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The witching hour

The 3 am dilemma
Some students wake up in the middle of the night causing them to sleep during class.
Grace Burg
Some students wake up in the middle of the night causing them to sleep during class.

When junior Taylor Kelsey revealed that she woke up at random times throughout the night, she never knew that this could be a sign of supernatural events known as the witching hour. In fact, Kelsey admitted that she had no idea what the witching hour even was.

“When I wake up I feel confused and disoriented.” Kelsey said.

The witching hour is the time between 3:00 am and 4:00 am. Origins of the witching hour started shortly after hysteria began surrounding witchcraft in the mid 1500s. This time was associated with spirits, demons and the devil, who emerged during this time as a way to create havoc for the surrounding communities by giving them nightmares and the inability to sleep.

“I’ve never really experienced anything, but I have friends that experience things during that time,” senior Grace Dancer says. 

Some forms of Christianity traditions correlated the time 3 am to the mocking of Christ since it was believed that he died at 3 pm, creating an inversion of time.

Although the witching hour can be seen as something supernatural or even religious, there is actual science that creates reason within this phenomenon.

The human body goes through cycles while we are sleeping. One cycle of sleep we go through is REM, or rapid eye movement. This stage is where most dreams occur and the body’s blood pressure, body temperature and breathing pattern become slower. Sudden awakening during this time can cause your body to become disoriented and agitated.

The witching hour can be seen as both a supernatural occurrence and the natural cycle of one’s sleep.

Overall, it’s up to the person who wakes up to decide whether or not the witching hour is a normal human occurrence, or if it’s an opening for demons and monsters alike to pester them with more nightmares to come.

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Cheyenne Calhoun
Cheyenne Calhoun, Reporter
Cheyenne Calhoun joined Uncaged Student News this school year. Cheyenne is a senior and is still figuring out her goals in life. She does know that she wants to attend college after high school. Cheyenne does sports to keep her busy during the school year. This year she is captain of the bowling team. . Cheyenne also has a busy life out of school with a job at the Stockbridge Bowl and helping take care of her siblings.
Taiyler Stanfield
Taiyler Stanfield, Editor In Chief
Taiyler Stanfield joined Uncaged halfway through her junior year and is an Editor-in-Chief this year. When she’s not yelling at students to do their work or editing articles for hours at a time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. After graduating, Taiyler plans to quit her full-time job Tokyo-drifting on the way to school to attend Eastern Michigan University, where she will pursue a degree in Young Adult Literature to become an editor for a publishing company. If all hope is lost, Taiyler will instead pursue screenwriting in hopes that one day she will make the big bucks and win an Oscar for the blood, sweat, and tears she shed. You will occasionally hear Taiyler desiring to have at least five cats, as she is dangerously obsessed with them. Because of this obsession, it is with 100% certainty that she will become the neighborhood's crazy cat lady.
Grace Burg
Grace Burg, Reporter
Grace Burg is a senior in Stockbridge high school. This is her second year being a part of the Uncaged family. She enjoys working, hanging out with friends, and playing volleyball during her free time.
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