Why do Love Islanders wear sunglasses in bed?

Georgina Smith
Mimii wearing sunglasses on Love Island

Love Island UK season 11 is well underway, but many eagle-eyed viewers have noticed the islanders wearing sunglasses in bed. Why is that?

The 2024 summer series of the hit reality show Love Island UK saw a brand new cast enter a luxury villa in Spain, and fans have been able to watch their interactions almost daily as the show progressed, keeping up to date with the latest romance and inevitable drama.

Viewers can watch clips of the contestants from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep, and if you’ve paid attention to the morning segments, you may have noticed that many of them wear sunglasses in bed.

Plenty of fans have been baffled by this seemingly bizarre fashion choice, but there’s a good reason that they wear them.

Why do Love Islanders wear sunglasses in bed?

The reason that contestants choose to wear sunglasses in bed when they first wake up, is that the lights in their shared bedroom are so bright.

2021 contestant Aaron Francis was asked by a fan on TikTok how they wake up straight away when the lights are on, and he responded: “Yo, I don’t think you guys understand how bright those lights are. Like, they are blindingly bright. That’s why everyone’s wearing sunglasses in the morning.

“I used to watch previous series and be like, ‘Why are they wearing sunglasses in bed?’ Now I know why, it’s bright, and yeah, wakes you up immediately I promise.”

Main episodes of Love Island air every night except Saturday on ITV2, and you can catch up on episodes you’ve missed on ITVX.