By best-selling paranormal author Joni Mayhan
As the clock approaches the hour of 3AM, something strange happens in the world around us. The veil between the living and the dead grows thinner, allowing free passage between the two dimensions. Demons, ghosts and interdimensional creatures slip into the land of the living, creating havoc and tormenting us as we lay in bed sleeping. They call it the Devil’s Hour.
Some people find themselves waking up every night during the Devil’s Hour, feeling a chill in the air as though they aren’t alone. They might awaken from a nightmare that seems all too real, only to find themselves face to face with their night stalkers. Many believe it’s more than just lost souls wandering our plane of existence, that it’s the work of demons who are mocking the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Since Jesus Christ died on the cross at 3PM, they use the opposite hour to torment the living in the same manner they might hang crosses upside down.
Many paranormal researchers have sworn by the Devil’s Hour for years, claiming that ghostly activity is often heightened between the hours of 3 and 4AM. One paranormal television show once referred to it as “dead time,” focusing the majority of their investigation during that time period. Others are more skeptical about the concept. After all, how do ghosts and demons account for Daylight Savings Time and all the various time zones?
As it turns out, there might be a reasonable explanation for the heightened paranormal activity.
Personally, I’ve always been skeptical about the Devil’s Hour. As a paranormal investigator and sensitive, I’ve experienced activity at every hour of the day and night. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for one hour of the day to be more active than any other hour. I’ve seen apparitions in the early hours of the morning and have watched shadow people dance across the room at midnight. As a sensitive, I can feel and hear them as they move around the room. They don’t tend to abide by our preconceived notions of what a ghost is supposed to do. Their ability to be unpredictable is one of their best cloaking abilities. If we knew precisely when and where to find them, we would quickly solve the mystery of the ghost world. Could we be empowering them?
Anyone who has spent more than a minute researching paranormal protection methods knows that the best protection is the belief you put behind it. It doesn’t matter if you’re using religious medals, semi-precious stones or salt from the ocean, if you believe it’s going to protect you, you are giving it more power to help you. On the other side of the concept is the belief that something can and will hurt you. By giving negative entities their very own time slot for tormenting us, we could be encouraging the behavior by giving it more energy to be successful.
Another theory of mine regarding the Devil’s Hour revolves around what happens to me as I start to drift off to sleep.
It happens every night. As my brain waves slow down, bringing me closer to the place where dreamland reaps, I feel the ghosts in my house drift closer to me. Sometimes, it seems as though they are lurking at the corners of my room, waiting for that precise moment. There might actually be a scientific reason for this.
As we fall asleep, our brain waves slow down, dropping us from the Beta Stage, which is fully awake, to the Alpha Stage, which is when we are just beginning to relax, to the Theta Stage, which is the gateway between wakefulness and sleeping. The next step is the Delta Stage, where we are fully asleep and begin to experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. As we sleep, we move through the stages, one by one, over and over again.
Mediums have long suspected that ghosts and spirits are able to communicate with us better when our minds are more relaxed. As our brain waves slow down, either through meditation or sleep, we turn off the parts of our brain that processes reason. In a sense, all of our self-doubt and criticism is disabled, as though a switch has been thrown. During the Theta Stage, our minds are ripe for communication. We aren’t fully asleep, leaving the door cracked open a bit. If our brains cycle through the sleep stages throughout the night, it would stand to reason that we might hit the Theta Stage at 3 AM, depending on our own individual sleep cycles. If you are one of those people who wake up at 3AM every night, feeling as though you aren’t alone, you might not be. Someone might have been attempting to communicate with you. Cheery thought, I know.
Another theory follows the natural sleep process our bodies go through every day. We aren’t usually aware of it, but we are programmed like well-oiled machines. Our bodies perform a specific way due to the amount of light they receive at specific times of the day. This is called the circadian rhythm. It’s our body’s’ biological clock, so to speak. We are naturally programmed to wake up when the sun rises and to grow weary when the sun sets, even if our lives don’t revolve around conventional schedules. When we approach our normal sleep time, a specific group of neurons called SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus) send messages to regions in our brain that help us wind down and fall asleep, including an area of the brain called the pineal gland.
The pineal gland is a tiny pinecone shaped gland, located in the middle of our brains and controls the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. As our circadian clock approaches bedtime, this gland is stimulated to produce more melatonin. Interestingly enough, the pineal gland is also connected to our Third Eye Chakra, the hotspot for our psychic and mediumistic abilities.
This means that two things are happening: our inner skeptic is quieted while our intuitive abilities are being stimulated. This could happen at any hour, depending our normal sleep
schedule, but given that most people operate on a bedtime prior to midnight, they will typically get tired by 3AM. If they are paranormal investigators who are out on an investigation, chances are they will be getting tired by 3AM, considering most of us work daytime jobs and are normally asleep by that time.
While this information provides some explanation for why some people might sense more paranormal activity, it doesn’t explain everything. People who are on different sleep schedules probably won’t be impacted by the Devil’s Hour, yet many still claim to experience heightened activity. This brings me back to the empowerment theory, making the entire concept of the Devil’s Hour circular and returning.
Perhaps there is more to the Devil’s Hour than what science can explain.
Maybe, it’s exactly what we think it is. Either way, it’s not something I’d recommend contemplating in the wee hours of the morning, especially not between the hours of 3 and 4AM.
Joni Mayhan is a paranormal investigator and the author of 11 books, including Devil’s Toy Box, The Soul Collector and Bones in the Basement, all available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Joni, check out her website Jonimayhan.com.