Are black-out blinds necessary?

If you have a child who has been waking earlier and earlier as the year progresses, but you’ve been resisting putting up black-out blinds, give in and put them up NOW! Whether you get the velcro black-out liner that you stick around the window, fixed roller blinds or the type with the suction caps, the main thing is to block out as much of this beautiful sunshine as possible.

This is why:

“Blue light” inhibits the production of melatonin.

Melatonin is the hormone we produce that brings on sleep.

“Blue light” is present is sunlight.

So as long as the sunlight is getting into the bedroom, the melatonin production will not be sufficient for a good night’s sleep.

“Blue light” is also used as the backing light for many smartphones and tablets. So if you let your child use these, and they don’t sleep well, cut out use of them for at least 2 hours prior to bedtime!

If your child continues to wake early once you have cut out all the light, give me a call (07977 462252) and will talk to you about resetting their body-clock so they don’t wake as early.

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