Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

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Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

Sometimes we get questions in our heads that stick with us until we find an answer. Those questions are often driven by irritation. Have you ever woken up to blinding sunlight pouring through the window and wondered if this is actually messing with your sleep in an unhealthy way? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Domir Blinds specializes in all things window-covering and sunlight-managing. Here’s what we can tell you.

Is Waking to Sunlight Bad for Sleep Quality?

There’s no straightforward answer to this specific question. The fact is, if your sleep is being interrupted and you’re being forced awake before you’ve had enough sleep, then yes, the sunlight is bad for your sleep quality. However, the issue here is really the timing of the sunlight rather than waking to it in general.

Is Waking to Sunlight Good for Sleep Quality?

On the other hand, one might experience waking up to sunlight after they’ve had plenty of sleep. Getting sunlight directly in your eyes can be overwhelming. However, that’s more the amount of sunlight rather than the sunlight itself.

The Answer

No matter which question you ask, there are specific elements that are ‘yes’ and certain elements that are ‘no.’ So, now that we know it’s a nuanced subject, what’s the actually useful information?

Circadian Rhythm

Circadian rhythm is really where everything comes together. In order to answer this question of yours, you have to know about this function of the human mind and body.

Circadian Rhythm is the scientific name of what people usually call their internal clock. The fact is, your circadian rhythm is trained into you from a young age. If you get up every day at 6am and go to bed at 9pm as a kid, your body will get used to this. Your brain will associate the rising sun with waking up. The sensory onslaught of sudden light alerts you to the change in time and lets you know the day is beginning.

Likewise, if you’re used to going to bed when the sun goes down, your brain will associate darkness with sleep. As the sun begins to set, you’ll begin to get sleepy.

Circadian Rhythm in Modern Days

Because we don’t typically get up with the dawn and sleep with the dusk like people did just a few hundred years ago, circadian rhythm is a bit trickier these days. You might turn a lamp on at sunset and then turn it off to sleep at midnight. So, what happens when the sun comes shining into your room at 6am? If your home is set up to facilitate it, you’ll usually just sleep through it until you’ve had enough sleep or your alarm goes off at 9am.

However, if you sleep with a lamp on or sit in the dark all day, your circadian rhythm will begin to get messy and unstable. If your brain doesn’t have strong light/dark associations with sleep time, you may find yourself prone to insomnia. Our brains are surprisingly good at connecting things to sleep and wake states. This is why sleep hygiene is so important.

The Solution

So, in the end, waking to sunlight is actually great for sleep quality. That is, so long as it’s not waking you up before you’ve had enough. 

If you find your sleep being cut short too early by the sun, there’s an easy solution: get some blinds. Slatted blinds won’t do the trick. If your window faces east and you go to bed late, get some blackout blinds. That way, the morning sun won’t disrupt you. Don’t mind a little light, but need it to stop shining directly onto your face? Opt for something like a window screen or the Ninet, which allows diffuse light in.

You can even go the extra mile and really work on setting your circadian rhythm, you can also opt for motorized blinds. Even if you go to bed at 2am and wake up at noon, you can get your sleep in the dark with a blackout shade. Then, when noon comes around, your motorized blinds can be set to open up, letting the light in and alerting you to “morning.” All of these blinds options are available right here in Toronto from Domir Blinds. Give us a call if you have questions regarding our blinds or ordering process.

The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

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The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

Being nocturnal isn’t a popular choice, but for many people, it’s a necessary part of working the night shift. Unfortunately, our homes aren’t exactly made to accommodate sleeping during the day. Most people want lots of sunshine coming into their homes. The bigger the windows, the better the house – right? Well, not for all of us. If you need to catch some Z’s during the day, you’ll love to learn more about the best blinds for nocturnal sleepers. Here’s what we’ve got for you at Domir Blinds.

Blackout Roller Shades

The most common way to block out unwanted sunlight is by installing blackout roller shades. These shades are one solid piece of thick fabric. It unrolls from the top by pulling on the bottom. Paired with side channels, blackout roller shades can block out even the midday sun.

You’ve probably seen something similar in use in classrooms. They’re great for large windows and are low fuss. Because they’re one piece, they’re easy to clean and less likely to get damaged like cheap, aluminum slats.

Blinds with Advanced Light Control

If you prefer a little more variety than just all sun or no sun, you might like blinds with advanced light control. Magic Lite is exactly that. These blinds are made with wide, wooden slats that can be adjusted to allow full exposure or to completely block out sunlight. No matter what you need, Magic Lite can give it to you.

Plus, these blinds are extremely attractive and modern. They look good in virtually any interior setting. Their hardiness and sharp lines offer a masculine appearance, which looks great paired with other masculine design elements or complimented with more curved or soft design elements.

Blackout Elegance

Want something a bit more feminine in your interior? Blackout elegance peaks with sheer vertical blinds. These blinds are like high tech curtains that are made for the needs of the modern world. Made with two layers, they offer different levels of light depending on current needs.

The first layer is a sheer, privacy layer. This layer filters sunlight, blocking UV. It also provides privacy by offering one-way views of the outdoors without allowing others to see inside. When you want to close out the light completely, simply pull shut the second layer of fabric. This layer is thick and made to function as blackout curtains. This makes them the best in elegant blinds for nocturnal sleepers. After all, you shouldn’t have to give up on your design sense just because you sleep at odd hours.

Order Domir

If you want the best blackout blinds for nocturnal sleepers, order from Domir blinds. Get blinds in custom colors that fit your interior and quality that won’t leave you disappointed.

Kitchen Blinds That Are Easy to Clean

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Kitchen Blinds That Are Easy to Clean

Blinds are one of those things that no one really thinks about cleaning until they suddenly notice how gross they are. Once you notice, it’s kind of hard to stop noticing. Kitchen blinds are one of the worst offenders. Because kitchen windows are often placed above the sink, the blinds often collect food particles or dried on liquid splashed onto them from doing dishes. So, instead of leaning over your sink to wipe down aluminum slats that end up bent, let’s talk blind replacement. Here are some kitchen blinds that are easy to clean.

Window Shades

Window shades are the kind of shades found in classrooms. They’re made of a thick material that rolls up when opened. They’re not the most elegant blinds, but they do their job well and are easy to clean. Plus, you can get shades in a blackout design that blocks out sunlight completely.

It’s easier to see when something splatters onto window shades than aluminum slats because it’s one flat plane. The benefit of noticing faster is that you can wipe off splatters before they dry.

Even if you don’t notice right away, window shades being one piece of material is a huge benefit to ease of cleaning. When it comes time to clean them, you can simply grab a hot washcloth and scrub them down, using the window as a backboard.

Window Screens

Window screens come with the same benefits as window shades except, instead of blackout capabilities, they screen sunlight. That means, you can get indirect sunlight even with them closed. If you want to up the ante, you can open them up and get full, direct sunlight instead.

Hard Slats That Are Easy to Wipe Down

Shades and screens aren’t for everyone. If you want kitchen blinds that are easy to clean but look more like standard blinds, you’ll love Magic Lite. These blinds are made of slats that are broad and wooden. You get maximum lighting control by adjusting the slats, from blackout to complete exposure.

What makes these different from standard blinds is that, because the slats are broad and wooden, they’re much easier to wipe down. You can put a small amount of pressure on them with your damp cloth without them bending out of shape like aluminum does. Plus, they look better on a daily basis. The broader slats are more refined. Plus, because they don’t have to be curved to prevent bending like aluminum slats do, they’re completely flat, which looks more modern.

Kitchen Blinds Replacement

If you’re ready to invest in kitchen blinds replacement, Domir Blinds is here to help. We have a variety of attractive blinds, each with their own benefits. Check out our other kitchen blinds styles if none of these sound appealing. Sometimes it just takes finding blinds that you’re enthusiastic about to encourage you to give them a wipe down here and there.

Blinds Solutions for Crowded Windows

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Blinds Solutions for Crowded Windows

Most of us love a nicely decorated windowsill. The windowsill is a great place for setting plants that need sun, a vase of flowers that catches the morning light, a stack of books beside our favorite armchair, and more. However, a crowded window can make opening and closing the blinds a huge pain. Domir Blinds is here to help you out with some blinds solutions for crowded windows.

Window Shades and Screens

One of the best blinds solutions for crowded windows is getting a window covering that’s simple. Standard, slatted blinds are hard to open and close with things on the windowsill because the slats get caught on things. Opting for something with no slats can prevent things from catching and make opening and closing your blinds easier.

For simple window coverings, you can’t beat window shades and window screens. Shades and screens are made of flat materials that roll up at the top of the window when opened. You’ve probably seen window shades in one of your school classrooms. They’re less likely to be damaged if handled roughly. Therefore, they’re great for places where children may use them.

Window shades can be ordered in a blackout variety that blocks out the sun entirely. Screens, on the other hand, are made for letting in filtered sunlight. This screening capability keeps direct sun our of your eyes and off your TV while still letting in some daylight.

Side Channels

Window shades and screens can be paired with side channels for maximum light blockage, insulation, and ease of use. Side channels hold shades and screens in place on either side and are attached to the wall surrounding the window.

If you have small things in your window sill that can be easily knocked off by your blinds bumping them, side channels are the answer. Without the ability to swing back and forth, window shades or screens will be completely neutralized and your figurines or perfume bottles can stay where you put them.

Light Control Without Raising

If simpler blinds that won’t catch on things aren’t helpful in your situation, you’ll benefit from light control without raising your blinds. We have 2 great options that allow this: Magic Lite and Ninet.

The Magic Lite has wooden slats that overlap each other. Because of that, you can go from complete sun exposure to complete blackout with a flick of the cord. With this much control, you can leave the blinds down all the time. Simply adjust the slats to change how much light you get.

The Ninet has standard slats, but they’re positioned between two layers of fabric. You won’t get direct sunlight with these. However, you can go from indirect sunlight to complete shade by adjusting the slats inside. When it comes to blinds solutions for crowded windows, you really can’t beat the Ninet. The design is beautiful, cozy, and the slats can be adjusted without getting caught on things like plant leaves.

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