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Sleeping With The Light On

Pete

When I was a very young child, I hated sleeping in the dark. It wasn't necessarily that I was afraid of the dark but I just didn't like the fact that there were not any lights on. I used to beg my parents to turn the lights on at night and then leave them on, and many times they obliged. Although they would come in and turn them off at some time during the night, I rarely ever woke up and recognize the fact that they were off.

As I got a little bit older, I began to dislike having a light on in the room more and more. I found it to be disturbing my sleep, especially whenever I hit my 30s and early 40s. Although I have not slept with the light on in years, anytime I fell asleep with the light on it would always interrupt my sleep enough that I would have to get up and turn it off. I credited this to the fact that I was not sleeping as well as I used to whenever I was younger, and even the slightest noise would wake me.

It was then that I had a great idea that I would put a timer on the light so that it would automatically turn off at a specified time. This worked for a little while but as it turns out, my bright idea didn't last for very long. This is because whenever it did turn out in the middle of the night all the electricity was cut to the light. There were several times whenever I woke up and needed to turn on the light in order to find something or else just to have a little bit of light as I walked around the bed across the room. After stubbing my toe a few times, I decided that I would try a different method altogether.

For a while, I decided that I was going to wear a mask over my eyes in order to make everything black so that I was able to sleep soundly. In this way, I was able to keep a light on in the room but at the same time, was able to sleep without too many problems. This became difficult because I tend to be rather restless whenever I sleep. I can't tell you how many nights I woke up with the mask halfway around my head, or uncomfortably tangled in my hair. This also became a problem when I got married, since my wife could not sleep with the lights on in the bedroom.

I finally decided that I am going to sleep with the light on, although I did switch to a small plug-in light that threw most of the light that came off down towards the floor. This allowed me enough light to get across the room without stubbing my toe while at the same time, not keeping me up at night because of the additional light in the room. I find it rather odd and amusing that a later time in my life, I have pretty much gone full circle and have gone back to sleeping with the light on again.