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Dark Blinds to blockout all light. Has it worked for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Hi Guys,

Just wondering if anyone has implemented dark blinds to blockout all light in their bedroom. And if so, have you noticed any improvements in anything be it energy, sleep, waking up, etc?

Cheers!

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on February 01, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I use a scull cap pulled over my eyes. The combination of a warm scull and shaded eyes has done wonders. I see no need to darken my room to the point where I must turn on sleep preventing blue light if I need to get up in the night.

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Me too. Bought a crappy one at the drugstore. Then found one for the same price at Brookstone. Cadillac of eye masks. For $10!

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A993550f2a130df8d3462c08582f08ec

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I actually found the opposite to be true. I was sleeping decently, but not great, so I asked for blackout curtains for christmas. I got them installed and proceeded to spend the next two weeks sleeping very poorly. I would wake up a lot and just feel more lethargic when I did get up. I ended up taking them down, and I felt like my sleep improved. It seems to me that I sleep better when I go to bed earlier and wake up with the sunlight.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:25 AM

I covered our 8 (!!) bedroom windows with blackout curtains, and even though it didn't make the room 100% dark (still a bit of leakage around the edges), it made it substantially darker. Biggest difference has been in my morning sleep. I find I don't wake up a bunch between 6-9am like before, but sleep pretty soundly in the mornings.

I haven't noticed that it changed my speed of falling asleep (which is pretty good anyway) or anything else, but I do feel more refreshed in the mornings.

Bought them from this seller on ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/Blackout-Drapery-Outlet Super cheap and they work fine but you do get what you pay for... they're closer to a shower curtain than fabric. But it was the only way to cover all these windows in a retractable format for under $100.

I also recently got a sleep mask for travel -- it helps when staying as a guest or somewhere without dark curtains. I don't prefer it because even the nicest mask is still an irritation, and personally it just bugs me to have to move something off my face to see if hubby is still sleeping, what time it is, etc.

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:23 AM

I sleep much better in a blacked out room,

although I did not go the blind root, I went the aluminum foil root... (i'm on a budget, need to save money for meat)

My sleep improved greatly, I fall asleep quicker, get a much better rest and wake up feeling great. I also found it helped increase my length of sleep and before I was waking up once or twice thoughout the night.

Now i'm pretty much sleeping staight 7-10 hours.

I will never go back to sleeping in a room that is not 100% dark again.

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B485f0cf678c0b420941e883adfea28d

on January 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I've done the blinds but actually my latest purchase has made the biggest impact on my sleep: a sleep mask. Not sure why but I'm definitely sleeping MUCH better after using this.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 21, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Me too. Bought a crappy one at the drugstore. Then found one for the same price at Brookstone. Cadillac of eye masks. For $10!

B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

(566)

on February 01, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I use a scull cap pulled over my eyes. The combination of a warm scull and shaded eyes has done wonders. I see no need to darken my room to the point where I must turn on sleep preventing blue light if I need to get up in the night.

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on February 01, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Easiest way to do it is to buy tension rods and put them on the inside of the window, before the curtains/blinds or whatever you already have. I doubled up on mine and it makes it pitch black until right before I want to wake up. It's kind of funny to be groping around at night trying to find the bathroom.

But yeah, it makes a huge difference. Couple that with ear plugs and you eliminate all distracting inputs and sleep comes instantly. Eliminating caffeine, having proper D levels and not being too hydrated before bed are also important.

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on January 22, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I have had dark, heavy drapes in my bedroom for a few years. They keep the room very dark. They helped when I first put them up.

But, my recent sleep is atrocious - when I get any, that is (and the drapes are still up).

However, I am getting my adrenal glands checked (it ain't cheap). It seems that my cortisol levels are reversed. They should be high in the morning, and gradually get lower over the day and be lowest just before going to sleep - you wake up refreshed and get tied as the day goes by. I wake up tied, stay tied, and perk up a bit in the evening (when I should be most TIRED!). Oh, well.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:39 AM

I use a sleep mask and find I sleep much better and more soundly when I use it. I seem to be very light sensitive- before using the mask I often woke up anytime between 4AM to 5:30AM, which is an extremely annoying thing to do when you don't need to get up to go to work!

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I rigged up a series of black bristol board covers for our three bedroom windows. They're flimsy and need to be held on with bits of tape, but they make the room completely dark - can't see your hand in front of your face. Also cover the alarm clock light. It's made such a huge difference in my sleep (from 5-6 hours to 7-9 consistently) that I fear having to sleep anywhere else when away. I would sleep longer but have to set an alarm for work. Once my cheapo blinds completely disintegrate, I plan to make something out of thick fabric and velcro.

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:14 AM

My daughter's room has blackout blinds and I sleep later in the morning and more soundly when I sleep in her room.

My room has a lot of natural light, plus ambient lighting and sometimes my husband is actually working in the bedroom while I am sleeping (he works from home). I wake very easily in my room and wake up much earlier in the morning even without an alarm.

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