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How to Stop Ambient Light from Ruining Your Rest


Sleep easier with automatic, motorized shades from Screen Innovations

The white light from outdoor security lamps blazes across your bedroom. You can make out the shapes of every piece of furniture in the room. Somehow, the Zionsville night seems to be conspiring to keep you awake. No matter what you do, your brain won’t stop racing -- and you certainly won’t get any sleep tonight.

We've all been there. Even though it's the middle of the night, we can't relax our minds. There are plenty of reasons you might not be able to sleep, but among the most common are ambient and artificial light. According to Sleep.org, “Artificial light disrupts the body's circadian rhythm—the body’s 24-hour sleep/wake cycle... [It’s] associated with sleep disorders like insomnia” that can ruin a good night’s rest.

Of course, dealing with ambient light from your windows is easy with automatic, motorized shades from Screen Innovations. Integrated shades block the light that seeps in from the corner of your windows so that you can enjoy a more restful night's sleep. 

Ready to find out how smart window treatments help you rest so that you can do more during the day? Keep reading for more.    


Why Light Keeps You Awake

Here's some breaking news: people don't like to sleep in brightly lit rooms. Chances are, you already know this simple fact. But it's not just generational wisdom; there's some pretty sophisticated science to back it up.

According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine, a part of your brain called the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) acts as a “central master-clock” for your entire body, and they’re affected by the amount of light around you at any given time. The study says:

“SCN neurons adjust their circadian phase (of neural activity) according to the input of ambient light levels and its spectral composition and communicate this information via humoral and autonomic nervous system signals to the rest of the body.”

In other words: too much light makes it difficult to sleep

Solving Ambient Light Issues with Motorized Shades

There are two major types of ambient light in your bedroom. The first is artificial light from electronics. The second is the light that creeps in through the window.

To solve the first problem, store electronics on a rack in an unused closet or the basement. And for the devices you need in the room, it's easy to hide your technology.

The second problem, light from windows, is even easier to resolve. Screen Innovations’ Nano window shading solutions are an automatic, rechargeable, and discreet way to block excess light from disrupting your circadian rhythms.

Nano delivers three distinct motor types -- battery-powered, AC power, and exclusive, patent-pending magnetic rechargeable -- to fit within any lifestyle. And Nano is also Zigbee-compatible so that you can enjoy robust, reliable mesh network connections.

The 2.5-inch rollers sit discreetly within window frames. The hidden Nano Box and exposed Nano Roll come in various colors and pair with a wide selection of fabric styles. Don't just defeat ambient light -- make your home more beautiful while you do it!

Crestron Compatible

Screen Innovations' Nano is a perfect shading solution on its own, and it works even better when you integrate with a smart home system from Crestron.

Known for its industry-leading custom electronics technology, Crestron builds most of its products in-house. But you can experience total Crestron control, including hands-free shading and lighting adjustments, with Nano products.

And Crestron does more than raise and lower the shades. It's a total smart home solution! You can control the shades, lights, AV, security, and comfort systems in your home with one intuitive interface. Or set up timers to prompt automatic changes when you need them most. No matter your lifestyle, Crestron makes it easier.

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