Hi everyone, my name is Jack and I'm 22 years old. For some reason I'm truly fear of dark.
I'm truly afraid of dark. Whenever I sleep alone, I sleep with all the lights on. It's not just a little night light, but majority of the lights in the apartment has to be on. Otherwise I couldn't sleep.
For some reason, when it's night time, I'm afraid. When I lay in my bed in the dark, I have fearful thoughts. All the alines, ghost stories, bloody scary movies comes into my mind. My heart starts pumping fast, my hand starts to sweat, and I became really really afraid. I know it sounds funny and stupid, but I just can't sleep in the dark. (I can sleep in the daytime, and not being afraid.) No matter how tired I was, I just can't sleep in the dark. Because of this, I no longer watch any tv shows that's relates to alien sighting, murder stories, or anything graphic topics.
However, if there was somebody else in the apartment, I can sleep in the dark. (ex, some friend sleep on the couch.) I still have hard time to get to sleep, but I wouldn't be as afraid when I'm sleeping alone.
I could watch any scary movie or graphic tv show and not have any feeling in the daytime. But at night, these images comes into my mind and scares the crap out of me.
I know some kids can't sleep at night because of "monster in the closet." But I"m an adult, and this are images in my mind.
I really didn't have this kind of problem when I was a kid. It developed over the last 2 or 3 years.
How do I fix this? Why am I so fearful of dark?