are you scared to be home alone?

Not uncomfortable at all. I've lived alone for most of my adult life. Also with my job I'm alone in hotel rooms in random cities all the time. I'm much more uncomfortable if someone is with me lol!!
Originally Posted by texascurly
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I've gotten better about it over the past 16 months so now I have trouble sleeping when my husband's here. My dog hears every little thing so I feel like she protects me.
I don't mind being alone in my house at night, but I don't like sleeping alone. When DH travels, I put the TV on its timer so that I can fall asleep while watching it, sort of like when he's home.
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You know whats funny, I feel more comfortable in apartment buildings. I feel like there are so many apts that there is less of a chance of someone picking mine to break into.

And because there are people all around me. Plus if I hear a noise, I can assume it's a neighbor. In my house I'm like, what was that?
Having to walk a dog outside at night when I could otherwise be snug inside my locked house, does NOT make me safer.
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I'm not afraid to be home alone at all, but I HATE walking outside at night to walk the dog.
You know whats funny, I feel more comfortable in apartment buildings. I feel like there are so many apts that there is less of a chance of someone picking mine to break into.

And because there are people all around me. Plus if I hear a noise, I can assume it's a neighbor. In my house I'm like, what was that?
Originally Posted by iroc
thats totally me. we just moved from an apartment to a townhome and ive never been more terrified in my entire life! we live in a good neighborhood, the back gate has a lock and is very loud, even if the back gate is left unlocked we have motion sensor floodlights and on top of all that we have CPI and visible CPI signs on the front yard. im actually just as scared even if im not home alone. im a scaredy cat.
No, not afraid. Though I do like to sleep with my bedroom door closed. It's not locked and I know it wouldn't keep anyone else out if it were, but I don't like sleeping with that open "gap" there in the dark, if that makes any sense.

I have two dogs, so I think I would get fair warning if anyone were to try to break in. They are decent sized dogs with deep barks, so even though i don't think they'd do a lot of defending, they sound serious and that's usually enough to discourage intruders.

Iroc, why don't you just get a burglar alarm?
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I'm usually OK until it's time to go to bed. I have a hard time sleeping alone.
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No. I've lived alone for a very long time. You get used to it. If you don't have a chance to get used to it, you won't. Like anything else.

I got a bit freaked out and couldn't sleep when a crime happened to me recently. But I took some reasonable precautions and now I'm back to feeling comfortable again.
No, not afraid. Though I do like to sleep with my bedroom door closed. It's not locked and I know it wouldn't keep anyone else out if it were, but I don't like sleeping with that open "gap" there in the dark, if that makes any sense.
Originally Posted by fig jam
Yes, I have this too. I don't really understand why. My bedroom closet door has to be closed as well.
Not uncomfortable at all. I've lived alone for most of my adult life. Also with my job I'm alone in hotel rooms in random cities all the time. I'm much more uncomfortable if someone is with me lol!!
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Originally Posted by gekko422
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And I agree that apartment buildings can feel much safer for single people living alone. Larger ones have other nice benefits too, such as friendly neighbors, doormen, etc..

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No, not afraid. Though I do like to sleep with my bedroom door closed. It's not locked and I know it wouldn't keep anyone else out if it were, but I don't like sleeping with that open "gap" there in the dark, if that makes any sense.
Originally Posted by fig jam
Yes, I have this too. I don't really understand why. My bedroom closet door has to be closed as well.
Originally Posted by wild~hair

same here. blinds down, closet closed and door closed. im not worried about robbers. i just heard too many boogieman stories when i was young and now its more of a habit...yeah thats it.

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Every little noise will freak me out if it's just a once in a while staying alone thing. My husband had to work overnight one last week and I was so freaked out. I know the beginning of his deploy will be rough for me, but I will get used to being alone and then will be okay.


I live in an apartment building in a nice part of town that closely borders a bad part of town. I've lived alone for 5 years now and I'm really not afraid. I did have (maybe?) an attempted break-in at my old apartment when I first lived there and was freaked out for a few days. Other than that I've always felt very comfortable. I might feel a little less comfortable in a free-standing house, though. I hate going outside alone at night at my parents' house.
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Yes, kind of. When I go home on college breaks and my parents are at work, I get a bit paranoid. I live in a pretty safe neighborhood (basically elderly people and a few younger families), but my house is also right next to the woods and is surrounded by trees. Plus it's a colonial home, so it's often "settling" at random times of the day, making me even more jumpy! But that's during the day. During the night, my parents are home and I'm fine! Call me sheltered/wimpy, but it is what it is.
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I like it --- I find it peaceful. It's fun to sleep beside another person (if he's a calm sleeper and I'm cold), but I'm like w~h; comfortably used to it. I try to make sure I lock the door before I go to bed, but not sure I always remember.

And I have walked the dogs at night, or so early in the morning it's still dark. I kind of like it; so quiet, and the sky is so clear. Once I even saw a shooting star.

(I didn't like it this morning, though, when hunting season started. Then we hustled our doggie butts right back inside!)
Not uncomfortable at all. I've lived alone for most of my adult life. Also with my job I'm alone in hotel rooms in random cities all the time. I'm much more uncomfortable if someone is with me lol!!
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I like it --- I find it peaceful.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
This. DH and I find it more and more difficult to get a decent night's sleep in the same bed. I'm a light sleeper; he's a snorer and is restless...bad combo. If he's away for more than one night, I don't usually sleep too well the 1st night, then I'm fine. I'm always cautious - I keep the doors locked and the alarm set - but I'm not paranoid. We've always lived in safe, rural places. That probably makes a difference even though I'm not so naive that I think bad things don't happen everywhere. Up until recently I also felt my dog would definitely alert me if anyone tried to get in. However, she's just lost her eyesight - poor thing is blind as a bat, and it happened so quickly - and I don't think she would be much of an alarm anymore.
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Yes, kind of. When I go home on college breaks and my parents are at work, I get a bit paranoid. I live in a pretty safe neighborhood (basically elderly people and a few younger families), but my house is also right next to the woods and is surrounded by trees. Plus it's a colonial home, so it's often "settling" at random times of the day, making me even more jumpy! But that's during the day. During the night, my parents are home and I'm fine! Call me sheltered/wimpy, but it is what it is.
Originally Posted by Sweet_dreams11
The bolded reminds me of when I lived in Maine. Sometimes at night I would hear things in the woods, but it was just wildlife of one kind or another (some pretty large).

When a kind of wimpy friend of mine came to stay with me, he dragged his mattress from the guest room at the back of the house and slept on the LR floor. I asked him why next morning, and he said he wasn't going to sleep right next to the woods --

Of course, this was right after the summer "The Blair Witch Project" came out, so that might have had something to do with it!
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I sleep A LOT better now than I did in the city; country night noises soothe or interest me, while city noise was just annoying.

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