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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

If you are looking to save money and go the easiest route, I would purchase a sleep mask. Years ago I worked the night shift for a few years and couldn't find any curtain that would truly make it ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

When I was a kid there was a bad heat wave and we used aluminum foil on the windows to keep the sun out. I don't know exactly what you mean by "do anything to my windows" but with a few cents worth ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

There are large paper blackout shades (see example on Amazon) that block out all the light on the window's I've used them on. They are a bit like giant sticky notes, with a sticky end that attached ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

I had an eye surgery a while back and needed to black out a room under similar conditions. Though in my case it was the morning sun I was trying to black out. I have tried 2 methods. Foil/Paper Do ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

The only safe option is to avoid getting into this situation in the first place with better planning. If you do end up like this, the only safe thing to do is pull over and rest. Nothing else will ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

These are some tricks that work for me: Having a cold beverage to drink (while driving, but carefully) works very well for me. I guess it's better if it has caffeine, I usually use Coke, but even ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Use double layer of black garbage bags I have used double layer of black garbage bags in the past. I've fixed the bags with black tape that doesn't stick much to avoid leaving marks. However, over ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

I also faced similar problem when I was in Rajasthan last year. You can use following tips to make your life a bit easier: Do whatever you can to prevent excessive heat build-up in your room. During ...
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Loud neighbor living upstairs depriving me of my sleep!

Some people simply don't realise how much noise they make, or how much it impinges on others. I've found - empirically, & without ever actually falling out with any noisy neighbours long-term - ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Sleep mask Yes, sleep mask is best (economic and effective). Canopy If you find sleeping mask uncomfortable, try to build a canopy (DIY will be economic) as seen in below image. DIY cost may ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

My standard method is when I notice I am beginning to fall asleep, I open a bag of very crunchy snacks (Corn Nuts!) and eat ONE every 60 seconds. The stimulation of the crunching wakes up the brain ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

If you want all the light-blocking of tin foil, and all of the subtlety of not having a shiny surface behind your window, consider "blackfoil" or "cinefoil." It's essentially aluminum foil, but with a ...
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How to Prevent Sleep?

Lie on your back. Stick your arm up and point at the ceiling. Let your elbow lock, so your arm stays straight up, balancing. If you accidentally fall asleep, your elbow will "unlock", your hand will ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

You're probably experiencing the reason air conditioning (cooling) is so widespread in regions where weather gets into the high 30s (C) or higher on a routine basis: regardless of daytime coping ...
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Sleep with earplugs but still hear alarm

If you have a smart watch or health watch, those can frequently be used as alarm clocks that vibrate. I find it very effective as something vibrating on your wrist in the middle of the night is quite ...
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Night driving issues

I've not a lot to add to the other good answers, except for a few tips: Don't eat a large amount before you set off on the return journey. Have a light snack of something that is has a reasonable ...
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Is there a way to make myself sleep quickly without resorting to sleeping pills or any sleeping foods?

Proven aids to falling asleep faster: Sleep alone; a bed partner will disturb with movements, snoring, talking, and may distract with other bedroom activities. Avoid backlit or self-lit displays (...
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Loud neighbor living upstairs depriving me of my sleep!

I fell asleep to my neighbors yelling and stomping and woke up to them at 4am for the same thing. I already have sleep problems and i don't need the neighbors impairing my ability to sleep when i ...
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Loud neighbor living upstairs depriving me of my sleep!

This an ancient problem, and the solutions falls into various categories like: Stop the origin of the sound – Talk to the neighbour... Block out the sound – Use ear plugs, noise canceling headphones, ...
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How To Keep Sleep Mask On While Sleeping

As I see it, the issue is the mask has only a single strap. I would add an additional elastic strap to go over the top of your head to provide additional stability. Much the same way as a surgical or ...
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How to stop throwing blankets off myself while sleeping?

Lower your thermostat a few degrees during sleeping hours, so you don't get too warm under the blankets. Then turn it back up for the morning -- or, if it's a modern thermostat, program the settings ...
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How to stop throwing blankets off myself while sleeping?

I don't want to turn this into WebMD but I think your question should be treated as more than a life hack. I would consult with a doctor since what you are experiencing sounds like a reaction to ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Build a frame from some lengths of wood, to fit in the window opening. Cover with a few sheets of paper, or some plywood. Maybe some rubber foam around the edges to close any remaining gaps. Add two ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Put a pillow on your head This is an alternative to the sleep mask because I have found that the sleep mask doesn't stay properly when I move and the elastic band are quite uncomfortable. Pros ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

Hammocks are probably among the best ways to keep cool and stay comfortable in a warm bedroom without AC. Many many people in Central and South America sleep in hammocks every night, at least in part ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

Open a window all the way, even if it's freezing cold. Radio / music player on at high volume. Static exercises, i.e. butt clench, squeeze the steering wheel, left leg press etc. Please note however, ...
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How can I remember my dreams?

Keep a notepad by the bed. As soon as you wake up, write the dream down before it fades. At first you may only be able to remember key items, but it gets easier the more you do it.
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How to stop throwing blankets off myself while sleeping?

You need to work out why you do it. Do you in fact get too hot, or it that you dont feel secure and thrash around? You can buy weighted blankets that whilst thin, leave you feeling more secure.
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Lifehacks to adjust sleep cycle?

Rather than with an incremental shift I would go for a radical change. Just set your alarm to go off the whole 5 hours earlier. Also take care to not get tricked by the snooze function (see this ...
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Sleep with earplugs but still hear alarm

Don't rely on just your muted hearing for the wake-up call. Try a multimedia approach with a timer An inexpensive electric timer can be set to turn on both a vibrator and a bright light at the same ...
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