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Not getting the best sleep due to more daylight in the summer? Blackout curtains could be a simple solution.
According to Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, one of the easiest things you can do to get better shut-eye at night is to make sure the room is dark.
“We’re designed to be sleeping when the sky is dark,” he told TODAY. Things like street light can disrupt the sleep cycle. “You want the room to be as dark as possible without it being dangerous,” he added.
To achieve a dark room, he recommended blackout curtains. These are curtains that block out light to help you sleep through the night. Many also have the advantage of blocking outside noise and regulating the temperature in the room by keeping hot and cold air from coming in through the window.
Below, here are some of the bestselling blackout curtains on Amazon.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains on Amazon
4.6 Stars, 7,601 Customer Reviews
Coming in 18 different colors, these drapes will match any room in your house.
4.8 Stars, 2,242 Customer Reviews
Block out every bit of sunlight with these double-layered curtain panels, outfitted with grommets to fit on any curtain rod.
4.2 Stars, 2,119 Customer Reviews
Whether you opt for one pack or four of these curtain sets, your room will stay dark throughout it all.
Most Popular Blackout Curtains on Walmart
4.5 Stars, 987 Customer Reviews
Reduce the energy lost out of windows with these energy-efficient curtain panels.
4.2 Stars, 5,607 Customer Reviews
Crank up your house's style with these textured blackout shades.
4.2 Stars, 189 Customer Reviews
Sleep extra soundly with these noise-reducing curtain panels.
Top-Rated Blackout Curtains on Wayfair
4.7 Stars, 9,241 Customer Reviews
Create an elegant feel to any room with these silky curtain panels, sure to block out all sunlight.
4.8 Stars, 3,011 Customer Reviews
Whether you thread these curtain panels over a rod or use rings for a fun touch, they will block light efficiently.
4.8 Stars, 6,590 Customer Reviews
Add a whimsical touch to any room with these beautiful pleated blackout shades.
Most Popular Blackout Curtains at Bed Bath and Beyond
4.7 Stars, 255 Customer Reviews
Blackout shades don't need to be heavy! Keep cool with this linen option.
Update your windows with these rod-pocket curtain panels that are easy to insert.
4.4 Stars, 106 Customer Reviews
Make any curtain a blackout curtain with this liner that can be added to an existing drape.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains from Target
3.8 Stars, 108 Customer Reviews
Transform your current curtains to blackout ones with these liners.
4.8 stars, 115 Customer Reviews
Add a subtle touch of color to your living space with these light-filtering curtains.
3.8 Stars, 31 Customer Reviews
Complement any room with these neutral blackout curtain panels.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains from JCPenney
4.6 Stars, 1,825 Customer Reviews
Add a special element to your windows with these shiny-finish woven blackout curtains.
4.6 Stars, 189 Customer Reviews
Little kids? No problem with these washable blackout shades.
4.5 Stars, 42 Customer Reviews
Reduce noise, save energy and block out the sun with these multipurpose blackout curtains.
If you do end up blocking the light in your room with blackout curtains, Barone has one important tip: Open the curtains immediately when you wake up and let the light in. “When we’re awake, we want to be exposed to sunlight,” he said. “Try to get sunlight in the morning.”
For more sleep tips, check out Barone’s book, "Let’s Talk About Sleep."