1. Went out to the garage and found my husband. He had hanged himself.
“Fell asleep on the couch downstairs. Never slept soundly there but for some reason that night it was like I’d been sedated. Woke up with a start and checked the time on my phone. 3:30. Had a missed text from my husband saying ‘I can’t imagine my life without you.’ Decided to grab a cup of coffee since I usually get up at 4:30 anyway. Saw the garage lights on. Went out to turn them off and found him. He had hanged himself.
Edited because I forgot to include the scariness that actually jolted me awake: My two dogs were howling and whimpering and running back and forth at the kitchen door. That alone scared the bejeepers out of me.”
2. A black bear was about eight inches from my head, breathing heavily.
“This was just last summer. I was out camping up by the boundary waters (MN/Canada border area). The next day we would drop in and spend a few days/nights canoeing and camping in the area.
I was solo in my small tent and fast asleep. I was having a bizarre dream that I don’t quite remember. However in the dream someone kept saying, ‘Hot….Hot…Hot…Hot’ over and over in a very throaty deep voice and in rhythm fairly rapidly.
I suddenly woke up and realized what it was. There was a nose of some animal, I think it was a black bear given the size, poking against my tent and breathing in the same cadence and low guttural kind of voice that was in my dream. It was indenting my tent about 8 inches from my head and sniffing about, breathing heavily.
Strange how your brain integrates external stimuli into your dreams.”
3. Woke up suddenly to see a young child at the end of my bed, who then started to slowly shrink in size until gone.
“Woke up suddenly to see a young child at the end of my bed, who then started to slowly shrink in size until gone. Not so much scary as very odd.”
4. Waking up to a room full of smoke.
“Waking up to a room full of smoke. My roommate fell asleep with a lit cigarette and burned our house down.”
5. Woke up and the kitchen was on fire.
“A fire. I was visiting my uncle and I fall asleep deeply when suddenly he opened the door aggressively telling me the kitchen was burning. Worst day of my life, felt like I was going to die the whole time.”