21 Scariest Things That Have Woken People Up

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Everyone has been woken up in the middle of the night before. Whether you were snoring and your SO wanted you to STFU, your pupper licked your face because homie had to go potty, or you had a strange dream, we’ve all been there.

But the worst way to be woken up? By something absolutely terrifying. It’s happened to the best of us. You hear a noise that startles you or you have the most horrible dream imaginable. It’s the pits, and it definitely leaves you a little shaken up.

Well, the following 21 people were woken up in the absolute worst ways imaginable. From something crawling on them to someone in their room, these people had to endure the absolute worst, and I pray to g-d you never have to go through that sh*t.

These are 21 of the scariest things people have woken up to:


Woke up to my dad covered in blood shaking me like a lunatic. Apparently he had a dream that he was in an army and was killing people he woke up went to the bathroom saw he was covered in blood (from a nosebleed) and thought he sleep walked murdered his family.


When I was 16 a roach jumped onto my mouth. I went from sleeping to on my feet in less than half a second. I couldn’t sleep in my room for a week.


I just rented a home and decided to spend the night in it before all my things arrived early the next day. So I made a simple bed out of a camping matt on the floor of the bedroom and went to sleep. I was woken at 2 am by someone tapping me on the shoulder. I snapped awake to find no one there and decided it must have been in my head or I dreamed it so I went back to sleep. About an hour later I was awoke again by someone tapping me on the thigh, this time I flipped on a flashlight and again I found no one in the room, however this time I caught movement out of the corner of my eye and discovered my “intruder.” There were at least 3 or 4 rats trying to find cover from the light of my flashlight. I grew up on a farm, very comfortable with rodents; but that incident freaked me out for a couple nights.


As a 7 year old terrified of an alien abduction, I woke up one night to this frantic scratching sound somewhere in my room. I was paralyzed with fear, and it continued for a few minutes, stopped, started again, then stopped for good. I laid awake for awhile after that, then finally fell asleep again. When I woke up in the morning, I found out my hamster had gotten out of his home, and the scratching was his claws on the vinyl cover of a 3-ring binder.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of