First Brad and Lauren tried curtains. Then they papered over their bedroom windows. They also tacked up sheets. But they couldn’t get the room dark enough for that quiet, sound sleep Lauren needed after finishing a 12-hour shift as a night nurse. And Brad, although he doesn’t work nights, was sensitive to street light filtering through the blinds.

Watch as Brad installs his new blackout window inserts

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“When I sleep, I like it as pitch-black as possible,” he said. “Any light can be disruptive. There are enough clinical trials out there now that show the value of a good night’s sleep and show that darker rooms produce a more restful night.”

Life was also loud for Brad and Lauren. A care facility down the street from their Portland home meant regular ambulance sirens. Neighbors’ parties. Fireworks on occasion. Trains. There was also the ba-boom and beeping of garbage trucks early on Monday mornings.

“Anything you could possibly think of living in a city we used to hear,” he said. “We had front row seats to all the action.”

One night, Brad could hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaky downspout. He moved from room to room in his house to escape the sound so he could sleep. The only quiet space was the living room, which had the traditional, transparent Indow Window inserts.

That decided it. The couple installed blackout window inserts in their bedroom so they could have darkness as well as quiet. Like all Indow Windows, they are laser-measured so they fit perfectly in older, out-of-square windows. And they’re edged with a patented compression tubing so they simply press into place without any destructive hardware. They chose Acoustic Grade, which blocks up to 70 percent of noise, for extra sound reduction.

“You don’t have any light getting through them at all,” said Brad. “And now we can barely hear the outside world.”

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