The 12th Invest in ME Research Conference June, 2017, Part 2
MEMum presents the second article in a series of three about the recent 12th Invest In ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London.
Discuss the article on the Forums.

Keeping out the sunlight.

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by maryb, May 7, 2014.

  1. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

    Messages:
    3,501
    Likes:
    3,077
    UK
    OMG its been driving me mad over the past few weeks, waking me up - that intense beam that shines through the gaps etc. I have blackout blinds (old and wavy) blackout curtains and curtains on top of those, but its at the top and side the sunlight shines through. I've given up trying to sleep the last couple of mornings and got up far too early, as a consequence I'm so much more weary than normal.

    My hubby's been sleeping in the spare room for a while as I was keeping him awake getting up and down all night, so he wasn't really aware of how bad the problem was affecting me. I just mentioned it this morning and he sprang into action, he's been tooing and froing from the garage to upstairs all day, he's so clever with working out anything practical, got an engineers brain, so he's put up a wooden sides each side of the window which the blinds fit behind so the bits of light don't come through, he just has the other window to do and I think we may have a winning solution. He's got jobs piling up and also suffering with a muscle strain in his back, but he's made this his priority today.

    We don't give our carers enough credit sometimes do we? Or I at least I don't.
     
  2. Beyond

    Beyond Juice Me Up, Scotty!!!

    Messages:
    1,122
    Likes:
    772
    Murcia, Spain
    Do you live in the UK? I went to Oxford recently to visit my sister and the 4 days I was there slept even worse than here. Sun wakes you up at 6:30 because NOBODY there uses these http://cisnet2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/persianas.jpg. In Spain no house is without persianas! No persianas... that is madness.
     
    maryb and Valentijn like this.
  3. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,276
    Likes:
    5,992
    Midwest USA
    I tie a black scarf around my head. It stays put and blocks out the light better than a mask.

    And if I happen to have a migraine, I can also slip an ice pack in there too!

    Let us know how the renovations go! I hope you start sleeping better...
     
    leela and maryb like this.
  4. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

    Messages:
    4,678
    Likes:
    4,643
    Left Coast
    Glad you found a solution! Hubby to the rescue!
     
    Beyond and maryb like this.
  5. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

    Messages:
    3,501
    Likes:
    3,077
    UK
    @Beyond
    they look like very expensive roller shutters?
    My windows are 7ft across x 2 plus a small one of 4ft. It would cost a fortune, I did price up some wooden shutters but would need to take a mortgage out:)

    Oh I hope I sleep better, I'll report back and maybe we could patent it if its successful......
     
    Beyond likes this.
  6. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

    Messages:
    4,678
    Likes:
    4,643
    Left Coast
    I have wood blinds on my windows (not shutters) and they do not block out the light. It always comes in some where. Sometimes the easier solution is the best, especially if cost is an issue.
     
  7. Sushi

    Sushi Senior Member Albuquerque

    Messages:
    14,248
    Likes:
    21,361
    Albuquerque
    Two eye masks, of different types, worn at once seems to do the job for me.

    Sushi
     
  8. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

    Messages:
    3,501
    Likes:
    3,077
    UK
    @Sushi @Ema
    glad the masks work for you both, ideal solution if so.

    I can't stand anything touching my face, If I could just lay them on lightly then I maybe could tolerate them but you have to have the band around so I'm just too sensitive for that.
     
  9. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

    Messages:
    4,678
    Likes:
    4,643
    Left Coast
    I'm with you @maryb, I can't stand anything on my body, besides clothes, so masks wouldn't work for me at all.
     
  10. greebo

    greebo

    Messages:
    29
    Likes:
    64
    The Netherlands
    In my bedroom I have this: http://www.kinderwebwinkel.nl/veiligheid/veilig-slapen/dadadark-miyali-sheet

    which is something like black out sheets you can stick to your window. They cover the entire window, so no gaps at the sides or top.

    Then I have Venetian blinds over that and thick curtains over those. It makes my room pitch black at night even though I have an annoying light right outside the window. During the day it is dark enough for me to get headache relief.

    I can't tolerate anything on my face, so I can't use eye masks.

    I was so glad I found the black out sheets a couple of years ago, because that horrible, useless light outside the window made me homicidal. As well as wanting to destroy the light.

    I hope your solution works, @maryb
     
    maryb and ukxmrv like this.
  11. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

    Messages:
    4,678
    Likes:
    4,643
    Left Coast
    You know @greebo gave me an idea to get car window tint. You can buy rolls of it, maybe limo tint is what you want. If it's the kind that adheres with water that would be pretty easy for someone to do.
     

See more popular forum discussions.

Share This Page