How to Make Your Room Dark for Better Sleep

Posted January 28, 2020 by in Decor
lamp in dark room

For some people, darkness is essential in getting a good night’s sleep. Even the smallest light can interrupt your sleep cycle and have you struggling to find restfulness. There’s nothing worse than being unable to sleep when you know you’re tired! 

If that sounds like you, you’re probably wondering how to make your room dark. There are a few easy ways you can achieve this:

Invest in Blackout Shades

One of the best ways to make your room dark is to invest in some good shades. There are shades made for the exact purpose of blocking out as much light as possible. These are called blackout shades.

Blackout shades will make your room pitch black by blocking all the light coming in from outside. They’re made of PVC or Mylar and fit tightly to your window casing, as opposed to most shades. This helps reduce incoming light.

Most blackout shades will still leave a small “halo” of light around the rim of the shades. If that’s still too much light for you, you can seek out blackout shades with side-channels. This will ensure that the whole window is covered, reducing that rim-halo.

Blackout shades can also be installed on a track. This helps eliminate the halo, too. Either way, blackout shades will help you reduce a lot of light in your bedroom.

You can also make your own blackout shades or curtains! You can but light-blocking material on the internet and in some fabric stores. If you’re the crafty type and don’t want the design of your room to suffer, this may be the route for you!

Disable Electronic Lights

Some electronics, like TVs and certain game consoles, emit light even when turned off. These lights are used to show that the device is functioning and ready to be turned on. They’re small, but can still be distracting enough to keep you awake at night.

Most of the time these lights can be disabled through settings. Navigate to your device’s settings or consult the instruction guide to find out how.

If the light can’t be disabled, try putting a piece of opaque tape over it. This should block it out and make your room just that little bit darker.

You can also just unplug these electronics when not using them. This will save power and help you get a good night’s sleep. It’s a win-win situation!

If you have devices that absolutely need to be on overnight, like a digital alarm clock, face the light away from you as you sleep. That, or try using another device for an alarm like your cellphone.

Get a Good Curtain Rod

If you don’t want to go the blackout shade route, get a wrap-around curtain rod. Some curtain rods only cover the surface of the window. This leaves a gap between the curtain and the edge of the window, and lets light leak in!

Wrap-around curtain rods are designed to make the room darker. They let you pull your curtain all the way around the window, decreasing a lot of light-leak. It may not seem like much, but this can actually make a huge difference to the darkness of your room.

You’ll also want to make sure the material of the curtain blocks light well. Use a dark-colored or patterned curtain. Invest in some blackout fabric to make your own, or find a curtain made to block light. There are plenty available!

Something as simple as a new curtain rod can improve your sleep greatly. This is especially important for the creatively minded, as sleep helps promote creative problem solving according to this article.

Use an Eye Mask

An eye mask won’t make the room darker, but it will block out light. This is a cheap and practical option, especially if you sleep with a spouse who likes to stay up later than you. This will ensure that you can get to sleep without having to distract them from reading, working, or whatever they may be doing.

Some people find the sensation of an eye mask to be distracting. This usually happens if you buy a mask that’s too cheap and not made with comfort in mind. There are a lot of options out there today, so try one that’s made for comfort.

It’s worth a try if you don’t want to make any big changes to your room!

Re-Arrange Your Room

Always consider your room’s arrangement when trying to block the most light. If your bed is facing a window or light-source, move it so it’s not. Move any light sources so they’re not facing you while you sleep. The most annoying lights are the ones that leak into your eyelids, so put a stop to that by re-arranging your bed.

A simple change-up can help cut distracting light, and can even boost your mood! That’s a pretty great little added bonus. All just from shifting around your bed!

Decorate Your Room in Dark Colors

If you really want the darkest room possible, consider painting your walls a dark color. You don’t have to go full goth and paint your walls black. Any darker color will kill a portion of the light emitted in your room, making things overall darker.

White and light colors reflect light, exaggerating even the smallest light sources. If you utilize dark colors, the light will be absorbed, meaning less light to bother your sleep. If you’re willing to make that big of a change, it could really help you get a better night’s sleep.

Deciding How to Make Your Room Dark

You’ve got a lot of options when deciding how to make your room dark. If you want to make the biggest impact, try combining a couple, or even all of these methods. If you’re reading this, chances are your room can’t get dark enough, so you’ve got nothing to lose!