We have all experienced that strange phenomenon where we find ourselves waking up in the middle of the night on a regular basis, at exactly the same time each night.

We find ourselves pulled from sleep and, in the haze of our waking selves rebooting, reach for the clock or our phone to check the time.

And with our brains working at low capacity, we see that familiar time and curse our bodies for insisting that we lose sleep, in the same way, every night.

That is natural enough. But things like that do not usually happen for no reason.

Of course, there may be a straightforward explanation.

It might be that at exactly the time you wake up each night, there is some kind of disturbance that you do not necessarily hear but wakes you nonetheless, giving the appearance of an unprompted interruption of sleep.

But when there is no explanation, we continue to look for an explanation.

Depending on what time you regularly wake during the night, there may well be a spiritual explanation.

When The Veil Is Thinnest

It is common knowledge in many cultures that 4 am is the time at which the boundaries that separate the physical realm from the spiritual realm are at their weakest.

Anyone who regularly walks in the pre-dawn hours will tell you that there is an eeriness to the world at that time.

They will also tell you that they feel and think differently at that time.

For many writers, poets and artists this quality of the pre-dawn hours is what pulls them outside at an hour when the rest of us would much rather be asleep.

This is because the physical realm is our primary experience during the rest of the day.

It acts as a veil, protecting our unevolved minds from the magnificence of the spiritual realm.

And at 4 am, the veil is at its thinnest.

Rude Awakenings

So when we are pulled from sleep at 4 am – at the time the veil is thinnest – it is very likely that this is no coincidence.

We are receiving a message from the spiritual realm.

It is at this time that our spirit guides deliver the most important messages, the ones most key to our spiritual journey.

They catch us when the veil is thinnest so that they have the most clarity in connection, and for another, much more human reason.

When we are pulled from sleep, our minds are transitioning back into the physical realm in which we live.

We are rendered, in no uncertain terms, stupid.

That is to say; we lack the busy thoughts that the day brings and are much, much more receptive to messages from our spirit guides.

So what should we do if we find ourselves pulled from sleep at 4 am every night?

Listen. Do not curse your spirit guides for waking you.

Accept the message, write it down, make sure you have the whole message down on paper so that you can decipher it in the morning.

Then, with a word of thanks and thoughts of gratitude for the love and guidance of your spirit guides, drift back into sleep.

I also want to stress about the importance of sleep, and other conditions to look at. So let’s clarify some conditions that may be relevant to you.

Understanding The Science Behind Waking up at 4am

While we can attribute this to a spiritual reason, I feel it’s important to explore the scientific factors as well.

According to many sleep experts, there are other various factors, including our internal circadian rhythms which play a significant role in this behavior.

This is echoed by Dr. Aneesa Das at the OhioHealthDiscovery.   

Essentially the circadian rhythm regulates our sleep-wake cycle, which influences when we feel tired and when we wake up. The Cleveland Clinic highlights these important factors, make sure to check it out.

There are other studies, Sarah Shoen a writer for sleep foundation highlights that there other important causes for waking up during the night.

She highlights the external and internal factors and conditions that cause insomnia, most are related to stress. She mentions how important it is to understand the mental and physical symptoms. 

Insomnia is the culprit behind waking up at night, these symptoms tend to be more prevalent in today’s technology focused lifestyles.

It is important to use phones, and computers wisely before going to bed, or maybe sometimes we need a detox from technology itself?

Whatever the cause maybe I strongly advise you to read this article by the Sleep Foundation.

I am also ending this article with a disclaimer. It is important that we look after our sleep patterns.

Disclaimer:  The content of this article is for informational purposes only, and I won’t consider it medical advice. If you are worried about your sleep patterns affecting you. I encourage you to consult a healthcare professional.


Edited by: Kash

Kash is a talented 3D artist who has worked at Apple and Splash Damage, and many other projects within the Games Industry. He also loves to blog about spirituality. He is the co-founder of Spiritual Nexus, where he combines his business and spiritual Interest to inspire others. 


Reviewed by expert: Grace Gabriella Puskas

Grace Gabriella Puskas is a spiritual author of a variety of MBS books, a passionate poet and visionary, and a qualified Reiki Master Teacher, Dream therapist, Herbalist, and Holistic & Shamanic Healer. She is a self-taught Astrologer of 15+ years and enjoys caring for others, healing the earth, and co-creating with the mystical powers of the Universe. She can be found Here.