, with the natural light streaming in. Elaborate and fussy decorating ideas are passé and the latest decorating trend is sweet simplicity with the accent on natural fabrics, recycled wood and green living.

A window seat in the master bedroom or the kids’ room can be ideal to curl up for story time to laze away sunny afternoons or even bask in a little bit of sunshine during winters. If you have a huge bay window or bow window off your morning room or dining area, it can become the place for informal family gatherings, furnished and finished in natural light cotton fabrics that can withstand the wear and tear of usage by children and pets. Continue reading