It’s 2020 and it appears many tent brands now have dark, and almost black, bedrooms.
Coleman popularised the BlackOut Bedroom® tents a few years ago.
At first, it was a bit marmite; you either loved it or hated it.
We tried one of the first Coleman black-out bedroom tents, and it was very different from the usual tent bedroom. We’ve also used their more recent black-out bedrooms and found these really do make a difference.
Outwell tents have been making their bedrooms dark, and this year they have tents with really dark bedrooms. See the photo below.
And for 2020, Vango has introduced dark bedrooms into their range too.
So with all these dark bedrooms appearing in tents, why would you want one?
Why tent bedrooms are getting darker
Most families camp during the summertime. Even if the British summer is not always that sunny, it certainly does get light early in the morning. Much earlier than many would like to wake up.
This early morning sunlight brightens your tent and starts your body’s natural wake cycle.
And even if you can easily sleep through it, what about your kids?
As any parent knows, kids tend to sleep longer in the morning if they have black-out curtains or blinds in their bedroom. The same applies here in your tent.
As any parent knows, kids tend to sleep longer in the morning if they have black-out curtains or blinds in their bedroom.
So, even if you don’t feel the need to have a dark bedroom, your kids sleeping in one could reduce the chance of them getting you up at an ungodly hour.
The BBC reported a study that light at night may even cause obesity in women, though the article also went onto say that there may be no evidence for this and that more research is needed to see if black-out bedrooms are beneficial.
Should you get a tent with darkened bedrooms?
Well, whether the science is there or not, as parents we know kids sleep in longer with a dark bedroom. And so for that reason, even if you prefer light in your bedroom, getting a family tent with darker bedrooms may be a good idea.
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