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The Plague of Light in Our Bedrooms

Health & Wellness  (tags: sleep, light, bedrooms, health, research, study, humans, women )

- 1569 days ago -
Prof Derk-Jan Dijk, of the Surrey Sleep Centre, said people "should assess their bedroom and see how easy it would be to make it darker". But have our bedrooms got lighter?


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Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 10:54 am
I know I need it dark to sleep. That's why I wear a sleep mask/sleep shade, whatever you want to call it, religiously, and have done so for 48 years.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 1:31 pm
I rarely sleep so light or dark, makes no difference to me. That said, our bedroom has blinds and thermal drapes (always closed) and we need a flashlight to see in there at night....and sometimes during the day if it's overcast outside. :) Hubby cannot sleep if any light comes in at night.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 1:43 pm
I have to have darkness to sleep!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 4:56 pm
As an insomniac i can only sleep a lil at a time+it has to be very dark.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 7:44 pm
Terrie - how can you survive on no sleep? You too Natasha - I crash at night - may not sleep for more than 6 hours - sometimes less but I need dark - and QUIET! No electronic stuff where I sleep - lights like that bug me!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 2:37 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 5:05 am

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 7:07 am
I had to ban all alarm clocks with led numbers from my bedroom to sleep soundly. Whenever I'm in a hotel or motel, I have to go and hunt for those clocks and the infernal red eyes of the standby light of equipment. Things shouldn't be on standby in the first place, but if I can't cut the power of especially the TV that is there at eye-hight, I need to cover it up with something to sleep without constantly waking up.

Justin M (2)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 11:05 am

Lindsay K (6)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 1:14 pm
Thanks for sharing

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 2:06 pm
Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 3:48 pm
My bedroom blinds must be always completely shut :)
I couldn't stand being awoken with light !

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 4:28 pm
Thanks, Carrie. Yeah, I have to cover things up before I go to bed. I was pretty shocked one night long ago when I turned out the light......

Julie W (33)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 8:15 pm
If I wake too early in summer I usually put on a sleep mask and go back to sleep. I have windows wide open to cool the house overnight, so no dark curtains. Winter is no problem.

Debra G (0)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:08 pm
More research is needed before people draw any conclusions, he [Horne] says. "The idea that we should all blacken our room is wrong," he says. An emphasis on absolutely dark bedrooms could even be dangerous. "If it's pitch-black then elderly people getting up in the night might have an accident," Horne says.

It's the blinking smoke detector light that annoys me - more so than that gorgeous half moon tonight.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:38 pm
It has to be dark for me to sleep. My blinds remind shut till I get up and out of bed. Thanks Carrie

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday June 6, 2014, 12:35 am
Thanks Carrie!

Connie O (44)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 8:44 am
I can fall asleep anywhere...anytime!
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