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  • Why do I sleep better in a light room instead of a very dark room?

    I live in a busy area where at night it is bright in my room at night ;I had sheer curtains on my windows. I have taken the advice to sleep in a very dark room to get better sleep. I bought very dark curtains and it makes my room pitch black at night, no light gets in anymore. However, for the past 2 weeks with the dark curtains I have tossed and turned and have not slept good AT ALL. But when I had the sheer curtains where it was light in my room at night, I fell right asleep and slept well. What could be the reasoning of this? Do I need to get out in the natural light/sun more during the day in order to sleep better in a very dark room?
    I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

    You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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    You're probably nocturnal, like me.
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    • #3
      I don't buy the need for pitch dark to sleep, that it is more natural. I slept outside in the wilderness for 6 months and half the time the moon is bright enough to disturb your sleep even in the forest with all the trees surrounding you.
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      • #4
        I sleep way better in the dark, personally. SB, did you cowboy camp the whole PCT?
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        • #5
          There is no paleolithic basis for sleeping in pitch dark. I just works for some people. There are good reasons to avoid bluish light, which Grok never would have experienced at night.
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          • #6
            No idea but it's usually the same for me. I can sleep with any light except for that damned street light right outside my window. I swear to god I'll be finding a way to get rid of it soon enough.
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            • #7
              I can sleep like the dead in any light, or lack thereof, always could.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                I sleep way better in the dark, personally. SB, did you cowboy camp the whole PCT?
                No, I slept in a tent. The moon was bright enough to penetrate the fabric of the tent. It was light gray. Some nights the birds start singing because even they can't sleep.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by primalprincess7 View Post
                  But when I had the sheer curtains where it was light in my room at night, I fell right asleep and slept well. What could be the [reason for] this?
                  Perhaps just that it's what you're used to and there's now a change in your habits.

                  Do I need to get out in the natural light/sun more during the day in order to sleep better in a very dark room?
                  Well, yeah. For circadian rhythms to be right you need to get more intense light in the day as well as proper dark at night-time.

                  For more see Lights Out:

                  http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Sle...dp/0671038680/

                  That's well worth buying and reading.

                  Robb Wolf has a short post that's worth a look:

                  Sleep, Sleep, Sleep! How artificial lighting and cortisol impact zzz’s

                  Best to stick with it rather than take the curtains down even if you're taking a longer time to drop off right now. Experiments have shown that even a tiny light shone behind a subject's knee is enough to severely impact his release of melatonin. You need that to happen for a number of reasons.

                  As well as being out more in the day, you might try ensuring that the room is relatively cold -- possibly even having a cool bath before bed if the weather's hot. A magnesium supplement -- something most if not all of us need anyway -- seems to help with sleep if taken before bedtime. There are a number of other things you can do. Lights Out has much more and Robb probably has more information around on his site, too.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all for the great insight! I appreciate it. Last night I took down the dark curtains and slept in the lighter room and I fell asleep immediately and slept deep and woke up with more energy than I have in the last 2 weeks. and yes, I do try to keep my room on the cooler side as well!
                    I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

                    You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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                    • #11
                      If you sleep better with some light, and you've tried it, don't let a bunch of people on the internet tell you otherwise. Do what puts you to sleep.
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                      • #12
                        I tend to sleep best in the dark, but I think most of it is how tired I am. Days in the past when I have only gotten 3 or 4 hours of sleep I could easily take a nap in the bright of day, but if I have decent sleep (7+hrs), a nap is nearly impossible. I think the light is more so the artificial light. Moonlight, campfires... I want to try sleeping with a window open to let in the light (stars/moon) in because the street lamp is at the front of the house, not the back where my window is, but I move into an apartment in AUG so I doubt it would be a long term thing. Artificial light, for me, is a killer.

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                        • #13
                          i need pitch black darkness. i wear a sleep mask any crack of light disturbs me greatly. that's great you can sleep with light coming in--im very jealous

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
                            If you sleep better with some light, and you've tried it, don't let a bunch of people on the internet tell you otherwise. Do what puts you to sleep.
                            What he said.

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                            • #15
                              yeh, I cannot sleep with the tv on or the light from the tv though lol just whatever light comes from outside i guess
                              I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

                              You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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