Virtual Dreamer

Black Out Curtains

I would be remiss if I didn't say something about the value of blacking out your bedroom before sleep. I have found out that eliminating all light sources from my bedroom with black-out curtains has improved my sleep substantially. The reasons are obvious to me... and quite natural. Through millions of years of evolution it was the night that was the great equalizer in a brutal world. During the daylight hours we expended our energy caches, and then some, simply to survive. Like a sprinter who must rest up after a long run, humans required more energy then came naturally to compete for space on this big blue ball we call Earth and they needed a way to re-energize. The darkness gave humans, and other species, an envelope of protection from most predators and sleep became an energy restorative necessity.

In the modern world the night's natural protection takes on less significance. But genetically we are still subject to biorhythms handed down to us from millions of years ago.  Black-out curtains can be an insomniac's best friend. Make your bedroom as dark as a cave. Avoid all light sources. This includes LED clocks, lights on electronic gizmos and televisions. When I had an LED clock I would simply turn it away from view. I listen every night to talk radio and eventually put in one of our nature sound recordings... but I still turn the CD player away from my view as it does put out some light; and any light is bad light.

On a side note I dreamed up a new idea recently: Black-out curtains that slowly open up on a timer as an alternate type of alarm clock. Instead of a blaring audio alarm one could have a much less stressful and more natural 'daylight' alarm. Simply extrapolating this idea further, it would also be relatively easy to innovate a light emitting device that slowly fills one's bedroom with simulated daylight on a timer. Both of these 'light alarm' ideas might, and probably do, already exist somewhere. But sometimes it's the simple ideas that slip through the cracks.

Ah, the things you think of when you had a good night's rest!

Insomnia can be an indication of a serious underlying health condition. Our opinions are in no way intended to be taken as medical advice. If you feel your insomnia issue warrants it please seek the advice of a qualified physician.


I have written extensively over the years about the process of falling asleep and have sorted my journal into four areas of interest.