Why the Devils Hour is so Terrifying

Ghosts, Paranormal, Science, Strange News, Unexplained
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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.

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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 To learn more about Joni, check out her website


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  • Amanda Lee Terwey

    I’ve had problems waking up around 3 am. But I’m not “gifted.” The biggest problem with waking up at 3 in the morning, is that I have to be up by 5 and I’m losing precious sleep. I’ll be awake for an hour, hour and a half, then conk back out; only to have my alarm go off 15 minutes later.

    • MrP&Q

      I had the same problem and it does become a problem because your not getting the rest that you probably need to get through your day and more than likely find yourself getting really tired around 1:00 -2:00 PM in the afternoon when you probably feel you should be at your best. Different strokes for different folks as they say, but what I found works best for me is a prescribed medication called zolpidem tartrate which comes in a 5mg or 10 mg tablet. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not trying to promote the use of a drug in anyway shape or form as a matter of fact I much rather steer you in the opposite direction and maybe even say try a over the counter remedy or you can check your local health food store for a all natural remedy like a natural melatonin derivative, although I’ve try them all and either ended up with a bad all natural type hangover or they just never worked at all. So the call is yours. I say and recommend baby steps try the over the counter and all natural products first and if all else fails and you really want to get that well needed and more then likely well deserved good night of sleep you can always talk to your family doctor and have them prescribe the zolpidem. One piece of advice I would like to give you is to only take what is prescribed by your doctor, because this medication is no joke, don’t take it if you are going to ever be in a position where you would have to drive, walk, talk, or do Anything other then sleep. Even though they say it is not addictive and is a much safer alternative to the highly prescribed valium and other like drugs they use to prescribe years ago before the zolpidem hit the shelves, it still has allot of the same effects and additive qualities as its much less used counter parts. Hope you can find your peace of mind and can relocate your missing rem-sleep moments that most miss more then sex, yes sex believe it or not and believe me I know better then no other there’s nothing more gratifying then waking from a great nights rest.

      • Anquinette Perkins

        I’m not too sure if I’m a sensitive exactly but I can actually feel and sense when there’s a presence in my home. I’ve experienced different item’s being moved to different places in my home and I had an experience last year where something pulled my leg while I was in my bed ( I wasn’t sleep)!!! There are many instances I’ve experienced where me/children was watching a christian program and we all started praising God and the dish rack in my kitchen flew off my sink, then the pot’s on the stove flew off the stove. I rebuked the spirit and told my children to not be afraid but to continue praying. The paranormal is something I’ve experienced different places. I’m interested in becoming one.

        • Anquinette Perkins

          A paranormal investigator that is. I’m very interested but feel like I’m a bit to old to even attempt it. But who knows

          • salena

            I’ve always wonde

          • Joni Mayhan

            Look for a meet-up event in your area or connect with like-minded people on social networks. I started with a meet-up group on

        • salena

          Wow sounds interesting. Are you afraid of the presence in your house?

  • Dave Parker

    I have bad sleeping issues enough as it is – I really didn’t need this! 😉

  • cass

    Too late. Started reading at 2:52 am and got done just now.. Yay ._.

  • Jeevan Pawar

    yesterday morning my gf had gone into her new home at 4am with her bro . when she entered the house someone kept a hand on her shoulder and its paining to her till nw , when she looked backward a bamboo was swinging like a garden swinger and before 2 days she saw a black shadow on her roof but it wasnt seen properly to her but she knew sum1 was der on the roof and at d same tym she felt like dying like her last breath and 1nce she felt sum1 is doing something with her physically jst same like sex .der wasnt any1 but she had all d feelings from 11:30pm to 12:30 or 1 am pls give immediate suggestions she is very afraid nw from going into her new house

  • Zozo

    The truth about the paranormal:
    Do not watch if you are easily disturbed

  • Craig Davies

    I used to suffer from sleep paralysis and I used to sense a terrible sense of dread, like that was a spirit in the room that wanted to harm me, now that I have converted to Christianity, all this has come to an end and I now sleep like a baby, (Psalm 27) thanks to Jesus Christ the one to died for me and defeated Satan through his crucifixion. Now I understand the truth meaning of the cross, (1 Corinthians 1:18). Thank you Lord, thank you Jesus. Amen! :)

  • Manvir

    I used to always wake up at 3am with the creeps, it happens less now but I hate it because at the times i wake up I can see nothing but shadows.