I’m afraid that I’ve gotten into something not many people have experienced. I’m forced to turn off my cell phone and wifi at night while I sleep after the most bizarre incident happened about six months ago. You just… never know who is listening, or maybe you don’t want to know what you can’t hear.
There is an application for iPhone that can tell you about your sleep quality. I believe you can also integrate it with your Apple Watch, but I don’t have one, so I just use the phone app itself and rely on the information it gathers. Everything was fine and I was tracking my sleep patterns, until I noticed that the app itself was requesting access to my microphone.
I found it odd, but then the app explained that it doesn’t save recordings and it doesn’t send them anywhere, so I agreed and went to sleep.
In the morning, there was a new notification saying that I snored, and I was curious enough to check them. Sure enough, there I was, at 1:20am, some snoring. I never knew that I snored, but it was good to know.
There’s something eerie about listening to yourself sleep. I kept on with the app as usual. Normally you have to set it right before you go to sleep, and it wakes you up to an alarm at an optimal time, supposedly to prevent you from waking up feeling tired.
One morning, I woke up earlier than usual. Way earlier, actually. At 4:45am. I wasn’t feeling tired, so I went to the bathroom, then for a drink of water and got back to my room. It was still dark out. That’s when I noticed the app had several recordings caught overnight. More snoring.
Curious, I clicked on the first one, at 2:14am, and there I was… breathing loudly. But then, I gasped. In my sleep. I couldn’t believe it, so I replayed the 15 second recording only to hear another voice in there. The voice was a woman’s voice saying “all alone”. I replayed the audio more than 10 times before moving onto the second one.
“Not like that” “All alone”
It kept replaying, over and over. The next recording said the same thing, but the last of the recordings was what really got me. It was… singing.
It was a lullaby. I could hear it faintly, like the wind.
The Backstory For This Episode
Never record yourself while you sleep if you’re not ready to see yourself unconscious, or in a semi-conscious state. We behave differently under varying circumstances, and I guarantee you that you do not behave the way that you expect to. When I was a kid, I used to wake up to the sound of my own voice, mentioning names and warning others to watch out for the “woman with the hat”.
Though there are things that are called “sleep studies” that are meant to help you analyze various medical conditions and are completely normal, it is something very different when a professional is analyzing this versus you analyzing seven to nine hours of dark footage, with the known creep factor. Several documented stories have been told over the years, some passed down, and some shown with hard evidence (video footage). Just how creepy can this get? Let’s find out.
What Happens When You Record Yourself Sleeping
For some, nothing occurs. You twist and turn at night, you may snore for a little bit, and you may hum or sleep-talk. These things are somewhat normal, but during the research for the previous story, I found a few more disturbing cases.
Sleep walking is known to happen to around 3.1% of the population, according to a Sleep Foundation article, so it is something paranormal necessarily, but waking up and standing while fixated on the wall or a window for a period of time may actually be something else.
In this case, a woman in her twenties decided to put a camera, plugged in to her computer with external storage, and set on the night-vision setting (the green-ish footage you see for night recording on TV and Youtube), before going to sleep because she was finding things moved around when she would wake up in the morning. Things like her cell phone would be unplugged and on top of her television, her curtains were wide open, and other things like that.
What she discovered was that in the middle of the night, around 2 or 3am, she would move the blankets from on top of her, sit on the edge of her bed and stare at the wall, then go back to sleep. Then she would wake up again, walk over to the window, open up the curtains, and stare out the window while making some hand gestures that she has no explanation for.
She went to get help from a sleep doctor, but she was happy that it wasn’t anything ghost or haunt related.
Another case that I read about was the woman who would wake up with bruises and scratches. She set a camera at the end of her bed, and went to sleep. This case, however, had a much more sinister explanation, or lack thereof.
As it turns out, the camera caught, over the span of three nights, a scream right before shutting off inexplicably, right around the same time at 3am. There was no explanation of the scratches or bruises, but the scream was not Susan’s (the woman with the issue), but rather a much deeper voice. She still suffers from this and is seeking an explanation.
What is it about 3am?
3am is known as the time that pure evil makes itself known, according to paranormal experts. Some say that the time is mocking the death of Jesus, who died at 3pm in the afternoon.
Should you record yourself sleeping at 3am? You should not record yourself sleeping at 3am if you fear that something paranormal is happening. You may not like what you see.
Should You Record Yourself Sleeping?
There is nothing inherently wrong with recording yourself sleeping, and it might satisfy your curious mind. Keep in mind that your subconscious and unconscious minds may do things that you are not aware that you are capable of doing, such as sleep walking, sleep talking, sitting up on your bed without an explanation, or doing odd things like staring at your partner or at the wall.
There is something mysterious about the realm of sleep that attracts us. In this state, our conscious mind does not pass along judgement and we may discover things about ourselves that we do not normally allow our minds to even see.
But are you ready to see items move next to you, your blankets pulled from the edge of your bed, or a shadow figure sliding out from under your bed and standing next to you while you sleep?
Or am I?