3 A.M. – The Most Mysterious Hour

Written by Kelly Wilson

Everything is quiet and you’re sleeping soundly when, for no apparent reason, you wake up. You move to look at the clock and it reads – 3 a.m. – just like it does most nights when you wake up and look at it. Sometimes you can get back to sleep quickly but other nights it takes a while before you doze off again.

It’s a worldwide phenomena that people have reported happening for as long as records have been kept. There are always physical, mental and health related reasons that cause people to wake up but just as often there’s no reason for it. Occasionally called “Middle Insomnia” by medical personnel it’s also called the “Devil’s Hour”, “Witching Hour” or “Midnight of the Soul” by those in the Paranormal community.

A person may be woken up for many medical induced reasons. They may be experiencing sleep apnea, a condition where a person will stop breathing for periods of time while sleeping. They may have GERD, gastroesophogeal reflux disease, and their stomach acid may be back-flowing up into their throat and scorching their esophagus. Some people believe that humans aren’t meant to sleep for 8 hours straight and that is the reason people wake up at 3 (or other times during the night). These and other medical conditions are definitely culprits but they wouldn’t necessarily wake a person up at the same time every night. Some other causes that are commonly cited are: Alcohol, Age, Stress, Room Temperature and the list could go on and on.

The Ancient Chinese developed a “Body Clock” system. This system says that during a 24 hour period the body’s energy (Chi or Qi) moves from one organ or system to another to heal and/or cleanse it. If there is something excessively wrong with that area of the body then you will wake from sleep or during the day you will have certain feelings (tiredness, confusion, etc.).

The hours between 1 – 3 a.m. are associated with the Liver and the processing of toxins among other things.

The hours between 3 -5 a.m. are associated with the Lungs and replenishing the body with Oxygen.

Some say that the veil between this world and the Spirit world thins and that travel between the two worlds is made easier, much like Oct. 31st. Also, some who investigate and research the Paranormal claim that activity increases dramatically at this time while other’s say that it doesn’t. Some people who wake say they “see” or “feel” Shadow people nearby looking at them while others claim to experience (sleep) paralysis or an unexplained fear.

Some people say that it’s a Higher Power communicating with you and giving you messages to help you continue down your path and on your journey to your higher self and your higher purpose. Conversely, some people claim that it isn’t Spirits that become more active but it’s Demons. They say that the Devil and his minions become more active because Jesus died at 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. is the antithesis of Jesus’ death. It’s the “other 3” just as the Holy Trinity has it’s opposite in the Devil, the False Prophet and the Beast.

3 a.m. has played a part in many popular horror movies as well. In The Conjuring, it’s around this time that things start going really bad and the climax begins to build. In The Amityville Horror, Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his family around this time after supposedly hearing demonic voices. In The Exorcism of Emily Rose, she was plagued by horrific happenings centered around the Devil’s Hour. I’m sure there are many other movies that have 3 a.m. as a factor as well.

If it is Spirits and the like then some questions must be asked,

How do the Spirits, Demons or Higher Powers work around the different time zones? How about Daylight Savings Time? Time is a human construct and, most people agree, doesn’t exist on the Universal scale. I can’t imagine there being clocks and watches in the Spiritual realm but if there are do they have a 3 a.m. problem too?

There seem to be as many opinions about why people wake up at 3 a.m. as there are people to have an opinion. Is it Spiritual? Is it Circadian Rhythm? Is it the Devil and his Demons? Is it just the mind focused or the body’s energy? Coincidence?

Whatever your belief the fact still remains that people all over the world wake up for no apparent reason at this certain time, if you do this and have an opinion or have anything you would like to share leave a comment.



  1. Bill the Cat

    January 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I go to bed at 11:30 almost every night and wake up almost exactly at 3am because I have to pee.

  2. Mike

    February 12, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Time is not relative. Time is ever moving at a pace incomprehensibly fast. In the time takes me to type reply I have died and even my dust has disintegrated many times over.3:00 means nothing in regards to time other than to relate a story or when to meet etc.

  3. Chrystal

    September 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I believe in the spirit world. I have seen spirits all of my life since I have been a child. I wake up occasionally at 3 am sometimes it will be 2 or 3 nights in a row that I will do this. However the reason that I wake up at 3 am I am trying to discover this. Best of luck to everyone who is going through this.

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