How much of a Halloween fan are you? Do you dress up and binge-watch horror movies? Do you frequent haunted trails? An early October 2021 survey from California Contractor Bonds investigated how many people would be willing to sleep in a certified haunted house for a night. Surprisingly, a significant number of people were ready to do it; the price just had to be right. 

Survey key results:

  • 56% of people said they would pass on $1 million and accept only $10,000 to sleep in a haunted house if they could bring friends. 
  • 57% would rather sleep in a haunted hotel instead of a haunted house. 
  • Only 28% of respondents would buy a house if someone were murdered in it.
  • While most people surveyed said they wouldn’t do it for free, 11% of millennials would gladly sleep in a haunted house free of charge. 

Why We Don’t Recommend Sleeping in a Haunted House

To us, sleeping is a sacred art. And there is just no way you’ll sleep well in a haunted house. It all comes down to sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is more than just your healthy sleep habits. It’s about having the right mattress, setting the temperature right in your room, and turning off the TV when it’s time to go to sleep. All of which would be out of your control in a haunted house. 

Flickering lights

Our circadian rhythm –– or internal clock –– is ruled by light. As the sun rises, we naturally wake, and as it sets, our bodies are flooded with melatonin, and we get tired. The introduction of artificial light or blue light throws off our ability to get to sleep and stay asleep. 

That’s right. When the restless spirits take to flickering the lights, your circadian rhythm will pay the price. The bursts of light can disrupt your transition between the sleep stages. Ultimately, frequent interruptions during sleep result in less time spent in the restorative stages of the sleep cycle. 

Cold spots

If there is one thing ghosts are known for, it’s those pesky cold spots. Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for your ability to sleep in a haunted house. Temperature is actually one of the most important factors that can impact your sleep. 

Studies have shown that an increase in heat or cold exposure while sleeping not only will wake you up but will also decrease the amount of time you’re in REM sleep. Sleep experts suggest that you keep your bedroom between 60 degrees and 67 degrees to get the best night’s sleep. Now, we’re not experts on ghosts, but we don’t think you’ll be in charge of the thermostat. 

Too Long, Didn’t Read?

The recent report shed light on what most people are afraid of –– being alone, creepy basements, and ghosts. What we’re most afraid of is how badly you would sleep in a haunted house. You might be able to catch some shut-eye in a haunted house, but you won’t be rested when you make it out. 

So, how much would it take for you to sleep in a haunted house? For me, it would have to be a pretty good bed –– maybe a GhostBed Luxe. Get it?