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Window shades and blinds may reduce the occurrence of migraines. A recent study by Missouri State University’s Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences discovered “REM (rapid eye movement) sleep deprivation caused increased expression of the proteins which are known to play an important role in initiating and sustaining chronic pain,” reports The National Sleep Foundation.

The study further reported that lack of sleep creates a biological environment that is conducive to migraines. Getting a good night’s sleep – a minimum of eight hours for adults and often up to ten hours for teenagers and younger children – may help relive symptoms of migraines. Using window shades and blinds can encourage a more restful sleep, as window treatments are known to block the glare of sunlight and insulate against noise and the elements.

Honeycomb or cellular shades provide more insulation against heat, cold and noise than other window treatments. Blackout shades and blinds also help create an atmosphere that fools the body into thinking it is time to sleep no matter what time of day it is. Turning off or removing TVs from bedrooms also helps induce a better night’s sleep.

Sleepiness can cause more than headaches and physical symptoms. “Drowsiness or fatigue has been identified as a principle cause in at least 100,000 police-reported traffic crashes each year, killing more than 1,500 Americans and injuring another 71,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 1994). Young drivers age 25 or under are involved in more than one-half of fall-asleep crashes,” reports the National Sleep Foundation.

Sleep deprivation results in impaired motor skills and coordination, similar to being intoxicated. Many states currently have campaigns advising against the dangers of driving while tired or exhausted. A good night’s sleep has also been shown to help improve mood, attentiveness and better grades for students. For adults, improved performance at work and increased creativity may result from a good night’s sleep.

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of setting up a sleeping area that can provide a place where the body can rest properly. This includes not only being able to control lighting, but having a comfortable bed, and a routine at night that can help the body relax before going to sleep.

There are many consequences the body may face when it doesn’t get the sleep it requires. The pain of migraines can literally be crippling. Poor performance at work or school may have long reaching consequences. If installing window shades and blinds can help create an atmosphere conducive to sleep in order to help prevent migraines, improve creativity, attention spans and just make you feel good, isn’t it worth it?”

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