Getting six to eight hours of sleep a night is important for your overall health and well-being. Yet if your schedule requires you to sleep during daylight hours or when other people in your apartment are awake, you may struggle to get enough shuteye. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to make your apartment darker and help you sleep a little bitter. The team at Carolina Square has some tips to light-proof your bedroom and encourage better sleep.
Identify Sources of Light
First, identify sources of light in your bedroom. While the window is probably the biggest culprit, it is not always the only one. Light can flow in from the hallway, under the door jam, and even from electronics in the room. Find all sources of light so you can decide which you need to eliminate.
Darken the Windows
Start your quest to darken your room with the windows. Choose window-darkening blinds or blackout curtains but remember that these are not a perfect solution. Unfortunately, light can flow in from the edges of these window coverings. You may want to consider more than one, using blinds on the window itself and then curtains to block the edges. If that does not work, consider attaching a blanket to the window frame so the window is covered completely.
Another option is to place privacy film over the window. If your daytime sleep is going to be a daily occurrence, add this cut-to-size plastic film over your window. This reduces a significant amount of light and can be removed when you are ready to move to a new apartment or home.
Turn off the Lights
Next, turn off the lights in other areas of your home, if no one else is awake. Light can filter into your bedroom through the cracks under the bedroom door if you leave lights on. If no one needs them, just turn them off.
Unplug the Electronics
The light from your computer’s screensaver or your plugged-in, but fully charged cell phone can be distracting when you’re trying to sleep. Unplug the electronics you aren’t using before you head to bed. You’ll also enjoy reduced energy costs with this simple step.
Place Something Over the Bottom of the Door
If you are still suffering from too much light, put a rug or blanket at the bottom of your door to block the light coming in from underneath. However, this can present a safety issue should you need to exit your room quickly. Only do this if you have tried all other options and still have too much light coming in.
If all else fails, purchase a sleeping mask to help you stay comfortable while sleeping. It will take your body a little while to adjust to sleeping during the day, but if you block out enough light, you can make your home sleep environment comfortable and restful.