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Make my apartment a dark cave at night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I leave in a couple of days to go back to New York for the Spring semester. I was with my mate who sleeps in a very dark room, and I did notice an amazing difference in my sleep quality. I know some people have talked about this.

Here's the rub. In the City, making my apartment totally dark might be nigh impossible. Like, should I just hang a dark sheet over my window? Any other suggestions? Sleep is sort of a necessity in grad school.

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on January 23, 2012
at 04:18 PM

I never leave home without an eye-mask

1cf4424038964c21e55856bd7b4f6dfe

(150)

on January 23, 2012
at 01:05 PM

cheap and effective. Esp if you fit it up to the window edge to block all the light. I have blackout curtains and some light still sneaks out around the edges.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:58 PM

+1 for el cheapo!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 22, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I LOVE my eye mask! Portable, too!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 22, 2012
at 02:01 PM

I can't sleep without one now. My eyes feel all naked and exposed.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 22, 2012
at 06:02 AM

yeah Amazon has a decent selection and you can just buy a tension rod. Too big is fine for me, because they are also good insulation. If you don't care about opening curtains or what it looks like, taped up AL foil or cardboard also works.

B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on January 22, 2012
at 05:57 AM

Caleb +1 if you can SLEEP while wearing an eye mask! I can't. Maybe you'll be luckier.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 22, 2012
at 04:52 AM

not sure these will fit my window, but I'll look for something. Thanks, Melissa!

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 22, 2012
at 02:20 AM

d'oh, hadn't even thought of the eye mask. +1 for inexpensive solutions!

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B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on January 22, 2012
at 05:56 AM

I went for a cheap solution: cardboard. I got huge pieces of cardboard, and stiffened them by taping a couple together and using some duct tape. I made enough of these to cover my bedroom window. They go between the blind and the window, and then I close the (flimsy) curtains, too.

They're ugly, these cardboard things. But I put them in at bedtime, and take them out in the morning, so nobody sees them anyway.

If I were in the city I might have bought some blackout curtains by now. But I'm in a rural area, so I'd have to either travel to shop (yuck) or order blackout curtains over the web. My cardboard solution isn't elegant, but it works and didn't cost anything.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:58 PM

+1 for el cheapo!

1cf4424038964c21e55856bd7b4f6dfe

(150)

on January 23, 2012
at 01:05 PM

cheap and effective. Esp if you fit it up to the window edge to block all the light. I have blackout curtains and some light still sneaks out around the edges.

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E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I couldn't afford the size of black-out lining I'd need for our windows (but you should be able to get it cheap in the city), so I clothespinned dark, cheap fleece blankets behind our drapes, and intend to extend the whole setup above the curtain rod to minimise light leakage (going from tab-top to metal eye-rings). If you're handy, or find a light-blocking roll shade for sale, you can use an inside mount and magnetic tape or velcro to affix it to the window frame.

Finally, a little electrical tape over the charging light of the cordless phone makes it darker BUT a) is itchy when using the phone, and b) prevents me from orienting myself to the bed. It's an orange light, so I removed the tape.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 22, 2012
at 01:14 AM

I hang a thick blanket over the curtain rod. It's not pretty but it does the trick. And I use an eye mask.

B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

(1680)

on January 22, 2012
at 05:57 AM

Caleb +1 if you can SLEEP while wearing an eye mask! I can't. Maybe you'll be luckier.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 22, 2012
at 02:20 AM

d'oh, hadn't even thought of the eye mask. +1 for inexpensive solutions!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 22, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I LOVE my eye mask! Portable, too!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 22, 2012
at 02:01 PM

I can't sleep without one now. My eyes feel all naked and exposed.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on January 23, 2012
at 04:18 PM

I never leave home without an eye-mask

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on January 23, 2012
at 11:40 AM

Living in Japan most houses have steel shutters (rolldown or sliding) on house windows. For typhoon protection and privacy) shut those bad boys at night and voila.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 22, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I've had these blackout curtains in both NYC and Chicago and they work very well http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PGQR1M/ref=wms_ohs_product

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 22, 2012
at 04:52 AM

not sure these will fit my window, but I'll look for something. Thanks, Melissa!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 22, 2012
at 06:02 AM

yeah Amazon has a decent selection and you can just buy a tension rod. Too big is fine for me, because they are also good insulation. If you don't care about opening curtains or what it looks like, taped up AL foil or cardboard also works.

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095ef76482234d3db444b77d7ed01c29

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on January 22, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I have black curtains with black liners behind them. Voila' instant dark.

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on January 22, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Yes, I live in NYC and purchased blackout liners from my curtains. So I have drapes and liners. It really was a phenomenal decision. edit: I actually have these from Bed bath and beyond. http://bit.ly/zyvooo

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