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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 to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

For immediate relief, there are two similar things that I will try. First, I take a hot shower (make the shower as hot as you can withstand). Make sure to breath in and out deeply to fill your nasal ...
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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

Your sinuses are suffering from vasodilatation or nasal congestion. There's nothing to blow out that will unblock them because the passages themselves are shrinking due to the blood vessels ...
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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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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

Instead of a decongestant take a cheap anti-histamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). In addition stopping the flow of mucus, the first generation anti-histamines make you so drowsy you'll have hard ...
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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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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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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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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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lying-in-bed-ideas to be remembered the next day

Personally, I have very often reached out to my bedside table and found some object like a book, box of tissues, drink coaster etc, then I throw it across the room into a location where it doesn't ...
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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

I have just finished dealing with this same problem last week, here are a few things that helped me get over it: Put on some chap stick and breath through your mouth. Don't go too crazy with the ...
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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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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

My mother used to cut an onion and place it on a plate near my bed. You could try that. I also like to have something soft like a towel under my pillow. That way my head is a bit more upwards, ...
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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

I would recommend using some form of nasal irrigation before going to bed. The idea is to run a mild salt solution through your nasal passages which clears stuffiness out and helps disinfect and thus ...
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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 to avoid yawning in public?

When you are about to yawn just touch the tongue with one of your fingers. The saltiness does the magic; it's highly unlikely that someone will carry salt in pocket, but a finger does the trick. ...
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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?

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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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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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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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

I tend to create nose plugs out of tissue paper... it's not pretty, but its the running mucus which keeps me awake not the stuffy part. Once they're in my nose (big enough so they are easy to pull out)...
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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

I have this problem most of the time because of allergic rhinitis - I do use a steroid spray, but sometimes, the sinuses get blocked because of a cold or because the pollution's high, and I start to ...
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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!

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 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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