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Waking up with tin foil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

So I've been told to put aluminum or tin foil over my windows to help make my room pitch black. That's fine and all, but what about waking up?

My sister had to run in my room and tell me to get up. I was so disoriented, my room was like a cave. It felt like midnight and when I walked out of my room, the sun was up.

So, yes, my room is pitch black. But how do I wake up normally now? Does this matter or should I just set more alarms? Should I buy one of those pillows you can set to light up when at a certain hour?

Many thanks, Daryl

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 24, 2013
at 08:11 PM

Ah right I see, then a wake up lamp is definitely the way forward. Apart from the waking up issue how was your results.. Did you experience better sleep Darryl? Im now thinking of looking into this myself.

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on January 24, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Philip's wakeup light? Thanks! I'll look into that.

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on January 24, 2013
at 05:55 PM

No I am not trying to mimic "how we are designed to sleep," trying to optimize my sleep cycle. And it's recommended to make your room pitch black...

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on January 24, 2013
at 05:44 PM

I sleep better with my room blacked out. One way around it is to get one of those lamps that turn on a light slowly, like the Philips wakeup light. That's what my partner and I do when we have to wake up at a particular time. Otherwise, when I wake up naturally, I open all the curtains for him. I prefer blackout curtains to foil because it looks nicer and it's easier to toggle.

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on January 24, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Philip's wakeup light? Thanks! I'll look into that.

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on January 24, 2013
at 07:35 PM

http://www.amazon.com/SOLEIL-Alarm-Ultima-Clock-Simulator/dp/B000O20Q6C This clock starts to get brighter, either with the sun or on your own schedule, you'll wake up more naturally and still have perfect dark during the night.

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on January 24, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Why are you trying to make your room pitch black?..if you are trying to mimic how we are designed to sleep then think about moonlight & fires, I don't think we evolved sleeping in complete darkness, cutting out false light like TV, mobile phones etc would be a good move but a bit of natural light shouldn't do you any harm. Unless you have a streetlight beaming through your window. This is my personal (non scientific) point of view by the way.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 24, 2013
at 08:11 PM

Ah right I see, then a wake up lamp is definitely the way forward. Apart from the waking up issue how was your results.. Did you experience better sleep Darryl? Im now thinking of looking into this myself.

84d4b987df825b96f06b2ec0aa3c181d

(50)

on January 24, 2013
at 05:55 PM

No I am not trying to mimic "how we are designed to sleep," trying to optimize my sleep cycle. And it's recommended to make your room pitch black...

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