3am to 4am Spiritual Message Time

I'm not a "like a log" sleeper. I toss, I turn, I have crazy dreams; some symbolic, some, just my brain having fun. But over the years, I've had one thing remain pretty constant when my head finally hits that pillow at night:

I wake up somewhere between 3 and 4 in the morning, on a pretty regular basis. I'll toss and turn for a little while, then my body heat will skyrocket, and after it goes down, shortly after 4am, I'm able to go back to sleep without a problem.

It's been happening for probably 10+ years now, ever since I truly found my spiritual path. 

I can remember explaining things to my friends when we lived in England over a decade ago, and they giggled as they told me quite matter-of-factly, "That's the time when the veil is the thinnest, love." What? Veil? Thought that was only on Halloween...

When we lived in England, I joined an amazing moot- a very eclectic group of pagans from many different spiritual paths. They held workshops, meetings, outings, camping trips, handmade goods fairs- I LOVED it; my soul was truly at home there. I learned so much about different beliefs, old-world philosophies and much more. I was finding myself spiritually,during this time, so I was a sponge who soaked up every bit of metaphysical information I could. I asked questions, researched, and immersed myself in the ancient spirituality that is found in England.  

They all knew about the 3am - 4am waking time, so they shared with me. (This was back in 2003ish, so while there was the internet, there was nowhere near the amount of information on the internet as there is today.)

Between 3am and 4am (some articles on the web today say 2am to 4am) in the morning, the veil between the spiritual realm and our realm is the thinnest. This isn't so much the same veil-thinning found at Samhain (Halloween), where past loved ones and spirits can communicate with us- this daily thinning is more for spirit guides, your higher self, and messages from the other side. 

I used to fight this nightly interruption, get really mad that I was up, yet again in the middle of the night. Once I found out that the wakings would continue until I opened myself to whatever message they needed to get to me, I stopped fighting and started listening. Sure enough, I was given a message- one that led me to the spiritual path I'm on to this day. 

Now, I don't fight the intrusion. I welcome it.

It doesn't happen every night, and when it does happen, the message isn't always clear, so sometimes they have to try a few nights to get things across. They're communicating across realms or dimensions, not just shouting from down the hall, so some patience is needed.

Over the years, I have found some tricks that have helped me receive the messages more clearly, and on the first try, so maybe the rest of my week is interruption free (unless they have more messages, of course). This is just what has worked for me:
  • Note the time of awakening. I have found that it's pretty much the same time each night. I feel this is because each guide has a "sweet spot" in the thinning of the veil, so that's the best time they can reach you. If you start to note the time, then you'll know when you are being awakened for a message, and not just because someone's car alarm went off outside.
  • Lie on your back and take 3 deep breaths. Center yourself and relax. I usually face my palms upward, just so I can receive any energy that might be heading my way. 
  • Concentrate on your third eye area, between your eyebrows. Continue to breathe smoothly.
  • Take note of anything that pops into your mind. Messages don't always come through as "Don't forget to take attend that natural healing convention next week." Usually, they are sent through as symbols, images, fragmented thoughts, etc that can all be pieced together to obtain the meaning. For me, I'm commonly sent images of animals or ideas for my store/blog/writing. In the morning, I'll look up the animal and find it's associated with an energy or idea I need to incorporate into my life at that moment. I love it when that happens.
  • When the images/thoughts/messages clear, you'll know it. I definitely recommend keeping a journal or notebook and pen on your bedside table, because you will want to write down everything you saw/heard/received as soon as possible. I don't even turn on a light most nights. I just open to a blank piece of paper, date it, and start randomly writing words down. It looks crazy in the morning, but the key words help trigger the experience, and our brain can put together the message after it's fully rested. Write down your interpretation of the message on the same paper the next morning, just so you can keep everything together to look at later, if need be.
  • Thank your spirit guide. This is pretty important. Please don't forget it.
  • Go back to sleep. If the message was conveyed, it will probably be no problem.

I do have 2 pretty important side notes that definitely need to be thrown in here:
  • More than likely, your body temperature will skyrocket. I usually break out into sweats, which last all of about 10 minutes, then things go back to normal. From what I've read, this is simply due to the surge of energy you'll get while connecting to the other side. Some articles state a rise in body temperature correlates to a rise in your body's vibration level- that makes sense, too. Whatever the reason, if an immediate torrential downpour of sweat bothers you, be sure to keep a towel near the bed. It will come on, stick around for 5-10 minutes, then go away as fast as it showed up. 
  • For me, things aren't always handled so smoothly in bed with simply deep breathing and opening myself to the message. I have felt the need to get up, draw, write, light candles, etc. So, while most of my nightly message deliveries come in the manner I stated above, some heavier messages require more to receive or truly understand them. As long as you don't fight it, and go with the flow of energy, sleep after the message still shouldn't be much of a problem. Your spirit guide or higher self isn't here to torture you with sleepless nights when they know you have a big meeting the next day; they simply want to get their message across to you, and once that is done, they help you with getting back to sleep. If you are up for hours after the message, that's on your own brain not being able to shut off, not on the message or messenger.
The more you go with the flow when a message comes your way, the easier they get. Then, one day, you'll wake up, see that it's your "sweet spot" time, deep breathe, open yourself, stick a leg outside the covers (helps me with the body temperature surge), receive the message, thank your spirit guide, write it down in the dark, roll over and go back to sleep- no problems at all. In the morning, you'll take a look at the chicken scratch on the page, decipher it and receive your message. 

This is all based on my own personal experience. I did research some (now that the internet has so many different sources for info, much more than 12 years ago) to see if I was alone out there with this waking time thing, and read tons of other people's experiences on the matter. Everyone's experiences are different, but sharing them helps people better process things when they happen.

Have you ever been awakened during this veil-thin time? What tips do you have for future readers on what works for you during this time?  Let me know what you think down in the comments!
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  • Donna - May 24, 2017

    I am a total advocate for life after we pass on I don’t use the word death because it seems so final, for from my experiences the spirit lives on. the spirit is the true essence of who we are. Over the years my experiences have been of the spirits I have come in contact with have a message or a story or a need to be told. As my husband passed last year Febuary 27, 2016 I have had so many experiences with him. It is a daily connection, a relationship I am thankful for. Some days it is a constant thing with letting me know that he is going to be there for me. We were married 41 years and it says in your vows till death do you part. So if you don’t die in actuality then you never part. makes sense never thought of this I am happy with my life. I think our conversations are more now than they were when he was here . This is an example that loves transcends all things. As for being awaken in the mornings for 3am and 4am it happens every morning from a dead sleep and my body heat is at it highest. I do the leg thing and it helps to lower it. I know it is either my husband or the higher power and I talk to both to acknowledge them. I will try those exercises you recommend. Never experience so much beautifulness of life I am blessed!

  • Angela - May 13, 2017

    The past couple of mornings I have been awoken around 4-4:15am, use to be I would wake early in the 3am hour. I am always drenched in sweat from getting super hot all of a sudden, usually doesn’t last long. The other thing I have noticed these past couple of times is my dog sitting by my bed staring at me expectantly. This morning same time,same body heat and sweating, but he wasn’t staring at me but my doorway and once he realized I was staring at him he jumped in my bed wanting to be comforted. Does he know something I don’t?

  • Amy - May 11, 2017

    I have been waking at 3:30 am almost everyday and its been happening quite often and i wonder if its a deceased loved one trying to tell me something

  • JoAngela King - May 10, 2017

    I have waking up during this time frame for years. 3:00a.m. is pretty much my time. I don’t even know why I wake up, I just do. I don’t even know what really led me to this website, I just got here and I am going to start listening to any message I get.

  • Aman Gill - March 27, 2017

    Hi guys i m from india. and it is almost 4 of the morning. I wake up regularly near 3 and for the first time i got the message clearly. and then i simply browsed it on internet and found this article. Well it was nice seeing u all guys here. And yea the messages never scare me, they are just showinh me the prsent things happening to me in a different manner that how high it can go. I think there is nothing to worry. So goin back to sleep bii guys.

  • Lucy Roberts - March 21, 2017

    I woke up around 4am to hear my canvas fall of fod the wall. It was fully secured and had been thinking about finishing it for a few days prior. Nothing I know of caused the fall.

    Was this a message?

  • Carey - March 16, 2017

    This is very timely for me. The past few nights I have been awakened at around 3:23 AM. As soon as I am awake I feel my spirits cats all around me especially Samson who just crossed in May 2016. I also start feeling a heat surge throughout my body. I have been going through my own spiritual awakening for years now and it seems to be more heightened in the last two or so years. I often talk to my spirit guides and ask for their help on a multitude of things going on in my life. I have been dealing with a very emotional situation around a job that I plan on retiring from in 2018. Sadly for me I am financially unable to leave until then but it brings a lot of emotional challenges. My boss and I are on two different wavelengths much of the time. I am basically just biding my time until I can officially retire with full benefits. I will make sure that I am open to my spirit guides this evening to receive any messages they may want to give me to help me navigate my current circumstances. I will need lots of patience to help me through it for sure. Thank you for your validating post.

  • Mike - March 14, 2017

    I am a sound sleeper, never wake up during the night, unless I have to go to the bathroom and that could be anytime. I have heard about the 3:00 wake up time before from my wife. Never thought anything about it. This week, I wake up at exactly 3:00AM, looked at my digital clock and exactly 3:00AM. Hummm, the very next day I wake up again, but at 2:00AM, exactly, I looked and then remmebered I did not move my clock ahead the 1 hour for daylight savings time, it really was 3:00 again. Strange. We shall see going forward if anything else happens, no notice of being to warm or sweating, but I do get warm at night and have to uncover at times, may be normal.

  • Shiy - February 24, 2017

    Last night I woke around 3:30 I wanna say, though I am not sure, I do remember looking at the clock and seeing it was past 3 but not close to 4. So I realized I was wide awake and then suddenly I hear a ringing in my right ear and it goes away. I look around and I think I say something like you woke me up and 3 and gave me the ringing, what is it? I don’t think I tried to hear the message because I just wanted to go back to sleep. This is the second night I woke and felt awake but the first hearing the ringing. I’ll start to listen from now on

  • Angela - February 20, 2017

    I love everything about the piece but the up for hours after. ..it is definitely still spirit. .at least for me..but thanks it means so much to me that im not alone!!

  • Matt - February 11, 2017

    I have been waking up at 4 AM for the last 2 weeks. Sometimes drenched in sweat, although I am not sick. Before this, 3 AM waking up was not abnormal to happen randomly. Interesting post, will be doing more research.

  • Tina - February 08, 2017

    I was drawn to this article today. I have been waking up at midnight and at 4:00 am for the past few days. I am experiencing the sweats and chills and I am not sick. I will ask my guides tonight what the message is. Thank you.

  • kelsey - January 28, 2017

    I am 19 weeks pregnant with my rainbow child. So when I started having sleeping problems I blamed hormones. However I noticed that its always 3am thst I wake up. Usually I can fall back asleep but I continue to wake up every hour until around 6 or 7. Some nights I fall into a sort of trance where my whole body starts to tingle and I cant open my events. Then I feel I pressure on the edge of my bed like someone is sitting. And scorching closer. I am unable to move or look so I just lie there and pray. It terrifies me every time. I once tried to wake my husband but could only move my fingers. I am a very devoted christian but feared it was something sinister. I pray everyday and night to god to protect my family and keep my unborn baby happy and healthy. Please help me figure this out!

  • Kat - January 11, 2017

    I woke up at 3AM or a little after again. I have woken up at those times before and thought “Why am I akake? I should be asleep!” This time however was different. I had left my contact lenses in so I went to take them out. But for some rea son I had a feeling that I had to do something. A song that came out by my favorite band about 4 days ago was the reason. I don’t know why but I thought “I have to finally listen to this song.” So I did and I was completely moved to tears. It described EXACTLY the spiritually related situation I’m going through. The dreams I had received this morning all of the sudden made complete sense. The meaning behind the symbols when I had looked them up was crystal clear. I realized this could not be a coincidence. So I googled wheat it meant to wake up after 3. And O scrolled down and was lead to this article. I have of course thanked my guide or guide(s) for this message. And I’m so grateful that this article exists.

  • Janel - January 08, 2017

    So happy I found this post. I’ve been going through a difficult divorce. For the past week I’ve been waking up at 4:00 am. One of my dogs trembling at my bedside, the other dog awake, tail wagging as if asking me to get up. I also have been burning up. I’ve been ignoring this as just my dogs clocks being off, or just spooked by a noise but now I feel relieved. I usually get info through animal speak. Very excited to go to bed tonight and open myself up for what I’m supposed to know/receive. Thanks so much!

  • Debra - December 30, 2016

    The other morning after what I think has been months of waking up in and around 3-4am, I asked what the message is that I needed to receive, and well suffice it to say I got the message. However, ever since that morning, I have been waking up at 1am. What is going on?

  • FallenAngelsStar - December 24, 2016

    Found your page after a quick Google search, so much clicked into place after reading this piece. The last 3 nights I’ve woken up for seemingly no reason at exactly 3:33 am, 3:33 am and tonight at 3:17 am. This happens not all the time but once in a while, usually not this often or as in a row as the last 3 nights. Thanks for the info, I’ll be back to read more from you later today! <3

  • Nyke - December 10, 2016

    For the past week since I’ve been home I have been waking up between 2,3 and 4.. obdont know why. It just started when I came back from my parents house in another city. I’m a very spiritual person, so I was told if God wakes you up in the middle of the night he wants to talk to you and to pray. I’ve been praying but, I still don’t understand it. I hope it’s nothing bad. Pls help.

  • Calliope - November 29, 2016

    Ever since the I found out my dad has cancer I’ve been waking up at 4am it’s weird to me because I just noticed it recently. This night I took longer to go to sleep thinking it would help me to sleep longer but instead I was startled awake by my bed breaking at exact the same time I was waking up. So I positioned my self to go back to sleep in a chair and then something Pat me on the head not violent but softly. Then the baby woke up inside my tummy. This made me think that my dad spirit is traveling. That makes me so sad. I’m sad and stressed. Last night I prayed it just seemed like the right thing to do even though it didn’t put me back to sleep. I don’t know I’m just not sure what to do or think.

  • Tammy - November 29, 2016

    I wake up around 3-4 or sometimes even 5. I immediately check my messages, get up to use the bathroom. Light candles or turn lights on and then get into bed and my body temperature gets so hot I have to take the covers off for 10 min. Then I get a cold chill through my body several times over the next 10 min. I wish I knew what message they are trying to give me. Also for almost the last 15 years I have been able to envision the near future. People call me a freak. I hardly speak of my intuitions because of what others say and then when the stuff happens I envisioned I will tell them I predicted that to happen.

  • Brooklyn - November 26, 2016

    I’m frightened. It’s 4:14 and for the past week I’ve awoken at 2:35 and some time around 4 in the morning. Both my parents told me that my angels are watching me and that I should welcome them. I’m not too terribly sure because my angels could be dressed in disguise. I do infact though have something in my room. I always have, but now trying to contact it, really frightens me, actually crying writing this. Should I go through with contacting or try to sleep again. Oh and also may I note, my room gets down to 59° degrees some days. Help.

  • Heather - November 21, 2016

    I have always woke at this time 3 am to 4 am since I was 12. I am now 43. I have had 3 children who have seen things and people. My youngest now (3 yrs) gives specific detail about the man that she sees. My now 5 yr old gave me specific details about being locked in a cage on a boat and wanted to know why it happened to her when she was little. I always feel a presence around me. But here is the thing. I don’t want to. I’m scared. I don’t want this gift. I don’t want my kids to have it. So any advice to make it go away? I pray a lot asking God to make it stop. I feel like these “things” around me change my moods and make me not nice. I just want them to go away.

  • Suraj - November 11, 2016

    I dont belive on god or ghosts.i am just 14 years and whenever i listen to music and walk out i see cats or dog that come near me i think they are trying to tell something to me but i dont understand anything so i ignored it .i like to know if ghost exist or not so i watch videos and read articles on the internet and yesterday 10 11 2016 i read an article on if you wake up at three am what will happen.i thougt it was some thing stupid. But that gave me some curiosity about what will happen at that time i wanted to record my video at that time but i didnt do so then i went to sleep and suddenly i woke up and i was inside my blanket then i tried to sleep but i didnt get sleep i started sweating in my bed then the article i read came in my mind i was like wtf i was freaken scared i didnt move my body and pretended to be slept because i read if you wake up at that time between 2am and 3am for no reason then someone is staring at you i am right now scared even while typing this and so after that i got back to sleep again some how telling myself that if ghosts exist then god also exist and he will protect me from you and went back to sleep the next day that is today 11 11 2016 i have read the article at the top about all this what is happening and well i am a bit cofused and i want to te you some thing ,that even before i was waking up at this time and going back to sleep but i didn’t know anything about this and know i have read a lot about it and i am confused also so my request is that can you give me a perfect solution to the problem it will be help full to me please!!!

  • Luz - November 05, 2016

    I started waking up at 2am and now the time has changed to 3am. I thought it was just my bladder telling me it was time to go to the bathroom and go back to my room. I also go to my son’s room and look at him and go back to my room. Sometimes I can go back to sleep, sometimes I am scared which I can even closed my eyes to sleep. I tend to cover my left ear every night because one time I heard my nickname very clearly whispered “Lucy”. It frightened me.
    Ironically, I read a message on IG about someone saying that" Why God wakes them up every morning at 3am, what was the significance". I got curious and googled the question myself and ran into this site. I’ve always been very spiritually connected to certain things. I get warnings and messages in my dreams. I get omen all the time, but I never even thought there was a reason behind this waking up.
    I’m a little frightened now for tonight. BTW I never used to sleep with my tv on, neither did my son. Now we both have our tv’s on and a little loud so we can fall asleep.

  • Jaime - November 04, 2016

    I just started waking up at 3:00 or 3:20. The first night I thought I saw a tall figure standing in the hallway. My dog also starts barking and growling. Can spirits send messages through technology? Cause one day at school we had to make logos and I went on to the drawing notebook on the computer and instead of my logo it had “Help me” written in red. It also had other words that I couldn’t read. I also looked at my calculator and it said triple 6. Idk if this is all a friend pranking me or if it’s a spirit. I’m going to start using the tips you said and see if it helps.

  • Terrence Teel - October 15, 2016

    Well I have had these moments of waking up around 3:00 -3:30 am off and on as I noticed over the years most of which were attached to dreams . However as of last week I mentioned it to a coworker and she said to me it was the waking hour the spirit world is connecting to me ..She and I have a great kinship and talk about how GOD is working in our lives and showing us favor. So now I get it.. I have to learn how to embrace the privilege.

  • Saemone - October 12, 2016

    For at least 10 years I wake up between 2-4 most mornings not knowing exactly why. In the last 3 years, I’ve become more spiritual and after a recent breakup, I started looking into signs and finding out why certain things happen. Somewhere along the way I was told or read that waking up at 3 am was not a good thing. That hour was bad spiritually. Today I came across your blog and I cant wait for my next spirit guide visit.

  • Jackie - October 07, 2016

    Thank you so much for this post. For the past couple of years I have been waking up around 3 and 4 in the morning with a deep sweat. I have always seen my numbers- 11:11, 222, 333, 444, but I never understood why I would wake up at the same time everyday. I am so glad I am not alone. Thank you so much for the insight. Now I understand how to channel it. God Bless.

  • Priscilla - September 22, 2016

    Both my mom, daughter, and I are all sensitive to spirits. My daughter has woken up at just before or around 4 almost consistently every night since she was a baby. As a baby, she would giggle in the night. As a toddler, she told me her deceased grandpa whom she never met, would visit her. Now, as a tween, she says there are to many watching her to sleep comfortably at times. I don’t know how to help her. I manage to control my sensitivity but that took time. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Rosemary - September 05, 2016

    Hello everyone! I was a bit concern about why I kept waking up at 3am. I mean, even though it has not been my first time…have a always thought of what was the reason to all this. Have always known that it had to be some type of connection from the other side, but always thought “Why me and what are they trying to say”…. Is kind of confusing and creepy at the same time. My question is, will this ever go away??

  • Eileen - September 05, 2016

    I have been waking around 3 most nights for as long as I can remember. If our TV is on standby the light will flash , we have also heard voices through a TV which is not turned on . Last night I followed advise from this site and had very strange experience. I saw loads of different patterns and colours a little like a kaleidoscope only wavey lines. Can’t work out message from it

  • Lauren - August 19, 2016

    I too have experienced this many times which started a few years ago. I would instantly wake up around 3am and be sweating. I would then have a ringing in my ears and lights appearing. I haven’t experienced this much lately, but I used to think it was a sign of something bad around me. I do however now see 11:11 almost every day, and feel like I am becoming more spiritual by the day. I know now that our guides are with us and help us. It is a nice feeling!

  • Dee - July 18, 2016

    I noticed the pattern of waking up between 2:55-3:05am when I was about 26 years old. Most nights I get up, wander the house in the dark, and return to bed when my hot/sweaty body has cooled enough for me to fall back asleep. This has been my normal for the past 20 years now, and also when I first noticed my spirit guide standing at the foot of my bed. We have seemingly one-sided conversations, but he always answers when I need his help figuring something out.

  • Crystal Salazar - June 28, 2016

    For the past couple months I’ve been waking up around 3am and last night 3:13. I was tossing and turning and sweating up a storm, for some reason I had the urge to drink something sweet. My mouth was very dry. Sometimes I feel myself waking up but I’m in my dream. Or see a shadow before I wake up. Am I trying to get a message?

  • Natalie - June 14, 2016

    Wow its 3:30 now, iwoke up half hour ago at 3am, after a really scary nightmare, it wasnt nice. I posted about this on fb, n the exact time the post was sent was 03:03 im a big fan of synchronicity. I felt the urge to check these times out, n have read a few interesting points. Thankyou <3

  • Navi - June 02, 2016

    Hey just last night I woke up at 3:20 as my first time and I was a bit shaken up about it and the next day I seen a glimpse of a little girl. Do you think she’s trying to tell me something or should I be worried?

  • Natalie - May 17, 2016

    I most definitely can connect with these feelings.. Always between right before 3 am to about 4am is when I’ll wake. Then I usually have to turn on my lamp sit with my thoughts and I always have an urge to write things down but don’t because of the time and wanting to get back to bed. I will use these tips you’ve given; your experiences helped!

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