Originally Posted by Zuleikaa
I try to get to bed by 9:30. I don't often make it until 10. I use a black sheet at my window held with towel grippers glued to the wall around the windows. It works really well. I am very light sensitive when I sleep at night and am up with the first ray of light the next morning.
If you've ever slept at a Hilton hotel (or a few of the other chains), they know how to help you hibernate. I haven't gone to the expense of doing it with my room (except to make sure the windows are shaded), but things that help:
- keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer
- thick carpet wall to wall
- HEAVY drapes (or, not so heavy drapes with a second heavy blackout liner in back) or two sets of drapes... I think this insulates the room temp and also dampens sound a great degree
- featherbeds are good, or as much fluff as you can stand
- big fluffy pillows (unless you need another kind)
- flannel sheets are great in winter
- soft blankets, copious amounts
- not a lot of electronics and wireless gizmos blinking and humming... if you have them at least keep them at the other end of the room on the other side of a big piece of furniture
- down comforters are good
- not a lot of scratchy or fake fabrics and fills (in my opinion anyway)
- for mattresses, while it's hard to find a good futon mattress, a great high end futon mattress is where I think I got my best night of sleep ever.. it kind of molds to you rather than being a bouncy regular mattress.
- a humidifier or vaporizer at night does wonders - absolute wonders - for dry, irritated skin and sinuses.