Insomnia

Are you afraid of the dark?

 

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? If so, you may want to look into herbal insomnia supplements and perhaps ask yourself if you're afraid of the dark. According to scientists from the Ryerson University Sleep & Depression Lab, people who have insomnia may actually have an adult fear of the dark that is going untreated.

The researchers found that nearly half of the individuals in their study reported having poor sleep also reported a fear of the dark. When the scientists measured study participants' blink responses to sudden noise bursts in light and dark surroundings, they confirmed that these people were actually scared of darkness.

"The poor sleepers were more easily startled in the dark compared with the good sleepers," said Taryn Moss, the study's lead author. "As treatment providers, we assume that poor sleepers become tense when the lights go out because they associate the bed with being unable to sleep. Now we're wondering how many people actually have an active and untreated phobia."

So if you're an adult who is afraid of the dark, you are not alone.Talk to your doctor about ways to overcome this fear, and don't let this phobia keep you up at night any longer. 

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