If you do not already have them, let me tell you about the wonders of using blackout curtains. These curtains are usually thick very opaque curtains that have the effect of blocking out light whether from outside in or inside out. They might have originated from the World Wars, I’m not sure of the history.
But let me tell you that these curtains are excellent from a beauty (and practical) point of view 😛
Because these curtains block out light (and correspondingly a lot of heat) they keep the interior of your rooms and house cooler. This is important here where its so hot and the sun is so bright all year round. It would be likely to be less important in a place that does not get a lot of sun. I also find that these heavier curtains help block out more sound too.
A cool, quiet and dark bedroom is perfect for getting a good night’s rest. Light and noise can mess with sleeping patterns. I find that ever since I put up my blackout curtains (hand me down from my sister) I have been getting better sleep, and am waking up in a more gradual manner instead of having the sun shine in my eyes. The converse of course, is that you may end up oversleeping 😛