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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 is to make sure the room is dark.
“We’re designed to be sleeping when the sky is dark,” he told TODAY. “You want the room to be as dark as possible without it being dangerous,” he added. To achieve a dark room, he recommends using blackout curtains — curtains that block out light to help you sleep through the night.
Their benefits go beyond the bedroom. Blackout curtains are designed to reflect the majority of UV rays that hits it, reducing unwanted solar heat from entering your home.
We searched for bestselling and top-rated blackout curtain options available online. From Amazon to Bed Bath and Beyond, this list will help you find the perfect set of blackout curtains for your home.
Bestselling blackout curtains
These AmazonBasics curtains have over 29,000 verified ratings and a 4.5-star average. They're designed to fit on any standard or decorative rod, and they're made with 100% polyester. The two-panel pack also comes with velcro strips to tie the curtains.
Available in over two dozen color options, these blackout drapes from Nicetown are designed to match the decor in any room in your home. Each package comes with two panels, and the silver grommets make them easy to install.
Block out every bit of sunlight with these double-layered curtain panels. While they're crafted to make your room pitch black, the brand also claims that they can reduce noise from outside.
Each BGment curtain panel has six metal grommets that make hanging easy. They're designed to block out over 85% of sunlight and they're insulated with high-density yarn for insulation.
If you have French doors leading to your bedroom, you can still experience total darkness with these blackout window coverings. They come in 11 colors and include velcro ties that will let some light into the room while giving you privacy.
Save money on your energy bill with these energy-efficient curtains. They're designed to reduce outside noise, block light and help your home stay cooler in the summer.
These solid blackout curtains are just as practical as they are stylish. Available in five mature colors, the thick polyester texture helps block plenty of light from the sun.
If you live in a loud area, these curtains may help you get a better night's sleep. They're made with thick, woven material that's designed to reduce noise and block light.
Add an elegant touch to any room with these blackout curtains from Wayfair. Crafted with 100% polyester, they have a transparent top layer and a solid blackout layer on the back.
These thermally-insulated curtains are made to reduce external noise and energy lost through your windows. Plus, they're available in seven cool geometric patterns!
These blackout curtains have a modern design that can go with nearly any home decor. The triple-weave fabric blocks out sunlight while providing a sophisticated design to any room.
These finely-woven panels combine utility and style. The blackout curtains are machine-washable and have top grommets that make them easy to install.
Maintain privacy and complete darkness with these polyester curtains. The texture of the material is designed to absorb heat, which helps keep your room temperature-controlled during the heat of the summer.
Need to add some decor to an otherwise basic room? These geometric curtains will bring some excitement to your home while keeping it cool and dark.
The Plaza curtains have an elegant, shiny look made from 100% woven polyester while the grommets have a distressed bronze finish.
This single panel curtain is machine-washable and easy to hang. It comes in eight colors and five lengths to fit any size window.
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This article was originally published on June 4, 2018.