Post # 1
At night I have to have a small light on on the landing because I get so disoriented if there is no light on in the house at all. My bedroom door is probably 5 steps from my bed but I would probably struggle to walk them sensibly. The main reason I like the light is for toilet trips in the night, but sometimes even lying in bed in a pitch black room will make me feel funny.
My husband on the other hand could navigate further than that with no problems at all in the absolute pitch black (he grew up in a place with no street lights).
Does anyone else feel like me or are you more like my husband?
Post # 3
I’m more like your husband. I do pretty in the well in the dark. I touch things I know don’t move, like a door jamb or furniture, and can get to where I’m going easily from there.
Post # 5
I am like your husband. Where I grew up was very rural California — You have no idea what DARK is until you live somewhere far, far, far outside a city! I am pretty well adept in the dark.
Post # 6
I do terrible in the dark. Not only is it disorienting for me but it’s terrifying too. Even in my TiNY basement suite, I must have a light on somewhere.
When it’s pitch black, my head spins and all I can think about is monsters. It’s pretty ridiculous actually but my childhood fear of the dark never left me.
We watched a movie in a classroom with no windows and teach turned the light off. I basically sat there and fought off tears. I don’t know what it is about the dark but I just can’t do it!
Post # 7
It makes me dizzy. Me and my mom went on an overnight tour of a haunted hospital (Waverly Hills, if you’re interested) and the bottom level is underground, so there’s literally no light. I was so sick and overwhelmed from the complete darkness, that I puked as soon as we got out to the car.
Post # 8
I’m opposite of you and like your husband (maybe worse). I get disorientated in bright light like full sun (or overly bright stores). It makes my eyes hurt and for sun (not store lights as much) it makes my eyes squint so much I can’t see anything with out really good dark sunglasses or a lot of painful forcing my eye open. In the dark I’m fine.
I’ve even had people tell me, especially when I was single, that I should leave my porch light on so when I come home I can see. I’d say “screw that, I can see fine, I’m not sure if the other guy can see in the dark! If the porch light is on I can’t see anything after walking up to it and he may be at an advantage.”.
But most people I know see better in the daylight/well lighted areas/even bright sunlight and vary from “prefer well lit” to “darkness is uncomfortable”.
Post # 9
I live in a rural area with no street lights (way out in the mountains) but it seems like the moon always comes in through my bedroom window. Actually, my bedroom has a whole bunch of windows. I get disoriented when there is no moon and I totally know what you mean how you feel funny lying in bed in the dark. Sometimes I feel like my soul (???) is falling through my bed, like past my body. Or like I’m moving when I’m not.
Post # 10
I navigate perfectly well in dark familiar territory (like our home) UNTIL SOMEONE LEAVES SOMETHING ON THE FLOOR where it does not belong, lol!
Sometimes this person is ME. The first day I brought in a dehumidifier, I of course walked straight into it and knocked it over that very night.
However, one time I woke up on the wrong side of the bed… literally. This was way back, when I lived alone and my bed was against the wall. I tried to get up and WHAM, out of nowhere, I got hit hard right in the face. Yep, I tried to get up by launching myself face-first into my wall.
Post # 11
I get disoriented in grocery stores. not the dark.
I think it’s the asiles, the white floors, and the bright lights.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I am like that with it being dark inside. I have no problem with it being dark outside. I grew up in a pretty rual area with no street lights etc…that’s fine. But inside I need a little light too. I think it’s worse for me because at night I usually don’t have corrective lenses on and I need them! Even trying to find my glasses on the nightstand can be difficult and I have a hard time focusing on anything when it’s pitch dark inside because there’s nothing to focus on, there’s no light. I typically need some sort of light source to focus on. When I stay in hotels I like to sleep next to the alarm clock because the display is enough light for me in those cases to focus on something, put my glasses on and be okay.