A Naturally Lit Bedroom... or Total Darkness?

A Naturally Lit Bedroom... or Total Darkness?

Rachael Grad
Mar 18, 2013

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)

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