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#1 Posted by HelpImUpsideDown (36 posts) -


#2 Posted by SamStrife (1282 posts) -

Good question. I can sleep through either pretty well to be honest; when I want to drop, I drop. Used to be a time when darkness trumped all but my room has a glow to it now because of electronics and what not that I can sleep through. It's still easier to sleep facing away from all the lights though. I have mastered over the years to sleep through any amount of noise, that isn't really a factor for me.

So even though I can sleep through most anything, if I had to choose I would say darkness is the bigger of the two factors, though I certianly wouldn't say it's the biggest factor when it comes to me being able to get to sleep.

#3 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

Silence. It`s 6:30 am and I probably won`t be going to bed for another few hours, so light isn't that big a deal. What fucks me over is when the other people I live with turn on the TV or start talking. I can`t help but focus my mind on trying to hear what`s going on down the hall and I can`t shut my brain off to sleep.

#4 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Silence. It's golden.

#5 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

Darkness. I almost prefer if there's a little bit of ambient noise (which makes living near a highway okay) but I will struggle to sleep if there's a bit too much light.

#6 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

Silence. And when I say silence, I mean it very literally. There are no clocks in my house because the ticking would keep me up. Sharing a bed can be a nightmare if she breathes too heavily. And the slightest out-of-place sound will disturb me in an instant. I'm probably the lightest sleeper I know, and have a very irregular sleeping pattern. From the age of 12 my family had to start booking me a separate hotel room to sleep in by myself, because I'd be awake all night if I tried sharing a room with them. When I do get married, I may have to look into some sort of sleep therapy or my lovely bride might find herself waking up alone most days. It's one of those things I've been meaning to attend to, but constantly delay.

But light itself isn't an issue, I can happily sleep during the day. That's why I'm often up throughout the night, like right now.

#7 Posted by rawrsair (821 posts) -

Hm, I'd say I would need silence more than darkness. It bugs me if I can hear my laptop fan etc or anything bumping around outside my room. I'm a pretty light sleeper so I wake to noise very easily.

#8 Posted by Capum15 (4903 posts) -

Darkness. I fall asleep listening to music each night so unless it's really loud, I can sleep just fine. I can also sleep when there's light (from the TV or, say, a streetlight), but I just prefer it to be dark.

#9 Posted by Morningstar (2165 posts) -

Silence. Any noise will keep me awake through the night.

#10 Edited by Nick (667 posts) -

I fell asleep standing on a packed bus once. When I woke up I was sitting down, the bus was completely empty, it was at my stop and the doors were open.

Also, I find the rain to be a great accompaniment to sleep.

#11 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

Silence. It`s 6:30 am and I probably won`t be going to bed for another few hours, so light isn't that big a deal. What fucks me over is when the other people I live with turn on the TV or start talking. I can`t help but focus my mind on trying to hear what`s going on down the hall and I can`t shut my brain off to sleep.

Yeah, you're on the same schedule as me. I'm sorry. lol

#12 Posted by DeF (4894 posts) -

I can fall asleep with my music blasting on all cylinders from my stereo but I prefer it to be dark so my eyes don't get distracted by things in the environment (ever analyzed the shape of a tree or something while trying to fall asleep?^^).

A different thing that would've been a more interesting option: warmth! I have to feel warm, either with sunlight or a nice blanket. The other two matter way less.

#13 Posted by StingerMK2 (386 posts) -

i just need to be tired, noise can be a little distracting but i can still fall asleep if im tired enough, light level doesnt matter to me at all when it comes to sleeping

#14 Edited by NTM (7383 posts) -

Darkness. I hate when the light is on, but if it's on and I'm half asleep, I don't really care too much. I'm used to hearing things when I try to sleep 'cause I often sleep during the day. And now, I will be especially since someone just had tried to break in. It's 3:00 AM and I have a few lights on and I'm watching Full House, kind of. The only time sound bothers me is if someone really turns the bass up. Actually, I guess it all really depends on when I fall asleep. If it's during the day, anything can go and I'll still be fine. If it's during the night, and hearing sounds I'm unfamiliar with can bother me, and light is rarely on other than a few.

#15 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

@DeF said:

A different thing that would've been a more interesting option: warmth! I have to feel warm, either with sunlight or a nice blanket. The other two matter way less.

I'll agree with that in winter, but only to the point of comfort. If it's too hot, I'll do anything I can to keep cool. Hence the "Do you turn over your pillow for the cool side?" question.

#16 Posted by DeF (4894 posts) -

@RPGeesus said:

@DeF said:

A different thing that would've been a more interesting option: warmth! I have to feel warm, either with sunlight or a nice blanket. The other two matter way less.

I'll agree with that in winter, but only to the point of comfort. If it's too hot, I'll do anything I can to keep cool. Hence the "Do you turn over your pillow for the cool side?" question.

haha awesome, I do that too! (turn the pillow for the cool side^^)

the things you learn ....

#17 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Uhh, darkness, I guess. I can fall asleep and stay asleep through anything though.

#18 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Consistence. I can sleep in any conditions as long as they don't change while I'm sleeping.

#19 Posted by Ninja_Welshman (485 posts) -

I need silence and coolness. I'm a shift worker so the time of day doesn't bother me but any irregular noise and I wake. Hence I jam ear plugs in when I'm off nights. Can be pretty annoying in the summer and the kids are off school.

#20 Posted by ShaggE (6459 posts) -

I don't need either, but silence (or music) is preferable. One thing that helps me sleep better than anything else is a cold room and a thick blanket. That feeling when you first bundle up and the chill dissipates is glorious.

#21 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Darkness as I usually have something playing on my TV when I fall asleep

#22 Posted by hoossy (934 posts) -

I like silence..... and by silence I mean the hum of my big box fan going. It circulates the air in my room and is quite comfortable to my ears.

#23 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

Darkness.

#24 Posted by N7 (3590 posts) -

Darkness. I run an air conditioner and fan, along with the TV on a sleep timer so I can enjoy Spongebob while I sleep, so noise isn't too bad, but I need to be dark and cold.

#25 Edited by cutyoface (545 posts) -

Darkness, I usually listen to music when i go to sleep.

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#26 Posted by Danteveli (1186 posts) -

silence

When I used to live with my roommate from Tajikistan it was hell because he was really loud in his language. Sadly he used to talk with his familly durnig nights thanks to different timezones. I couldnt sleep for weeks untill I got used to nightlife and started going out at 3 a.m to take walks and stuff.

#27 Posted by Daveyo520 (6768 posts) -

Silence if I had to choose.

#28 Posted by DFSVegas (354 posts) -

Both, but nothing is better than a pitch black room when trying to sleep.. I'd rather have a radio going, than a single ray of light.

Which is the main reason I resent the massive amount of LEDs in everything I own.

#29 Posted by Lysergica33 (523 posts) -

Neither. A complete lack of electronic presences is what I need to be able to achieve a truly restful sleep. If I have the computer on or the PS3, or the TV, or some form of glowing lights (the one on my external soundcard is a big culprit here, it's blue and ridiculously bright at night considering how small it is,) or something, I have huge amounts of trouble sleeping. It's like I can feel the electricity resonating throughout the room and it bothers me to no end.

#30 Posted by Dude_What (68 posts) -

I can deal with non-specific noises from outside my room, like traffic, loud neighbours etc. Can't handle any noise from inside my room, especially if I know what the source is. Light-wise, I pull the cable from the 360 power adapter to kill the orange light, unplug routers/ethernet switches, pull the power cable from my desktop PC (ethernet port orange and green lights plus motherboard power LED), fuss with curtains and generally freakout over even the slightest light source. Seriously considering black-out curtains.

I have even been kept awake by the power light on my closed macbook pulsing on and off, even though it was in a closed bag. I could see the light through the zip.

#31 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

I need consistency. A flickering light or randomly chirping bird would drive me crazy, but dim lights or soft hums don't bother me

#32 Posted by BigDaddy81 (329 posts) -

Darkness and a fucking loud fan.

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Hmm, I don't know....I can sleep in a light room if its silent but I can also sleep in a dark room even if the tv is on.

#34 Posted by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

Darkness. I like white noise when I'm trying to sleep, but if there's lights I'll be too distracted. I even cover up the LEDs from electronics I have.

#35 Posted by Ketchupp (673 posts) -

There's nothing better than sleeping with the lights on and music playing. It keeps me from being woken up as easily.

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#36 Posted by Brodehouse (9952 posts) -

Neither. Stillness.

I have plenty of naps, so tiredness has overcome light and sound already. But I can't do it with even a slight amount of jostling.

#37 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Darkness, I usually end up with the TV on or a podcast playing.

#38 Posted by Winternet (8019 posts) -

They both are on equal terms, as far as I'm concerned.

#39 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6299 posts) -

Darkness, although they're both very important to me. I live on a main road and have for most of my life, so I've grown to be able to fall asleep with heavy traffic. Some nights I'll unplug my 360 power brick just because of that dull orange light it gives off.

#40 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Silence. I demand absolute silence when I sleep. It may be a lot to ask, but damn it, it's necessary.

#41 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

I really can't decide. I always sleep with TV shows on, which includes both noises and a monitor lighting up half the room..

#42 Posted by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

I like the hum of a fan I run year round to help me get to sleep (and with the winter in new england a running fan is noticeably odd). My sleeping area can never be too dark. Darkness. But really I like the room to be a certain temperature more than either of those things. Not too hot, not too cold. More cold than hot.

#43 Posted by JustKamToo (684 posts) -

Neither I'm one of those lucky bastards that can sleep anywhere any time = )

#44 Posted by InternetCrab (1504 posts) -

Silence. I've been plagued by my neighbours dogs alot lately. Darkness isn't important, i actually sleep with weak lights on.

#45 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6398 posts) -

That is a very good question and one I really had to think about prior to posting. I chose darkness because not being able to see what's directly in front of you or to see a shadow of something, and not know if it's a guy watching you or something else entirely or to see a shadow of a man figure behind you and have it only be a fire hydrant or something is really frightening. Essentially, the unknown is scarier than the lack of noise.

EDIT: Wow I totally misread the question. Silence is way more important.

#46 Posted by Jeust (10655 posts) -

Neither, tiredness is the real factor for me. If I'm really sleeply I'll sleep anywhere.

#47 Posted by mikethekilla (328 posts) -

I require peace and quite in order to go to sleep.

#48 Posted by Jimbo_Slice (14 posts) -

Neither, I sleep with a TV on every night.

#49 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1545 posts) -

I can sleep anywhere, on anything and through anything. Just depends if I'm tired or not.

#50 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I like it dark. I like a little noise in the room that's why I always have a fan running. I can take a nap on my couch with the tv on, but all the shades are drawn. I live like a crackhead.