Overcoming insomnia

How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: April 11, 2017
How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone

It may be hard to believe but, for some adults, sleeping is a complicated thing. Fear of sleeping alone can cause sleep deprivation and reduce the sufferer's quality of life. A large part of overcoming the fear of sleeping alone is to find the root cause of the fear. Perhaps unconsciously you are scared of the dark, or even the 'sandman'. If you are afraid of the dark or have a phobia, you can make the room as bright as possible without interfering with sleep patterns. In this oneHOWTO article we give you advice about how to overcome fear of sleeping alone by telling you about a series of routines and recommendations that will help you rest overnight.

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  1. Decide what you want
  2. Do not sleep during the day
  3. Go to bed early
  4. Be patient
  5. Call for backup
  6. Add some music

Decide what you want

The first step to overcome fear of sleeping alone is to find a good routine for bedtime. A few hours before bedtime you should relax your body and mind relax so to eliminate anxiety and fear; for example, eat a moderate amount of food for dinner, watching only fun things on the TV, read a funny book or have a nice bath. In this article we reveal what to eat to sleep well.

You should also establish a morning routine; for example, you can do some light exercise while listening to your favorite songs. Knowing what you like and what you want can help you establish a good routine. If you are not sure and become disorganized before bedtime you are more likely to be afraid of sleeping alone.

How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone - Decide what you want

Do not sleep during the day

If you have trouble sleeping alone at night, you should avoid naps. Struggling to sleep while you are being affected by fear is not something you want. If you are feeling especially tired during the day you must do something exciting; do not watch television on the sofa as you could easily fall asleep.

Feeling a little tired and cranky at night is better than being distracted and awake. If you are sleepy and tired you will be lacking the energy to engage with the fear.

How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone - Do not sleep during the day

Go to bed early

When you go to bed early you will be more likely to hear outside noises like traffic and the sounds of your neighbors talking. These sounds will help you realize that you are not alone. Going to bed early is much easier if you did not have a nap earlier in the day, as you will feel tired at night. For adults affected by a fear of sleeping alone, an early bedtime is a big step for a more pleasant sleep.

Be patient

Despite your efforts, falling asleep can still be difficult. Maybe you have had a bad day or you feel some physical discomfort. Maybe you moved to a new property and you feel like you are sleeping in a strange house. If you have tried everything to sleep better and still can not do this then you must be more understanding and have patience with yourself. Give yourself enough time to allow the stress to decreases.

How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone - Be patient

Call for backup

Ask some friends to join you at weekends. Tell a friend about your problem and receive advice to help you eliminate fear. You will feel stronger if you know that someone is supporting you. Some women may also have trouble sleeping alone when their husbands are working on night shifts. If this is the case, ask your spouse for help.

Add some music

A little noise will help reduce the fear of sleeping alone. While people with insomnia often listen to music that resembles the sound of nature, in your case it may be necessary to reproduce the sound of people talking. Turn on the TV, select a 24-hour news channel and adjusts the volume. It is likely you will get bored and fall asleep with ease.

Reading a book right before going to bed will also make you fall asleep easily.

How to Overcome Fear of Sleeping Alone - Add some music

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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