Nyctophobia is an irrational or extreme fear of the dark. People with nyctophobia experience significant anxiety, tension, and feelings of uncertainty concerning the dark.
Keep reading to learn more about nyctophobia, including the symptoms and causes, as well as how to overcome it.
The term comes from two Greek words: nyktos (night) and phobos (fear).
Scientists have found that darkness creates a “startle” response in the brain, which causes it to release chemicals that heighten a person’s perception of anxiety.