Why is darkeness so important for sleep? Zzzz 💜

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a unicorn baby, for most parents getting your little one to sleep can at times be tougher than playing a game of Jenga on a rollercoaster. But don't fret, because we've got the scoop on how to create a dark room to help your baby catch some Zzzz’s.

Firstly, darkness is key in regulating the body's sleep-wake cycle, AKA the circadian rhythm. Bright lights, especially blue light, can throw off this cycle and make it trickier for your baby to fall and stay asleep. By creating a dark room, you're letting your baby's body naturally produce melatonin, the sleep-promoting hormone.

On top of regulating the circadian rhythm, a dark room can also help to calm down overstimulated babies. Your little one can be easily overwhelmed by their environment, making it harder for them to snooze. By cutting out any visual distractions and creating a cosy, dark atmosphere, you're setting the stage for some quality shut-eye.

So, how do you create a dark room fit for a tiny human? Check out these tips:

  • Invest in some blackout curtains or blinds: These will keep any pesky external light from peeking through and create the perfect sleepy setting. Browse our range of Porta Fox blackout blind options via our online shop
  • Get a white noise machine: White noise is like a lullaby for babies, helping them drift off and blocking out any outside noise that could ruin their slumber. We highly recommend the Glow Dreaming unit. 
  • Say bye-bye to screens before bedtime: As we mentioned earlier, blue light can really mess with your baby's sleep-wake cycle. So put down the phone, step away from the TV, and avoid any screens before bedtime.

A dark room is a must-have for your baby's sleep. It helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle, soothe overstimulation, and create a comfy, relaxed environment for your little one. With these tips, you'll be able to create the ultimate sleep zone and ensure your baby gets the restful sleep they need to grow and thrive.

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