Nearly 1/4 British Adults admit they sleep with the light on because they're afraid of the dark

Surprising stats show nearly 1 in 4 number  (23%) of British adults admit they sleep with a light on because they’re scared of the dark.
A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut found that 42% of Brits sleep with a light on, with 23% admitting to being afriad of the dark.
For the most part, this is due to Brits feeling nervous of intruders in their home (65%). But a staggering 47% of British adults who sleep with a light on claim being spooked by TV dramas and true crime documentaries also contribute to this, such as Luther and The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Interestingly, 20% would check the entirety of their room for intruders before getting into bed while 18% of which even admitted to checking their wardrobes and cupboards before they felt settled for a night’s sleep.
Perhaps more unusually 8% would even check for monsters under the bed.
The corridor or hallway light was the most likely to be left on to comfort Brits settling in for the night, with 59% of those who slept with the light on leaving this on. While 28% admit they sleep with their bedside lamps on to feel safer, 11% would even leave the main light on when they went to sleep.
Leaving the blinds open (23%) and keeping the TV on (21%) also appeared in the list.
Paul Garner, marketing director at LED Hut commented: “Whether it’s a fear of being alone, intruders or even darkness itself, it’s surprising to see how many British adults sleep with the light on and even claim to be scared of the dark.
“Often these are slightly irrational fears stimulated by television dramas or being home alone, however this can also be caused by deep-rooted issues relating to anxiety and those who are seriously struggling should seek professional advice so they can tackle the issue head on.”
Interestingly, it was women aged between 25-34 who were most likely to sleep with the light on (35%).
LED Hut is one of the UK’s largest online lighting stores selling a range of outdoor lighting from solar and wall lights to LED decking and flood lights. For more information, visit