I was awakened at 4:38 am a few days ago by the most frightening sound I have ever heard.
It's been a long time since I heard a phantom sound, like my name being called or something falling over or the old fashioned door ringer on our 1896-era front door tinkling in the night. Oh, I hear the odd creaks and knocks in my house and a few unexplainable noises at work but nothing like this: Up close and in my ear. And full of hate.
Here's what happened: I was dreaming about my current job, not unusual, and at some point the phrase "There's a lot to remember" was said to me. It was at this point that a young female voice snarled in my ear, "A LOOOOOOTTTTTTT."
The tone was taunting. It woke me up. I was shocked to hear it and wondered as I endured it in my ear how long this creature could drag out a three-letter word.
It was as though the person was next to me. Witch, demon - I don't know.
I stayed in bed for about 6-7 minutes before getting up and going downstairs where my husband was watching TV (he gets up very early).
I eventually fell back to sleep on the couch, and had one of those experiences where I just could not wake up. I had the same experience later in the day; I was super-exhausted all day long.
I'm wondering if it is related to the stress I am experiencing at my job. I run a small business and deal with a lot of customer-service issues. Some of the people I deal with both as clients and vendors are really nasty. Some days it feels like you cannot please anyone. Without going into to much detail, I will say the job is a no-win situation and I plan to leave at the end of summer. People have been telling me how tired and stressed I look; I am leaving to preserve my health and enjoy life again. I'll find something better.
I have learned in my current job just how much evil and hatred people can feel, and how they often direct it toward people who have not caused it, simply because they are angry. I felt it directed towards me early this morning.
What causes these aural hallucinations?
As I said above I was depressed and exhausted all day long, as though something had taken hold of me. It was meant to be a vacation day for me, so that was a downer, too.
I had no sleep paralysis, but now I know what it is like to feel hag ridden.