With longer days and Daylight Savings Time comes more sunlight – and with it, the challenge of getting enough quality sleep for my child with an “early” bedtime. One key factor is darkness. I have used sleep masks with great success, but my family refuses to try it.
What to do? Well, I wasn’t ready to try taping foil or newspaper over my windows as some people have (how unattractive would THAT be here in the ‘burbs?!) and I wanted to be able to open the blinds/windows occasionally, so I went to my local Home Depot in search of window treatment solutions. I was on the hunt for some form of room-darkening shades that would not bankrupt me – or require replacing the 2″ blinds already in place.
I found just what I needed – a temporary pleated shade that fit against the window behind the existing blinds. And the price was right – less than $5 each. We’re in business!
They have been in our windows for two nights and we all slept better immediately. Our bedroom windows face East, but there is still significant outdoor ambient light that comes in through the blinds at night – even when cloudy or moonless.
My son was up early the very next morning – and I normally have to NAG him to get out of bed at the last possible minute! I didn’t expect such dramatic results so soon. I am amazed.
Why didn’t I try this sooner?! (And why do I end up asking myself this question so often? Oy.)
I am definitely hanging these shades in the baby’s West-facing window this Fall!