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Waking Nightmare

Posted on May 6, 2011

Well, where do I begin? I have been searching for an answer to what happened to me for over a year, and I cannot find anyone who had this type of experience.

I woke up from a sound sleep at exactly 3:00 AM. It was strange because I looked at the clock exactly as it changed from 2:59. I heard what sounded like someone coming up the stairs and down the hall toward our bedroom. Mind you, my wife was asleep all this time. I was alarmed to say the least. I thought someone had broken in.

I reached over to the night stand and tried to turn on the lamp. It’s one of those that you have to turn till it clicks on and off. I turned it, click, and nothing. I began to think, “come on, is this really happening right now?” I tried two or three more times and as much as it clicked, the light still wouldn’t come on. At this point, I’m getting scared. I slide the lamp as close to the bed on the stand as possible. Click click, no light.

I turn and wake my wife. “Honey, wake up!” “Someone is in the house!” She said what are you talking about? I turned back to look at the lamp, and I had never actually moved it. I turned the knob and first click the light came on. I know that I had moved that lamp, and heard the footsteps and creaking of the steps. I know this actually happened, but what did happen? Was I sleeping? If so, at what point did I wake? Why didn’t I notice the transition? Were the noises real? It felt real! I cannot explain it any better, and my wife thinks I’m losing it.

I did research sleep paralysis, and it couldn’t have been that because I was able to move freely. There is a phenomenon known as Hyponopompic experiences where someone while beginning to wake up will hear sounds and smell particular smells, however everyone reports sleep paralysis with this. So, I’m out of answers. Paranormal? Absolutely! Why? Wish I knew! Can you help me?

I’m Richard, live in New York and am currently 31 years old. Thank you.

Sent in by Richard, Copyright 2011 TrueGhostTales.com

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19 Responses to “Waking Nightmare”
  1. trolldoll says:

    i think something was messing with you and the electricity!

  2. Dawn says:

    Hi Has this experience happened more then once and is it always around 3 am. I also need details about your home such as how old it is or how many families have lived there.

    • Richard says:

      Hi Dawn, Thanks for the comment. My house was built in 1885 by my great great grandfather. It has been in my family since I inherrited it in 2007. My paternal great grandfather and great uncle have passed in this house. As for this experience, it has only happened once. However, for weeks leading up to this, almost every night I’ve heard a loud rapping on the closet door. It would knock at 3 am almost every night or 2:59. It was weird because I investigated it and the top middle panel is broken with a crack down the middle. It is the only panel on the door that makes that distinct sound. There were rumors of a ghost named Charlie here even when I was a boy. I have no idea where this came from or if there is any truth to it. Sadly, anyone who would have known is long gone. As for the whole 3am thing, I do not believe that ghosts have a clock either mr. caretaker, but I can’t explain the waking at that time with these experiences either.

  3. BekkieLassy says:

    You woke up at the ghostly/demon hour. Thats when the space between the living and the dead is open thats when the demons pass through. You weren’t ment to wake up at that time coz its the time were demons go around doing there thing. Thats why nothing worked at that min. The time you woke up your wife must have been at 3:01 were every thing was put back they way they were befor 3:00.

    • Buddy says:

      Ah yes, it’s also known as the “Witching Hour” some actually believes it lasts for a full hour from 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. weird and unexplainable things usually happen during this hour. It’s said that the dimension of the living and the dead are interconnected during this hour and that power of witches are strongest at around this time that’s why it’s called the witching hour. Myth or not, this applies almost anywhere around the world, but occurrences are isolated to certain areas where the connection between the two dimensions are the strongest, so not everybody can experience the witching hour.

      • Caretaker says:

        Do you believe that ghosts and spirits pay any attention to time zones, daylight savings time and all that?

        • Buddy says:

          There are no time zones in the spirit world, however, there are cycles which serves as some sort of timer. According to occultist and popular beliefs, these cylces are based on the lunar cycle which coincides with what people use in this world.
          There is specific haunting that only occurs once a year, like the Ghost of Anne Boleyn. It is said that her headless ghost appears whenever her death anniversary come to pass. There are other haunting that occurs more frequent than usual and it only happens during specific time of the day. Ghosts may have no sense of time, but they do their thing in cycles. Once they finished one cycle they repeat the whole thing again. As to why ghosts do this sort of thing is a bit of a mystery, or it could be because they’re just bored out of their wits. Spending eternity in the spirit world without much to do can be really boring.

          • Caretaker says:

            Hello Buddy. hauntings that happen at regular intervals (as if on a schedule) are referred to as residual hauntings and are not actual spirits — //www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/residual-haunting/

            When it is dark and quiet people are more likely to hear or see “something” than when it is light and we are noisy and busy. The 3:00 thing is more about our perceptions than anything else. I do not believe a ghost would care or even be aware of what time of day it was. The way we measure time is completely arbitrary and a function of the living not the dead.

            • Callmeishmael says:

              I totally agree with you caretaker, ghosts, especially demons don’t work on a clock, and a certain time is no more evil then the next, time is an invention of man.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello there I agree with the all the posters here and Very interest with the question what all the posters say.. 3 am is wtiching hour/ demon hour of course some say 3 also say dead time that i though heard from ghost hunter on tv..

    • Caretaker says:

      3 Am is not the witching hour, that is a myth. Think about it, there are different time zones around the Earth, when it is 3 AM for me it is 2 Am for someone else and so on. The way we measure time and the clocks are man-made and ghosts or spirits, I am certain, have no regard for that. Why would a spirit be concerned if it were May or June or 5:00 or 7:00? Do you think the spirit world could be measured or controlled by our arbitrary clocks and calendars and the like?

      • littlemiss says:

        lol nicely said. Not to mention, sometimes I’m up until about 4am, and I never have any interruptions in power.

      • Sharayah says:

        I was once told that Christ died at 3:00pm on the cross and when things come at that time it to mock his death. I don’t now how true that is I’m just putting it out there. Hi caretaker :)

        • Caretaker says:

          I dont believe ghosts have any interest in mocking Christs death. Hey Sharayah ;)

  5. Kelly T. says:

    I have had something like that but mine wasnt paranormal I would be fallin asleep and i would hear BANG BANG like someone just dropped two really heavy things like anvils I would wake back up and my heart would be pounding but yours is scarier and idk what it could have been thats scary!

  6. Ryan says:

    What happened to you is known as “False Awakening” , when you believe you are awake when actually you are lucid in a dream.. Its most likely you woke up when you spoke to your wife, and, although it may have seemed scary what happened to you with the footsteps and creaking was most likely nothing more than your dreaming mind.

  7. tay tay says:

    actually, wen i was living wit my mother n law, whos house a man commited suicide in, i wud wake up at bout 2:30 almost every nite and at 3 in the morn the clock wud chime n the kitchen lite wud dim down low n stay dim till the clock chimed at 4 then it wud briten bk up. the only other experience i had there i had put my son n his crib n left the door cracked a lil n a lil while later i eased the door open to chk on him n i heard a mans voice say shut that dmn door. i threw open the door n of course no1 was there.

  8. A.J Ryder says:

    Hi Richard

    You are in the very enviable position of knowing the full history of your house. So, at any time during the house’s history from 1885 to the present day, did the family encounter a traumatic or terrifying event? Anything at all? If so, did this event take place during the daytime, or at night?

    If this is the case you might have got caught up in some sort of ‘time-line” scenario whereby you were actually witnessing an event which happened years ago. A bit like rewinding a film to watch it again.

    If there hasn’t been any event in your family history at the house, do you know what was on the land prior to your great great grandfather building the property on there? Did something traumatic happen before 1885 on that land?

    It might be worth you doing some investigating to find out the history. Then you might find an explanation for your experience.

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