Well, I guess I knew I wasn't the only one, but it's still nice to read all your responses. I'm afeard' of the dark, too. These days I'm afraid of the bad guys from the evening news. But when I was a kid I was afraid of the monsters and unreal things. I think when I was 4 or 5 y.o. there was a witch who lived under my bed, who'd cut off my fingers and elbows and bbq them on a mini bbq if I didn't sleep on my stomach, legs and arms straight, hands under my body. I'd stifle under the covers rather than have my face exposed, some nights.
Then I saw the Exorsist, and, well, I was a mess for quite a while after that.
Being afraid of the dark is very primal. It's a basic instinct and it kept our ancient ancestors alive long enough to get us here.
BUT, in my not so humble opinion, if your fear is making you miserable, you deserve help. Don't minimize it because of some unrealistic notion that only children are allowed to be afraid of the dark. I am being treated for a mood disorder and clinical (debilitating) anxiety. Well, after I started treatment, among other things I noticed my fear of the dark deminished quite a bit. I was fearful and anxious regardless of what was going on prior, and it's not so bad anymore.
Dh is going out of town for 3 days at the end of September. I soooo look forward to having the whole bed to myself!
But I know the nights are going to be a little difficult.