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Do you (or someone you know) sleep with the bedroom lights turned on?

Asked by JackAdams (6536points) September 4th, 2008

I was dating this wonderful woman who asked me to spend the night with her (her aparment had been burglarized, recently) and she insisted on her nightstand lamp being on all night, claiming that she always slept that way. (I slept on her couch in the living room.)

The next day, we compromised. I bought her a red lightbulb to use in her lamp, so she had a light on all night (as she preferred) and I had no blinding-white light, to interfere with my own sleep.

It worked out, beautifully.

So, tell me if you or someone you know, cannot sleep in total darkness.

September 4, 2008, 12:31 PM EDT

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robmandu's avatar

I’d sleep with the light on, too… if you were at my house.

You: Um, you sleep with your light on all night?

Me: Er… ya-a-a-hhhh… that’s right. Always have. And with the bedroom door locked. With a gun under my pillow.

You: Golly. How ‘bout getting a red lightbulb?

Me: Well, okay. So… on an unrelated note… when you going back home?

JackAdams's avatar

I would never sleep in kennel.

September 4, 2008, 1:03 PM EDT

sarapnsc's avatar

What was the purpose of you having to stay over, if she still kept the night light on? Apparently, she still didn’t feel safe with you in there. ROFL

Just giving you a hard time…I think that was nice of you. I don’t sleep with a light on, unless I watch a scary movie, like the “Grudge” at night. I don’t watch scary movies at night anymore.

marinelife's avatar

I never sleep with lights on. I cover the light on from my clock radio, close the doors to other rooms to avoid light leak, close the blinds tightly.

One reason we are sleep deprived, per scientists, is too much ambient light at night.

JackAdams's avatar

@sarapnsc: If you knew how ultra-fantastic I was in bed, you would not ask such a question of me.

Women just can’t resist my charm, I guess…

September 4, 2008, 1:30 PM EDT

sarapnsc's avatar

Apparently she resisted your charm, you slept on the couch!!!!! (By your own admission)!!!!! LOL, LOL, LOL

Allie's avatar

One of my friends sleeps with the hall light on and her door wide open.
Personally, I like it pitch black. No lights at all.

JackAdams's avatar

@sarapnsc: And by my own choice, because of her white light being on.

But, there is more to the story…

September 4, 2008, 1:41 PM EDT

wildflower's avatar

I often sleep with the lights on – of course it’s usually because I don’t admit I’m tired, so I stay up, watching telly or puttering on the puter until sleep just sneaks up on me….

aeterna's avatar

i leave the computer screen on, perfect amount of light and it goes off at the perfect time, just when im falling asleep.

McBean's avatar

I sleep much better when it’s dark. I’m always reminded of that when I stay at a hotel and the blackout drapes allow me to sleep in far longer than I am able to at home in my east-facing bedroom with slightly skewed shutters.

I do have a friend who says she sleeps with her master bathroom light on and door just slightly ajar.

autumn43's avatar

I used to sleep with the light on in the closet. But it was when my kids were younger and if they came in the room in the middle of the night, I wanted them to be able to see where they were going.

JackAdams's avatar

@McBean: You wrote “I do have a friend who says she sleeps with her master bathroom light on and door just slightly ajar.”

So, how long has your friend had a “master?”

September 4, 2008, 5:36 PM EDT

McBean's avatar

JA, my friend is her own master. :-)

chyna's avatar

I sleep with a light on in my bedroom. I guess it’s because if someone breaks in, I can see them as they shoot me.

JackAdams's avatar

@chyna: If your light is on, then the shooter can see WHERE TO SHOOT, a lot easier.

In total darkness, you are a more difficult target to see.

September 4, 2008, 6:15 PM EDT

chyna's avatar

@jackadams: Thanks, I hadn’t thought of that. Now I’ll never sleep again.

JackAdams's avatar

I’m here to help…

September 4, 2008, 6:51 PM EDT

autumn43's avatar

If you have a skylight, you have natural light coming in, and that can be awesome. However, if you have a brass bed under the skylight, make sure to “ground” it for a lightning storm by putting sneakers under each bed post.

MacBean's avatar

I often sleep with the lights on but it’s only because I read myself to sleep and I keep on reading until I doze off literally in the middle of a sentence.

JackAdams's avatar

That has certainly happened to me, a lot.

September 4, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT

JackAdams's avatar

The “blackout drapes” mentioned by McBean, reminded me of the ones I saw, when I visited my friend’s home in an Anchorage suburb, in June, 1992.

Sunset was at 1 AM, and sunrise was at 3 AM, then.

Those thick drapes certainly came in handy!

September 5, 2008, 2:12 AM EDT

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