scared to sleep in a empty apt

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I ever hear a creepy noise at night, I just tell myself what it logically could have been and I calm down.  I also close all the doors to the room I’m in.  That’s more because I don’t like open spaces staring at me in the dark, though.  Ha.  

I would find a good book to read and just read it until you fall asleep.  

Post # 4
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used to get that way in my old apartment…I would borrow my brother’s dog for the night and watch disney movies until I fell asleep! usually with a glass of wine!

Post # 6
1109 posts
Bumble bee

I had to get used to living alone after I got my own apartment six months ago. My FI and I are in a LDR, so I didn’t have much choice.

I just reassure myself that my door deadbolts will do their job, and if not I have all of the pointy shoes in my bedroom if I need a weapon.

Post # 8
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If I start to feel creeped out, I just listen to music or an audiobook to drown out any creaking noises and bribe my cat with treats to come sleep on the bed :). Then I sprawl across the entire bed and enjoy being able to sleep as spread eagled as I want for once! 

Post # 9
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yup. I hate spending the night alone.

I usually read a book until I’m so tired I just fall asleep. I also use my body pillow and his pillow to create a bit of a nest which comforts me for some reason. 

Post # 10
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@marinewife4:  If you have a big dog, then you won’t be alone.  Calm down!  

Post # 11
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

OMG this was me just about 6 months ago, except it was our new house.

My husband works 2nd shift so I was alone until about midnight, and I had to go to bed around 10. Since I (embarassingly enough) never lived on my own before, it was TORTURE! Every little sound scared the SHIT out of me. For the first two weeks, I think I only slept about 2 hours each night.

I won’t lie – it was awful for me. I have a really overactive imagination and I am really high-strung so ….. yeah…..

BUT it did get better. We have a dog and he was a big comfort (not sure if that’s an option for you in an apartment, though).

I also stopped with the TV/smart phone/lap top at least a half an hour before I went to bed. That way my brain could “shut down.” 

You could try some chamomile tea (I like Sleepy Time), or buy some melatonin from the drugstore. Reading also sometimes helps me.

Just try and relax and maybe do some deep breathing as you lie in bed. Concentrate on something else – re-live a favorite memory, think about a favorite movie, or count sheep or something. (I do stupid stuff in my head like try and think of a city that starts with the letters A-Z til I doze off lol).

You WILL eventually get used to it, I promise. It took me about 2-4 weeks.

Just be patient.

And don’t be afraid to use a night light. I am not embarassed to admit I have one. hahahaha.

Post # 13
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m a scaredy cat.  So I always sleep with the TV on when my honey is away.  I turn the channel to TV land, so that nothing scary comes on in the middle of the night.  I also leave the hall light on and make my furbabies snuggle in the bed with me.  

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I put the tv on HGTV (no scary commercials and they play their own shows all night–so no surprise programming), turn down the brightness, and sleep on the couch!

And before I was pregnant, I’d enjoy myself a goblet or two of wine!

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