Help, I’m still afraid of the dark: Embracing the night for adults

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Many children find it impossible to sleep without a light on, but the darkness also raises all sorts of issues for many adults, too. What’s behind this prolonged fear, and – beyond a night light – is there anything that can help? First of all: Accept your fear. It’s completely normal. After all, it is unsettling to not be able to see your surroundings properly, or at all. “It is a naturally conditioned reflex to become afraid,” says psychiatrist Katharina Domschke from Freiburg University Hospital in southern Germany. Unfortunately, for some it doesn’t always remain a temporary feeling of unea…

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