Ever suddenly wake up at 3 a.m. with no known reason, but you get a strange feeling? Could there be something creeping around your room that you can’t see? Three o’clock am is called the devil’s hour or the witching hour. The phrase “witching hour” was first recorded in 1793, however, this seems to be from the period 1535 where the Catholic Church forbade activities taking place during 3-4 a.m. The basis of this time also goes back to religious texts when Jesus was crucified at 3 p.m., the reverse of that would be 3 a.m., making this time for demonic activity. The number 3 is also a mockery of the Holy Trinity. This association with witches is thought to go back to when it was shameful if a woman was seen out between the hours of midnight to 4 a.m.
According to folklore, this time of night is when witches, demons, and ghosts are thought to appear and be at their most powerful. The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary identifies midnight as the time when witches are supposedly active. This time of night is thought to be when the veil between life and death is the thinnest, allowing spirits to travel between worlds. Some believe the witching hour to be between 12and 1 AM., stating more supernatural activity happens during that time.
Is all this just our minds playing tricks on us? Or does this all have to do with our sleep cycles? Science has stated that during the hours of 2 and 4 a.m., we see a peak in our REM sleep and a peak of melatonin in the body. Is this just a thought of when we wake up in the middle of the night, we are seeing strange things happen but, it’s just our minds and body having more melatonin causing us to see things at this time of night? Or does this all go back to the 1700s and there really is something to this hour? Some of this is based on folklore; there is no real evidence of any truth to this time of night causing more paranormal activity.