A staggering 64 per cent of British adults admit they are STILL scared of the dark, according to a new study by Bensons for Beds.
Researchers discovered that nearly two thirds of the nation dislike putting the lights out at bedtime, while 36 per cent regularly get the feeling someone or something is in the room with them.
As many as one in five (20 per cent) of the 2,000 adults polled by sleep experts Bensons said they regularly check under the bed for lurking monsters and close cupboard and wardrobe doors before they get into bed.
The new poll comes a week after the John Lewis Christmas advert which sees loveable Moz the Monster befriend little boy Joe after he sets up home under his bed.
But according to Bensons’ research, not everyone is expecting a friendly Moz-like monster as the average ADULT wakes up at least twice a month feeling scared that something creepy and untoward is hiding in the room.
In fact, 22 per cent of the nation confessed they don’t like to poke their foot out from underneath the duvet in case something grabs them.
Henry Swift, Chief Customer Officer at Bensons said: “This research highlights that some of the fears and insecurities we have as children, stay with us well until adulthood.
“Whilst it’s sensible to double and triple check doors and windows are locked securely, there is probably little need to check the wardrobe or under the bed for monsters, but at some point we have all felt nervous during the night when we hear a floorboard creak or can’t make out a shadow clearly.
“At Bensons we are dedicated to making sure our customers sleep well, whether it’s finding the perfect mattress, or making sure the bed doesn’t add to any extra creaking noises we’ll do all we can to make you feel safe from anything that might go bump in the night!”
The survey showed 18 per cent of parents have even hopped into bed with their children as they were too scared to sleep alone.
Not surprisingly, nearly half (48 per cent) said they have an over active imagination with a quarter of adults believing they have seen a ghost in their bedroom and 17 per cent said they have been witness to a creature or monster in their room.
The survey also showed that 53 per cent of women are scared to be in the house alone compared to 25 percent of men while four in ten adults regularly peer out from behind the bedroom curtains to check no one is lurking outside.
When it comes to worrying about things that go bump in the night, the most common time for adults to become alarmed is 2:30am, but there is certainly safety in numbers as one in five adults even drag their other half to the toilet with them if they have to spend a penny during the night.
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