do you sleep with lights on?

Philippines
August 20, 2008 9:00am CST
i am very afraid of the dark and i'm not ashamed admitting it although my sister makes fun of me about it. i am already 26 years old and i still cannot sleep with lights off unles someone is embracing me. when my grandma died when i was about 17 years younger, i couldn't get to sleep until my sister is finished with her school projects. oi often sleep on tyhe table where she reviewed her notes. i hadn't changed since. and coz of that, i always sleep with lights on somewhere. do you also sleep with lights on?
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49 responses
21 Aug 08
i cant sleep when the lights is on.. i always turn off the light when i will sleep..
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• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hi dessrey, the last part of the respondents agress with you perfectly and i envy your whole lot. nonetheless, we each have our own paranoia and mine is total darkness. thanks for your response. happy lotting!
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
21 Aug 08
No I have to sleep witht he lights off. I like it completely dark as dark as you can get it.
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• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hats off to you baileycows. when my nightlights go off, i will run to you. if only to change my bulbs, huh. thanks for sharing too. happy posting.
• United States
20 Aug 08
I am not afraid of the dark, however, I cant stand not being able to see when I wake up. If someone is in my room, I want to see them. I leave just a small light on in the bathroom. Just enough to be able to see when I wake up, and it is dark.
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• Philippines
21 Aug 08
hi melissaruth1. thank you for shring this discussion with me. this in one whole week got me the most responses. i admire you for braving the dark and i hope i am the same. but no matter how i try to be a hero for myself i can't still yet. happy posting.
@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
21 Aug 08
ohhhh I sleep with lights off....I cant sleep with lights on.... When I put off light I think I have closed my eyes .....so dont get afraid of darkness.... You also try this thing when you put off your light just think that you have closed you eyes .....you wont be afraid of the dark than..... Yes one thing if you sleep with eyes open than it will not help you...because once you close your eyes you would have to face darkness......... Thanku Ganesh
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi ganesh. that was good for you to be able to think of the lights off as eyes closed. as for me the presence of the light gives me courage to close my eyes. you see even if i close my eyes if the lights were off, i could feel that sombody is looking at me behind the darkness. that really is my problem. anyway thank you for responding here. your insight, among with the others had given me possibilities which i can use to finally overcome my fear. till our next discussions..
@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
5 Oct 08
ohhh u r welcome ...... PRactice is slowly and slowly u will overcome this fear ...yes Thanks for your response and such a nice information... Happy Mylotting Take Care Ganesh
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 08
Hi dare2fail, I’m afraid of dark only while I’m alone in places which I’m not familiar or I first time to be there. I always would sleep with light on in a hotel room, relatives’ or friends’ house. There must at least have some light on inside the room, I then could feel easy and fall asleep, unless someone like my hubby or sister or niece is sleeping beside me. At home I usually like to sleep with light off. I'm not afraid to sleep in the dark even I'm alone in my bedroom. I feel more comfortable and relaxed to sleep in the dark. posting and take care.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
No, I don't but I used to. I used to leave the lights on when we sleep because my kids were still sleeping with us in our bedroom, when they were still small they canot sleep without lights. But now, not anymore. We're turning the lights off when we sleep and use instead a night lampshade.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi mjmlagat.. i see yur kids had already grown up. you must have your hands filled now taking care of them. in that respect, i thank you for still making time to do mylot and participate in this discussion. good day to everyone out there in your place. happy lotting!
@jeiyah_12 (1041)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
I'm just using a dip light while sleeping, I can't sleep with lights on. But when I'm afraid of some thing like cockroaches or I've seen a scary movie.. Definitely, I will sleep with my lights on until the morning. happy mylot!
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi jeiyah.. i see you are still affected with scary movies. and we are very much the same on that case. because i know the effect of watching movies on my sleep the following night, i decline to watch horror movies as much as i can. the last i watched in the cinema was more than a year already and i never have since braved watching even a DVD of any scary films. happy mylot, too, dear. enjoy your day!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
22 Aug 08
no i cannot sleep with lights on but for making love yes we use lights not just we imagine different hahaha.seriously only my little one cannot sleep with out light.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi bombshell. that was my most naughty response so far. haha. well i hope that your little one will start to learn to deveop courage to be in darkness, so as not to be 26 and still be afraid of it. thank you for your fun response. happy lotting!
• United States
21 Aug 08
LOL. I actually do sleep with the lights on sometimes. And I'm 30. So don't feel bad. My hubby works nights, so I'm usually on his sleep schedule, which means I'm normally sleeping in the day. But sometimes I get tired early and end up going to bed before the sun comes up. I usually turn the lights on. Oddly, not because I'm used to sleeping with the sunlight, but because I'm the only one home. I feel safer if I sleep with the light on in the bedroom than if I don't. I've noticed that if it's his day off and I go to bed earlier, I don't feel the need to turn a light on.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi mommabast. like you, i feel that light is my security at night. on the other hand, i think it's sweet of you to adjust your own sleeping clock with your hubby. thank you for sharing. hope we could share more discussions.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
21 Aug 08
I always sleep with lights switched off. I always want the darkest possible room to sllep otherwise I can not sleep. Whenever I am terrified or frightened then I sleep with the lights on. I think it is not embarassing to sleep with lights on. I think this is more of a habbit and yo should accept it.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi dropofrain. given the choice, meaning for me not to being afraid of darkness, i would rather have the lights off. i think that's more normal and healthy way of sleeping. however, i still have to overcome my fear so sleeping with lights off when i'm alone is still far-fetched. and yes, i have somehow accepted it though i'm still trying to develop the courage. good day to you pal!
@Ritz100 (1119)
• Spain
21 Aug 08
I always have a light on in the house as I live out in the countryside where there are no street lights, and unless there is a bright moon it is pitch black in my house at night. I have 5 dogs and 3 cats, so if I want to get up in the night to go to the bathroom or get a drink, I could trip over an animal and do myself a serious injury. And I am usually so disoriented when I awake that I can never find the lightswitch. So I have a distant light on, like in the hallway on a different floor, but it provides enough for me to see my way around safely.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi there ritz. that is a very ideal place where you live. at least for me, coz i laways wanted to live in a place like that since the time i graduated from high scholl and terribly missed the farm where i spent my childhood. you have plenty of pets with you and i see you also love them much, that dog in your avatar was simply adorable. i could remember on my gradeschool years, even if we turn the light on our room, at times, the lights were on also on the hallway for the same reason as you have mentioned. thanks for participating, good day ma'am!
@metalhalo (601)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I like sleeping in complete darkness. I have a seven year old so it can't be completely dark...but he's got his little nightlight. There's one in the bathroom too.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi there metalhalo. hello also to your son. it must be so cute to have a little nightlight beside a kid sleeping which his mother prepared for him. i could see how peaceful he can sleep knowing that you were also there for him. i notice here, that many also of the respondents leave light in the bathroom. thank you for sharing again. good day to you. (if you don't mind me sayig, you look beautiful in that picture of yours (",).
• United States
21 Aug 08
Before I was afraid of the dark where I would leave the hall light open. After I fall asleep my mom would close it. Now I close the door and close the lights outside because now im always the later sleeper. My method of going to bed without it having to be pitch black is to shut the computer, but there is still the light. Before it closes completely and is still in the shut down process I would jump onto my bed as fast as I can and pull the covers over my head.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
hi damlilass.. i could imagine you doing that pre-sleep habit and i can't help but smile. don't get me wrong, i also get myself a lot of bother just thinking of ways of not to have to do anything in darkness. just the thought of me getting on the bed in the dark is scarng me. and many times , i also have seek the comfort of my blanket to protect me from the fear. thank you so much for sharing. take care when jumping up your bed.
• India
21 Aug 08
No dear. dont be so scared of dark. i sleep with all the lights in off position. Please have courage and slowly-slowly try to sleep in the dark. In my view one can not have a sound sleep while the lights are on. You should get rid of such habit at the earliest & have sweet dreams and sound sleep
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
thank you so much shreya. i don't entirely sleep with lights glaring on me, when i'm not alone i'm okay with just the corner lamp. i have long started to try to get over it and at times i thought i can manage it however when my imagination takes over my will, im just helpless. thank you for sharing. happy posting.
• China
21 Aug 08
When I was a child,I slept with lights on.At that time,I heard some horrible stories.If I turned off the lights , I couldn't sleep.I was very afraid of the dark .However,things changed when I grew up.Now,I am 19 years old.I am not afraid of darkess any longer.On the contray,I must sleep with lights off.That's very funny.
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hi weiwei. i think that's very normal. i mean most of the time we outgrown our fears and even some of our beliefs. and interestingly we braved them like we didn't imagine we will. i too have learned to face upfront many of my weaknesses but darkness still gets me humbled. thank you for sharing.happy lotting.
@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
21 Aug 08
No way. I can't fall asleep with lights or even the tv on. I must have total darkness. How oculd you sleep on a table. That would be very uncomfortable!!
@usagi412 (39)
• United States
21 Aug 08
usually i don't sleep with the light on because it take me a longer time before i fall asleep. but sometime when my brother has some project to do i have to sleep with the light open. everyone has their own things and that is what make everyone special.
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
i agree with you there usagi. we have an almost the same experience, except that it was my sister who was doing her project and i waited all the time so we could sleep at the same time. our house then old with windows unsealed and i could imagine creatures watching me from the nearby trees. until now, i feel scared as i do then. thanks for responding. happy lotting.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I can't sleep with the lights on I turn all the lights off in the room I am in but I do leave a night light on in another part of the house so I can see when I go to the restroom. And I don't really know how useful that light is until the power goes out at night and I try to go to the restroom in the dark.
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hi chevee with four bright red hearts there! power going out at night, that need be fixed, i mean i couldn't go on like that. i could remember, we had electricity failure once at midnight and i went all the way to the nearest 24 hour establishment to calm myself. that was an almost sleepless night. thanks for sharing! happy lotting!
• Malaysia
21 Aug 08
i sleep with the lights off. cant really sleep with the lights on. however, if i'm alone in a hotel like on a business trip or something, i'll leave some lights on
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hi kevsgirl.. i guess we need lights at night for security wether it be for my fright or your personal assurance for your travels. i can't really imagine myself sleeping withou any light at all. creepy. thanks for your response. happy lotting!
@skenthal (1022)
• Turkey
21 Aug 08
baby sleeping - cute baby falls asleep
i used to when i was younger, but now i just like some sort of noise (like the TV, or even the humming of my computer). obviously theres light given off by both of those too. but i dont need like the full blown center lights. i cant sleep when its that bright. and besides, doesnt your body react to you sleeping with the lights on? im pretty sure youre body gives off less melatonin and so its harder for you to fall asleep. do you have problems falling asleep?
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
hi skenthal. i haven't noticed how my body gives off melatonin, but eversince i got the habit of sleeping with lights on, i never was uncomfortable. it's not necessarily a full-blown daylight upon me but enough to pacify my nerves. thanks for responding. is that your baby there? cute little baby, huh.