How do I get over my fear of sleeping alone?
September 8, 2010 2:14 AM Subscribe
How can I get over my fear of sleeping alone?
posted by heartofglass to Human Relations (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've always lived in houses packed full of people (family, then flatmates at uni, then friends later).
For one year, I lived with one of my grandmothers at her place - she would go out to teach in the evenings and often leave me on my own (I was nine years old) and I would head all of sorts of creaking noises and etc and would get absolutely terrified of sleeping on my own and since then, that has never left me.
Now I live with my boyfriend and he often travels, meaning I have to sleep on my own. I also get really scared (any kind of little noise, or even security, the fact someone may break in - event though my neighbourhood is safe) and get to a situation where I can't sleep until I am absolutely exhausted - often 2am, when I have to wake up at 7am to work. So in the end, I get even more tired, can't even think of going to the gym, etc.
Does the hive mind have any advice to get over this stupid fear? I need to be able to sleep on my own otherwise I might start having some serious trouble functioning during the day.