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Mom's Dirt-Cheap Hack Buys Exhausted Parents a Priceless Extra Hour of Sleep

Just imagine: It's early on a Sunday, and you've finally decided to let yourself sleep in. All of a sudden, your rambunctious child runs through the bedroom door and bounces into your bed. So much for a restful morning! But what if we told you there's a way to trick your kid into thinking it's still nighttime? Thanks to mom-of-three Kathy Chandler, there is.

In a recent Facebook post, Chandler revealed a $5 hack that's almost guaranteed to get you a few more hours of blissful sleep: windscreen sunshades.

"Here's a great hack for all you moms out there whose kids wake up early because their bedrooms light up with early morning sunrises," Chandler wrote. "Kmart car windscreen shades. $5.00 each; come in silver, pink, and blue. Fit easy with suction cups that come with them and a bit of tape."

What a clever idea! And for just $5, you can't beat it.

"I've had mine up for well over a year now and my granddaughters sleep until 9-ish. Their parents can't believe it, as they usually wake up before 6!" Chandler told Kidspot.

Aside from fooling your kids into staying asleep just a little bit longer, these shades also have the potential to save you money in the summertime. Because the shades deflect heat, your home will feel cooler, which will keep you from cranking the air conditioner up to the highest setting. Another great pro? They're portable. If you're staying somewhere that lacks blackout blinds, just put up a few shades and you'll be good to go.

If you're not into the tin foil-esque style, you can always purchase a solid pair of blackout curtains on Amazon, but it'll cost you more than five bucks.

Every parent knows: When it comes to sleep, every precious minute counts. Here's to your kids getting just a few more moments of shut-eye each morning — and letting you do the same.

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