29 Worst Things People Woke Up To


I just came to this small village in China to volunteer for a few weeks; it’s the kind of place with only one, very poorly built hotel. To top it off it’s at the edge of the city, and there is a butcher house behind it. As you might have guessed, I wake up every night to the sound of pigs being slaughtered in what I can only assume is the most inhumane way possible. They scream constantly for a good minute before being silenced. I don’t know why they do it at night, and I don’t know how they kill them. They do in about 10 a night, and as someone who was born and raised in a city (and away from any livestock), the sound of them screaming during the night has and will haunt me for many months to come.


My husband dying. I woke to hearing him fall off the bed. He was unresponsive. My mom was staying the weekend. I went to where she was sleeping, told her to call 911, and started to do breathing and compressions on my husband. EMTs showed up very quickly. They had me go downstairs and a police officer talked to me while the EMTs did their thing. Then they came down and I knew, I sorta knew the whole time, but when they told me he was dead, I fell apart. They told me that he had died suddenly, and likely he had fallen off the bed when he died, so there was nothing anyone could have done. He had untreated sleep apnea, he may have stopped breathing and/or had a heart attack. Then I had to wake my 12 year old and tell him his father was dead. Sh*ttiest morning of my life.


I woke up to a flapping noise in my pitch black room. When I turned on the light, I realized there was a bat in my room and screamed like a b*tch. 0-100 in 2 seconds from a dead sleep. Not fun.


i woke up to my mom telling me my cousin, who was my best friend, had passed away a few hours ago. i was angry that my mom didn’t wake me earlier to go see him in his final moments, incredibly sad that he was gone, and i felt helpless that i wasn’t able to do anything about it. that was a decade ago and that morning still haunts me sometimes.


Ex Girlfriend at 5am projectile pukes all over me in my bed. Honestly, I am glad she woke up and was fine, but she covered me. I looked like a contestant who had been slimed on nickelodeon by Mark Summers.


had a mortar hit outside my bunk about 30 feet away. Its was at 5:29 am. I want that minute back.

Written by Irvi Torremoro

Irvi Torremoro is an Austinite by way of Las Vegas. She's worked in various outlets in food & beverage and is now focused on writing, eating all the things, talking about Beyonce, and petting all the puppies. She runs, a lifestyle blog about people in the service industry.