We have lots of rodents running through the trees that overhang our patio roof so bumps in the night are not uncommon. If something really different wakes me up I have a 12 gauge with slugs and a barrel mounted light right by the bed that will show intruders the error of their ways. For anyone interested, a good light is essential. One of the primary laws of firearms safety is “identify your target and what is beyond it.” Shooting into the dark or through a door at someone you can’t see is beyond irresponsible.
@TrophyHusband Oh, trust me, they know. But when taking fire through a door returning fire is justifiable. Now the clown that shot through the window of the neighboring apartment needs to have the book thrown at him. Egregious misuse of force.
@Eskieguy Actually when I lived in a house there was usually at least one cat near by. If there was an unusual (to me) noise I’d judge the problem based on the cats’ reaction. Tilt an ear and stay curled up likely no problem, get up and run off, then problem. Get up to investigate probably a lizard or roach.
When I wake up in the middle of the night, my desire to resume unconsciousness is very high. I’ll lie there and drift off again unless something is persistent, assuming it registers as not part of a dream in the first place.
I mean, I’d investigate probably, if it really sounded obvious. Should buy a gun. Hardly feel like an American.
we live in the attic of an old house, and the house is shared by two other families, and it’s in the middle of a densely populated city. and i usually have the window that’s right in front of my face/head open while sleeping/attempting to sleep. so there’s basically constant noise of one sort or another. we even have coyotes now! anyway, i think i would be more confused or afraid if it were quiet, in which case i’d probably lay there terrified.
the only thing that still makes me jump every damn time even after six+ years here is when my partner opens the bedroom door to come back out into the living room. it makes such a loud noise and gets me every time.
also, if it were an intruder, they’d have to get through three sets of locked and deadbolted doors from either entrance and bypass several other doors leading to both my downstairs neighbors on their way up here. so i’d imagine they wouldn’t make it this far unless it was a targeted act, in which case any investigation on my part would probably be moot.
Really depends. Usually the cats so just lay there for a bit listening to confirm… After checking they aren’t still on the bed. If they are after a mouse I get up to assist/relocate it but it’s been a few years since ones been in.
Lights tripping I’ll take a peak but it’s probably the wind or raccoons.
Gravel crunching in the driveway at 3AM I’m probably up and armed. Last time that happened there was a random truck at the bottom of my drive. Dude said he ran out of gas. Which was a little weird cause the drive is at the peak of a hill that should kill momentum and then still had speed to turn into a down hill drive… And there’s a flat drive across… plus You’d think you’d pull over on the verge if it just died… But whatever. Talked to him and he got gas and left.
If it’s otherworldly, I get real close to so and surround myself with protective chihuahuas. If the chihuahuas bark, I put on my headlight and either get my bat or pistol. I sometimes need to protect my chickens.