I'm an intermediate kid and being scared of every little sound I hear in the house is getting old and wasting precious sleeping time. Every time I'm in the sleep zone, I hear a sound like footsteps and doors close and people talking (not outside, it sounds like my brother or sister) and clicks and beeps and stuff. I know for sure everyone is asleep, but still.. and sometimes I see shadows and stuff. I know it's not real but no get scared for second then I can't help but think about it the whole night, then I can't sleep. I need help, but I can't see a doc or therapist. What else should I do besides that and telling myself it's my imagination?
I am in my 50s, and sometimes I struggle with the same thing! Some things I find helpful:
- Leaving a light on in the next room
- Running a fan
- Sitting up and reading until I am really sleepy
- Music or television on with really low volume
A lot of people find sleeping with a pet helpful. Maybe that is an option for you? Good luck.