alarm clock

All restless sleepers and insomniacs have their own special rituals for making their bedroom a sleep haven. Some crave the sound of white noise or ocean waves. Others choose aromatherapy such as the scent of lavender to help them drift off. Many find that making sure the bedroom is completely dark is the key to finding dreamland.

Lights Out Means LIGHTS OUT!
The pursuit of darkness doesn’t stop at buying blackout drapes and making sure there’s no light peeping under the door from the hallway. True sensory deprivation aficionados turn their alarm clock to face the wall or cover it with a cloth. They make absolutely sure there are no little lights visible anywhere in the room. This includes the power lights on the TV and DVD players. Those glowing red dots may not seem like much light to most people. But any visual distraction can make it tough for some folks to get to sleep. These people are looking for solutions to keep their bedroom electronics from disturbing them. This actually isn’t an uncommon problem.

Here are a few examples of people complaining about this dilemma:
From a yahoo query: Do you know of an alarm clock that does not light up?

“I can’t sleep with my stupid alarm clock shining all night! Even if I turn it around, the light reflects on the wall and bothers me. I can’t find an alarm clock/radio ANYWHERE that has a very low light or no light at all! Any suggestions or ideas? I don’t want to cover it up with anything…”

From an Amazon review:

“For me, the little lights on my DVD player even bother me”

One author on Unpluggd even wrote an article about how many electronic lights were polluting his bedroom. Here are just a few of the total of 16 light sources left on at night:

Laptops power button/light
DVR time and power button
TV power button
Air purifier options and power buttons

Read the comments on that article to see the lengths people go to when they need to cover up these power lights just to get some sleep.

Wouldn’t a TV lift be perfect gift for those of us who need a pitch dark bedroom? A push of a button makes the TV go “night-night” – along with the annoying little red lights. Then, the remote control with its glow-in-the-dark buttons could be tossed in the nightstand drawer to keep it from contributing to light pollution during the wee hours.