Sleep is very precious in our house.
My kids seemed to have inherited my dislike of going to sleep (last night I slept from 3 am until 7 am, and that's not such a rarity to me) and my husband's extremely light sleeping (I've never met a lighter sleeper than him). (My husband likes to sleep, and according to my husband, I sleep so deeply its hard to wake me.)
Yup, our kids got the "best of both worlds", which means we very frequently have late nights, and then after that, multiple wakings during the night. Which is very frustrating, because that means that I can only get my work done really late at night, when my brain is half fried... which is probably why my blog posts often have typos- because I'm too exhausted by that time of the night to bother proofreading anything.
The silver lining in my kids' sleeping issues is that my kids are able to sleep in in the morning, sometimes as late as 8 or 9 am (depending on how crazy of a night they had the night before), but generally they wake up at 7 or 7:30 am.
And I cherish every moment of sleep that I get. (Going to sleep is my problem. Once I'm asleep, I'll give anything to be able to stay asleep!)
Fortunately and unfortunately, our apartment gets a lot of natural light, which is great for during the day, but in the morning is extremely frustrating, because my kids, like roosters, wake up at the crack of dawn, no matter how late they went to sleep the night before, no matter how tired. Their brain tells them "if its light out, it's awake time", which is partly why we have sleep issues. (They think that if it just gets dark at 8 pm, they can and should be out, playing in the park, at 8 pm, and only even start to think about winding down an hour or two after that.) Even if they're exhausted and miserable, once they see it's light out, they can't really sleep anymore...
But no, I cannot have my kids waking at 5 am, just because sunup is really early in the summer. We tried regular curtains and blinds, nothing made a difference.
We were strongly considering buying blackout curtains to keep the light out of our bedroom in the morning, but instead, my husband made what I like to call our "redneck blackout curtains".
They work beautifully, even if they're butt ugly.
Mike bought some black contact paper for a few bucks.
Cut them to size to fit over the glass of the window, then attached them.
Absolutely no light shines through.
When closed, that is.
When we want natural light, though, we just open the window and get a decent amount of light. No, not as much as if the contact paper weren't there, but enough so that we don't need to turn on the light to be able to see comfortably.
So, there you have it- quick, easy peasy, "make your room totally dark so your kids actually sleep" not too expensive blackout "curtains".
And yes, it works.
Try it out yourself!
For those of you with kids, are they good sleepers or bad sleepers? What is their typical bedtime, and typical wake up time? From what age do they sleep through the night, or do they still not?
Do you or your kids wake up from light? Do you have blackout curtains in your house, or do you think they'd be helpful?
Would you ever do something like this, or do you prefer beauty over functionality?