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Be honest: do you prefer to sleep with the light on?

A new survey has revealed there's a rather strong chance you might...
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 05-03-2019 14:00pm

New research has found an astonishing 42% of Brits sleep with their bedroom light on.

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The study, which saw 1,000 UK adults quizzed by LED Hut, found almost a quarter (23%) of people are afraid of the dark.

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Of those, 65% admit it's a fear of potential intruders that spooks them the most, with close to half (47%) suggesting true-crime documentaries were partly to blame for their desire to keep the light on. 

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So extreme is their fear, in fact, that a fifth of those surveyed said they check their bedroom for unexpected guests before they get into bed, with 18% even checking inside cupboards and wardrobes to make sure there are no nasty surprises hiding inside them.

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The hallway light is the one most likely to be switched on (according to 59% of Brits, at least), with 28% revealing they prefer to keep a lamp in their bedroom switched on whilst they slumber.

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Just over one-in-ten (11%) leave their main bedroom light on each night, whilst 21% like to sleep with the television switched on.

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Speaking about the findings, Paul Garner, marketing director at LED Hut, observed: "Whether it’s a fear of being alone, intruders or darkness itself, it’s surprising to see how many adults sleep with the light on – claiming to be scared of the dark. Often these are slightly irrational fears stimulated by television dramas or being home alone. However this can be caused by deep-rooted issues relating to anxiety".

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Top image: pendant lighting from Bert Frank; photography by Paul Craig.

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Katie Byrne


Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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