For many years I have had sleep problems, most of them are connected to my days in the RAF, when I was worried about N.A.T.O. exercises being called at 3: 00 am.
These exercise came in three forms from the smallest Minieval, which was a camp based exercise to test the speed of readiness, to the N.A.T.0. based Maxeval's which included all the camps in RAFG, and the US exercises Red Flag. I was involved in a Red Flag which had to be cancelled after an incident in Arizona.
Nuclear, Biological & Chemical (NBC for short).
This type of exercise lead to many amusing incidents; one of which I call my Beau Geste moment. The most amazing - and amusing - thing is despite all the higher education of the officer classes, they forget one MAJOR thing.
They first thing the officers did was to phone everyone up. In a nuclear war, there will be NO telecommunications.
We've all seen the effect a solar flare has on TV & Radio, imagine the world covered in something ten times as bad. Another example is the earthquake which hit San Francisco in the the late 1970's,the only news coming from the area was on the Short Wave radio bands.
Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
I had a spooky occurrence five and a quarter years ago. I was having a bad time with my wife, and stepson, and I was back with my mother for the weekend. At 5:00 am I woke to go to the toilet,when I returned I checked my phone for some reason. On the phone was a message from my friend Faye's daughter, Marge. I didn't need to check the message, as we chatted on Facebook & IM most nights; there was only ONE reason for the call.
For several months after the death of my friend, I woke at 5:00 am.