Like most people, there is too much light entering your bedroom at night and interfering with your sleep. A nighttime light reduces a person’s chances of falling asleep. In addition, the thin walls allow music, loud talking, and other distractions to leak inside. Here are ways to sound- and light-proof your bedroom and maintain healthy sleep habits.
The easiest and cheapest way to lightproof your bedroom is to install blackout curtains. These curtains should be long enough to cover every inch of glass, completely blocking out the sunlight, and easy to install. To block light peering in through the door, attach blackout strips to the bottom or sides of the door. Set your alarm on your clock radio, and place a dark cloth or t-shirt over the light display to block all light. This should make your bedroom pitch black.
Also, turn off all electronics and appliances within your bedroom. It’s common for people to leave their laptops, phones, Bluetooth speakers, or tablets turned on during the night. This habit wastes energy and adds more unnecessary light into the room.
Soundproofing your bedroom is more difficult and requires the purchase of some heavy-duty materials. To save money, try rearranging the furniture first. Push the bed away from the wall where most of the irritating noise is coming from, and place the heavy furniture in its place.
Foam insulation is designed to prevent the leakage of air, heat, water, and sound. Some people buy sheets of ready-made foam and attach them to the walls. The foam is easy to remove and replace when needed. The main disadvantage is the cost, but the material is effective and long-lasting.
Besides foam, there exist other types of soundproofing materials like wool, fiberglass, wood, etc. The thickest materials like foam are the most effective but the most expensive. Choosing which material to use depends on its safety, durability, and cost. Some materials are flammable and not suitable in certain rooms. Other materials are toxic and react poorly in humid conditions. The choice depends on your personal preferences and the conditions within your room.
When it comes to sleep, doctors say that you need at least 6-8 hours of it every night. But reaching this goal is more difficult when you have noises coming in through the walls, light peering in through the doors or windows, cell phones beeping notifications, etc. You’re more likely to develop insomnia or wake up at odd hours of the night. Try using different methods of light- and soundproofing your room for a night of better night sleep.
If you are in an apartment in NYC, there might be a lot of horns and other city noises. So, make sure you rent high above the street.
If you are in the suburbs or a more rural setting, you probably only have crickets to worry about.