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How do I block a street light in my bedroom?

In the UK, streetlights are a common source of light pollution in the UK. This is especially a cause for concern at night when the street lights enter the home and prevent you from getting to sleep.

Many street lights use high-intensity bulbs that emit a strong, blue-white light, which can suppress the release of melatonin and disrupt our circadian rhythm. This makes it harder for us to fall asleep and can lead to feelings of grogginess and fatigue during the day. Additionally, the bright lights can create a sense of alertness, making it difficult to relax and unwind before bed.

So how to block out street light and improve your sleep?

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to reduce the impact of street lights on your sleep. Here are some of the most effective solutions:

  • Invest in blackout blinds. Blackout blinds are designed to block out all light, making them the perfect solution for blocking out external light pollution. Blackout blinds are available in many styles eg blackout roller blinds, blackout vertical blinds, blackout skylight blinds, therefore you can choose a blind to darken your room that will match your decor and budget.
  • Use a sleep mask: If you would rather not change your window coverings, a sleep mask is a great alternative. Sleep masks are designed to cover your eyes and block out all light, allowing you to sleep peacefully, even if the streetlight is shining into your room.
  • Install a window film: Window film is a thin, adhesive material that you can apply to your windows to block out light. There are several different types of window film available, including privacy film, which blocks the view from outside, and reflective film, which bounces light back outside.

Street lighting shining into our bedroom at night can have serious consequences on our sleep quality and subsequent health. There is little we can do about the street lighting itself but we can control the amount of light that comes into our homes by using blackout blinds or window film. If you don't want to make such an investment, many people opt for handy sleep aids such as eyemasks to stop the light coming into our eyes.

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