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3:00 A.m. Wake Up Call. What Could It Have Been?

 

So when I was 16 years old I was living with my father. We don't really have a good relationship so I would go to bed really early 8:00 pm at this time.

It was late spring and one night I woke up at the time I didn't know why. For about three weeks I would wake up a 3:00 am on the dot. I still didn't understand why I felt like this. At this point I assumed I was going completely crazy.

One night it just seemed different. I woke up at 3:00 am as usual (but my room felt abnormally cold. I sleep with a blanket on matter the time of year). Okay so after a lay there for 5 minutes (I had a digital clock beside my bed on my table I also sleep on my stomach).

I had this old bed that creaks and at the foot of my bed it felt like somebody is sitting down. The bed creaks and everything. At this point my heart is beating so fast that I feel like I'm going to die. I go to call my dad into my room but nothing will come out, I can't move. But then whatever it was starts to rock back and forth, back and fourth, back and forth.

Now that wasn't the worst part. Whatever it was it slowly, almost teasingly, runs it hand from my feet all the way to my waist. Then it move all the way up to my neck (keep in mind I sleep on my stomach). At this point it start to breath on my neck (really heavy breathing) I can hear it but I can't do anything. It stays like that for a few minutes. After that time passes it goes back to sitting at the foot of my bed rocking. This continues to happen for a few months.

Now after a while it didn't creep me out as much. At this point I felt safe around whatever it was but it was something that I didn't know, something I couldn't comprehend so I told my dad (he is very religious, I'm not). He insisted on blessing my room and me. After the night he blessed my room I had no more encounters.

Can anyone potentially tell what this thing could have been?

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purpletrees (1 stories) (14 posts)
 
1 year ago (2016-06-08)
it is my understanding that the 3am hour is the witching hour. As told to me by a neighbor.
Paranormal4life (3 posts)
 
1 year ago (2016-05-13)
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rookdygin (24 stories) (4320 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-12-21)
drjrom,

Thank you for your reply... It gives me something to look into. Interesting information.

Now where's that looking glass?

😉

Respectfully,

Rook
drjrom (1 stories) (4 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-12-21)
To Rookdygin, sorry to reply so late, I didn't know I was mentioned, well see Rook, it's not like they count as 2 hours... But there's a phase called "slow wave sleep" in this phase, our cortisol lvls lower as our melatonin lvl increases, this is the most restorative phase in our sleeping cycle, it makes our body go on a "restore and digest to feed and repair" cycle... Remember our circadian rhythm, so our sleep cycle is designed to work around it, so the "Slow wave sleep" phase works the best when our rhythm is at is lower point (normally between 10pm -4am,) so let's say if we start to sleep at 8pm... Our body will enter the slow wave sleep at about 8:30pm, and it will start earlier but it will finish at the same time it would normally end for a person that goes to bed at 10pm... (around 2am)... This means your slow sleep wave lasted 1.5hour more than the other person, this making your metabolism work better and your body repair itself much better... In conclusion it doesn't count as a sale 2x1 hours... But it will feel like you sleept 2x1 hours... Hope this explains my point :D
ainurrofiq (1 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-18)
waking up at 3:00 am? I think it's fine so enjoy and shalat
Tahajud...
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
+2
2 years ago (2015-09-16)
This makes sense in my head so I hope it does out loud... The 3am wake up call, do you think that because you have woke up this time the first night that you have been putting a lot of thought into and so this could be your brain having a sort of trigger to that specific time... I have got a built in alarm clock in my head, before going to sleep if I go over a specific time in my head I will wake up at this time without the need of a normal alarm clock... I know its not paranormal but just a suggestion 😊
jwarrdor (8 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-15)
Red-

I think Wardo was saying that, in her opinion, most cases of sleep paralysis are paranormal... That paranormal sleep paralysis is the rule rather than the exception. I had to read it a couple times too, wording made it sound a little funny.

Peronally the whole topic is out of my depth, I don't have any experience with it one way or the other, but it does seem prudent NOT to jump to conclusions where a reasonable alternative exists.

Joe
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-15)
Ryder
For goodness sakes I don't know anyone who calls demons, disembodied spirits, or the like aliens. Please don't insult anyones intelligence.
Red
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-15)
Wardo
What the hell? You said and I quote: Again I want to ask, why is sleep paralysis assumed to be non paranormal in nature? I think it is almost always paranormal, the exception being non paranormal. That's just my opinion.: End quote.
What do you mean by that? It's like saying everything is paranormal, with the exception when it's not.
Red
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3311 posts) mod
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2 years ago (2015-09-14)
Ryder14; I'm going to nip this in the bud right now. We do not, under any circumstances, tolerate putting down other belief systems here. Your shrouded comment about 'New Agers' really smacks of prejudice and ignorance of what the belief system is all about. So until you have a well researched, intelligent opinion about ANYone's religious/spiritual background or beliefs, I highly suggest you leave those opinions unspoken/written. MMMkay?

Read and follow the Comments Guidelines.

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rookdygin (24 stories) (4320 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-14)
Ummm I for one come out of sleep 'just like that'. Its usually about 4-4.5 hours after I have fallen asleep... Then after about 30-45 minutes I fall back asleep and if I do not have to get up I will be out for 6-8 hours that 'second time'. So 'just waking up' IS something that happens (Second Sleep someone called it in this comment thread)

(What comes next is not offered to offend nor accuse ANYONE, but should be addressed...)

This does not sound like a 'Second Sleep' situation... More like sleep paralysis...OR...maybe something WORSE...

I hate to say it (but someone has to), however it must be considered, Is this a Supressed Memory... A trumatic event that was supressed in the O/P's memory and 'glossed over' as a paranormal event?

I DO NOT think (or feel) that this is the case... HOWEVER we must consider EVERYTHING (no matter how distasteful) before the Paranormal can be considered.

If we consider this then the question must be asked is this... Who else (if anyone) lived in the home with you and your Father?

Respectfully,

Rook

(Again, not trying to offend or accuse anyone of anything... But if this experience were told to a theapist what would their first thought be?)
Octnytebyrd (2 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-13)
I believe there's a reason you woke up at 3 am who comes out of sleep just like that? I believe there is a negative male interested in you. I'm glad you told your Dad but blessing the house isn't enough I really hope it doesn't come back stronger. I had a similar experience when I woke I couldn't move or talk I felt the bed sink down and movement up to my face I seen the cold breath coming from his mouth & then I seen him but, it never touched me. My Husband right beside me facing away was paralyzed & awake also, my roommate same thing. There was negativity in the house & among us but I already knew & protected myself. I had to leave that house that I loved looking back I would've cleansed the house & made it leave, it fed on fear & negativity. If you feel anything you tell it if it means you harm it is not welcome, tell it to go to where it belongs, protect yourself with light & love and tell it you will fight it you do not want it there, do not be afraid be confident but, you do need to cleanse your house that way if it wants to move on you can help it. You're not crazy & tell it...it's not allowed to touch you be sure of yourself. Update us if you have more experiences. I hope this helps:)
shezababy (1 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-13)
it could be a incubus refuring to the thing running its hand from your feet to your waist and the heavy breathing
rookdygin (24 stories) (4320 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-13)
jess,

I know I stated that your experience seems like a case for 'sleep paralysis' but...

You asked this at the end of your experience...

"Can anyone potentially tell what this thing could have been?"

I have re-read your orignal submission and realized you mentioned how old you were (16) at the time this happened. It sounds as if this was not a 'one off' experience but that it happened a 'few' times...

"After that time passes it goes back to sitting at the foot of my bed rocking. This continues to happen for a few months.

Now after a while it didn't creep me out as much. At this point I felt safe around whatever it was but it was something that I didn't know, something I couldn't comprehend so I told my dad..."

I'm thinking if not sleep paralysis then perhaps the 'tension' between you and your Father AND the fact you were 16 and 'matureing' may have attracted a spirit... This spirit was 'repeled' by your Fathers blessing of your room by the way, its great you told him and even 'better' he beleived you, at least enough to do something.

You mention no more encounters after the blessing... Is that no more in your room, or no more in the house?

Thanks for sharing.

Respectfully,

Rook
Mimi81 (203 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
Jess, that definitely makes the doll incident much creepier. I hope nothing like that happened again.
jess_theturtle (1 stories) (2 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
The doll didn't have a second compartment and the suicide happened in the living room which is only a few feet from my room
shelbyloree (5 stories) (285 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
drjrom may be referring to second sleep? It was common before electricity, here is the link for more information.

Http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/

A suicide in the house is definate potential for a haunting, could have happened in that room or in that part of the house.
Mimi81 (203 posts)
+2
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
Jess, the doll incident is definitely creepy. I do have a question about the doll. Are you sure there wasn't more than one battery compartment?

I ask that because a coworker of mine had a similar experience to what happened with your sister's doll, except it was a talking toy belonging to her little boy. The toy was turning itself on, even after my coworker removed the batteries. Turns out there was another battery compartment that wasn't easy to spot. Once those batteries were removed, no more problems.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4320 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
It seems non-paranormal sleep paralysis is the agreed upon situation you experienced.

Now at the risk of 'highjacking' the comments I wish to ask a question of drjrom...

Drjrom you stated:

"You know that the hours we sleep before 10 pm counts as double..."

I wish you know where is information came from. Everything you stated about REM sleep is basicly how I understand it but any sleep we get before 2200 (10pm) counting 'double' is NEW to me. Could you please explain and provide 'links' or research data. Thanks in advance.

Respectfully,

Rook
jess_theturtle (1 stories) (2 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
TRUCK I do not have any pets thank all for replying yes my father has had an experience in that house. But also the previous owner the male shot himself in this house and also my sister had a doll that we removed the batteries from and it would move around and speak we burned it and that was it
drjrom (1 stories) (4 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-12)
Hi, well Jess, like someone explained up there, The 3am waking time is comopletely normal, You know that the hours we sleep before 10 pm counts as double... So your body had 9 hours of sleep, well rested body is going to wake up... Considering also your sleeping cycles, rapid eyem movement or REM is the part of the sleeping cycle were we dream... Your issue may be explained by sleep paralysis, you were probably dreaming but you felt wide awake, the Placebo effect (also already considered) may have been involved with the blessing incident... But it is a nice story.
Mimi81 (203 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-11)
Wardo, Dr. Google says stress can trigger sleep paralysis. Jess felt she had to go to bed unusually early to avoid dealing with her dad. That sounds stressful to me.

The sleep paralysis may have stopped because the blessing could have created a placebo effect. I glad it worked.

I don't think there's anything paranormal in this experience.
TRUCK (25 posts)
+2
2 years ago (2015-09-11)
Fear can also cause full body paralysis, nothing paranormal has to be involved.
I agree that the 3:00 may just be your body reacting to the early time you are going to bed. As for the feeling of something running up and down your back I can't tell you. I'm assuming you have no pets?
shelbyloree (5 stories) (285 posts)
+1
2 years ago (2015-09-11)
Nightmare: From a damned woman (mare) visiting the sleeping person at night. She is related to the incubi (male) and succubi (female), creatures that deal with erotic nightmares. Every culture calls it something different, but usually they are sitting on the chest, not at the foot of the bed. "Hag ridden" is also another term - could account for the back and forth? Sounds really annoying and creepy.

Something might have been waking you up at 3am until you noticed it, and for your dad to go to those lengths based on what you said, I suppose he probably experienced it too. You may have just verified it. I'd ask him.
Wardo (8 stories) (171 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-09-11)
Again I want to ask, why is sleep paralysis assumed to be non paranormal in nature? I think it is almost always paranormal, the exception being non paranormal. That's just my opinion.
lady-glow (7 stories) (1516 posts)
+2
2 years ago (2015-09-11)
Jess: Your experience seems to be an episode of sleep paralysis, frightening but not paranormal in nature.
Waking up at 3:00 am would be the way your body adjusted to the early hour you were going to sleep.

Glad to know you have not experienced this again.

Thanks for sharing.

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