As much as we love natural light in the home
and in all the gorgeous bedrooms in our Bedroom Contest
this month, it's healthier to sleep in complete darkness. A friend of mine is moving her bedroom to the smallest, darkest room in her home because she sleeps better in pitch darkness.
Sleeping in a room with too much light can cause depression, according to this article in The Daily Mail
. Light in the bedroom can cause your brain to get confused between night and day because light inhibits the secretion of melatonin
(a sleep-promoting hormone). Even digital clocks and other glowing electronics can interrupt sleep.
I like my bedroom dark at night but not completely dark. Unlike my friend mentioned above, I enjoy waking up with natural daylight and want to have windows in my bedroom. Would you move your bedroom to the basement or to a room with no windows? Do windows in the bedroom matter to you? I would miss waking up to sunlight.
Shown in the top image is the bedroom with natural light in Anna & Dan's White House Laundry Loft. The bottom photo is the windowless basement guestroom in Will's Toronto Townhouse Revisited.
(Images: as linked above)