We can all agree sleep is great, right? It goes third, chocolate cake. Second, watching your child succeed at anything. First, sleep. So when something wakes you up from a deep slumber it can ruin the rest of your day. When that 'something' turns out to be terrifying, well, that can ruin your life.
Reddit user, u/Hoostolf, wanted people to dig deep into their thoughts and share:
On And Off...On And Off...
I've told this before, but my son has taken to sleepwalking.
He used to just stand by the bed, silently, until I'd snap awake and see his silhouette looming over me.
Now, he's taken to turning on the lights when he's sleepwalking. I woke up one night, and he was standing there, turning the lights on ... and off ... on ... and off ... completely zoned out.
I get him back to bed, and I think, f-ck this, I'm sleeping downstairs for the rest of the night.
Around three o'clock I wake up. All of the lights downstairs are on.
Let's Hear About That Possum AgainGiphy
Was woken at 3am by a drunk man trying to open the external door into my room. It's not something you expect to happen when you live out of town, surrounded by paddocks.
Oh and there was also the time I woke up to a possum on my side table. That wasn't pleasant for either party.
My math teacher calling out my name 6+ times in a room of 20 other students and me slowly waking up while mumbling 'shhhh be quiet,' not realizing that the voice I was hearing wasn't, in fact, in a dream.
Stinky Breath Warning Sign
My daughter was a sleepwalker. There is something so indescribably creepy about waking up to a four-year-old standing at your bedside, just staring. She wouldn't make a sound; she'd let her stinky breath wake me up.
Then once I recovered from the shock of her being there, she'd speak in tongues because she wasn't really awake. I'd assure her she was asleep and escort her back to her room to be tucked in, never taking my eyes off her for fear her head would swivel around fully and she'd laugh maniacally at me. Scared the piss out of me every time.
Something From The Mind Of Kubrick
A few years back I hear a thud in the hallway and my 4 year old daughter screaming in pain. She had fallen and gotten a small but deep cut just above her left eyebrow. When I got out to the hallway, her face, hands and pajamas were COVERED in blood and she was holding her hands against her face.
I thought she lost her eye. A quick trip to the ER for a couple of stitches and she was right as rain, but I gained almost all of my grey hair that night.
Anyone here have one of those robotic vacuums? When the power goes out those f-ckers start wandering around lost, bumping into sh-t.
Absolutely terrifying thing to be woken up by at 3 in the morning.
Let's Just Put Those Up Here...
My 2 year-old standing over me with a kitchen knife. He wanted sliced apples at 4:00 in the morning, and somehow managed to climb up on table and pull out a knife.
Now we keep them in the cupboard.
Maybe Change The Locks?
One important preface: at the time I lived alone, no roommates. One time I was taking a nap in my bedroom, happened to have a really horrible nightmare, and then woke up to some strange man standing in my bedroom shining a flashlight in my face while I laid in bed.
Both of us freaked the f-ck out. It turned out he was the maintenance guy for the apartment complex I lived in, finally responding to a maintenance request I had put in like six months before. He thought the apartment was empty, then heard me thrashing around from the nightmare and went and looked into the dark bedroom (blackout curtains) with his flashlight to see what was making the noise.
After both of us recovered from our near heart attacks he was extremely apologetic, and he did finally fix my garbage disposal, but Jesus Christ that was f-cking terrifying for a few seconds.
One Night Terror Leading Into The Next
My buddy and I were camping and saw a bear, so we decided to sleep in his car. I was still worried about the bear, so it took forever to fall asleep.
Well right after I fell asleep, I woke up to screams and something grabbing my face. I immediately started crying, knowing that a bear was about to rip my face off. Then I realized it was my friend having a night terror. I was lividdddddd
...And Then Sometimes It's RealGiphy
Actually just happened last week. Woke up to my dog growling and someone was shining a light into my window at 2 am. I was super out of it and trying to process what was going on since the light was coming from someone in my fenced in backyard. Then my dog barked loud and the person ran away.