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Sleeping in total darknenss... anyone try a bed tent?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

My room has a couple huge windows, which look out over a beautiful park). I'm sort of hesitant to cover them with cardboard. But there also a row of small windows really high up on the wall - outside of which is street light. I'm not sure I could cover these even if I wanted to. So, the room is pretty well lit at night.

So, I was trying to figure out creative ways to sleep in total darkness. It occurred to me that I might be able to rig some sort of covering for my bed. I could buy a think black blanket and tack it head board, and then drape it over the bed, creating a sort of tent covering for the bed. I imagine it might get a little stuffy... but if it blocked out the light, it might be worth it.

Has anyone else tried to tent their bed like this to sleep in darkness? Any thoughts or tips?

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on October 13, 2011
at 05:11 PM

during the caveman's time, natural NIGHT light came from the moon and stars; so there was still a little light, just not artificial street light outside ur window. so i wouldn't be too focused on whether ur skin is photosensitive; after all, wouldn't obssessing about it make u hard to fall asleep? i put a black sock over my eyes and THEN put on velcro leather eye mask. this combo (sock, velcro, leather) works much better for blocking out lights and having everything stay on most nights. but takes a few nights to get used to :) where to get velcro leather eyemask? use ur imagination ;)

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on October 11, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Sell the bed and get a coffin.

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:52 PM

In the winter I've done eyemask and knit cap to hold it on, and then an unfolded turtleneck to come up over my mouth, and knit gloves so just an itty bitty amount of skin is exposed to the light once I'm tucked under the blankets.

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on October 11, 2011
at 06:19 PM

In my opinion, heat is more destructive to sleep than light. I imagine your bed tent will get a bit too hot.

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I've never had a problem with an eyemask, I started with just a tshirt over the top of my head and eventually bought the mask with no problems. @EF do you have dream dance parties?! :) Re: total darkness there are a number of threads that address that issue as it's all over the place, these are just the first two I came upon: http://paleohacks.com/questions/27239/sleeping-in-total-darkness#axzz1aUZbYZqR http://paleohacks.com/questions/57342/sleeping-in-perfect-darkness-how-do-you-do-it#axzz1aUZbYZqR I think rising to natural light is best, but that's just me.

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I've tried the eye mask, but it tends to fall off in the night. Also, I'm pretty sure I heard that all of your skin is photosensitive, not just your eyes, which is why total darkness is important. Is that not correct?

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I go the eyemask route too.

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I agree with Kelly, start with an eyemask. So many varieties available I'm sure you'll find one. If that doesn't do the trick then the curtains - then you'll still be able to enjoy the view during your awake hours :)

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on October 11, 2011
at 07:31 PM

Get/build a canopy bed? You can make them out of PVC pipe (google for instructions) if you want quick, cheap, and easy, and it would provide more airspace and structure than a tent attached to the headboards. You could either have open spaces in areas less exposed to light, or use a lighter, more breathable fabric for those areas.

(I don't buy that total darkness is really necessary for sleep - the moon and stars provide quite a bit of light.)

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Well you sound very creative, but I'd be afraid it would fall down on me at night when moving around, or maybe too much CO2 build up in there.

Have you tried something simple, like a eye mask? Start there!

Maybe investing in some blackout blinds would be a good idea if the mask doesnt work. You can have simple plastic ones to keep the costs down and they roll up so you can enjoy the view, which I imagine you are paying good rent for!!

I feel your pain, if I even detect any light sources I'm wide awake. (black outs work for me)

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on October 11, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I go the eyemask route too.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 11, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I agree with Kelly, start with an eyemask. So many varieties available I'm sure you'll find one. If that doesn't do the trick then the curtains - then you'll still be able to enjoy the view during your awake hours :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 11, 2011
at 08:52 PM

In the winter I've done eyemask and knit cap to hold it on, and then an unfolded turtleneck to come up over my mouth, and knit gloves so just an itty bitty amount of skin is exposed to the light once I'm tucked under the blankets.

6da7ce6a4a250c46a6e78b5b4e22da83

(987)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I've tried the eye mask, but it tends to fall off in the night. Also, I'm pretty sure I heard that all of your skin is photosensitive, not just your eyes, which is why total darkness is important. Is that not correct?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 11, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I've never had a problem with an eyemask, I started with just a tshirt over the top of my head and eventually bought the mask with no problems. @EF do you have dream dance parties?! :) Re: total darkness there are a number of threads that address that issue as it's all over the place, these are just the first two I came upon: http://paleohacks.com/questions/27239/sleeping-in-total-darkness#axzz1aUZbYZqR http://paleohacks.com/questions/57342/sleeping-in-perfect-darkness-how-do-you-do-it#axzz1aUZbYZqR I think rising to natural light is best, but that's just me.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:11 PM

during the caveman's time, natural NIGHT light came from the moon and stars; so there was still a little light, just not artificial street light outside ur window. so i wouldn't be too focused on whether ur skin is photosensitive; after all, wouldn't obssessing about it make u hard to fall asleep? i put a black sock over my eyes and THEN put on velcro leather eye mask. this combo (sock, velcro, leather) works much better for blocking out lights and having everything stay on most nights. but takes a few nights to get used to :) where to get velcro leather eyemask? use ur imagination ;)

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I've done variations on the diy canopy bed. Pvc worked, I draped it with layers of chiffon so I could control the light getting in depending on the mood. In college I just used a million pushpins and attached sheets to the ceiling around my bed. The set up I'm most proud of though involved some cheap Ikea curtain rods attached to the ceiling, with clip rings and sheets for the curtain part (if you have a high ceiling you could either build a base with more curtain rods or use chains to get all the way to the ceiling). The best thing about using sheets is they are the right dimensions for the bed.

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