I'm 23 and I'm male. About last week I took a dose of Advil PM (softgels) to help with pain, and to help me fall asleep. I took two soft gels (1 dose) with a glass of milk and went to bed around 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. I probably fell asleep around 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM. A few hours later at 4:00 AM in the morning I woke up suddenly, simultaneously I heard a voice say "Here I am *insert my name here*". I'm not sure if the voice said my name because I honestly do not remember, but I remember telling myself that it did at that time. The voice sounded like it was not human, a computer-robot voice. You know how in the cartoons they have aliens saying "we come in peace". It sounded exactly like that weird robot computer voice and way of saying it. I do not recognize the voice at all. It sounded very real as if the voice/person was behind me/in my room. It sounded so real, but when I looked around my room at 4:00 AM in the morning no body was in the room and no one came in because I have a lock, I am 100% no one came in the room. This was not me saying those words, I didn't even open my mouth. I read somewhere that this could simply be caused by being partially awake while being partially asleep in "dream-mode".
I have my bed in the middle of the room, so there is space behind me, in front of me, and on both sides. It made sense that someone could be behind me, thus considering if the voice came from behind me. But now that I think of it I can't even remember any small details. All I know is that this voice definitely sounded 100% in my room, just like a rel person talking in my room. My door was locked and my windows were closed. My room was completely sealed from the outside. This voice was either in my mind like schizophrenics hear, or God talking to me. The only difference is that this was the first time this ever happened to me, I heard a voice speak so clear to me inside of my mind (If that's what happened), and the last time as of right now. Schizophrenics hear voices all of the time, everyday, ect.
It's about a week later, I've been taking Advil PM to go to sleep every night, and I didn't have any strange things happen again since hearing the voice. The only other strange thing that happened to me was actually about a week before hearing the voice. A week before hearing the voice I did the same thing, I took an Advil PM dose before bed. Instead of hearing a voice at 4:00 AM, I woke up at 1:00 AM a few hours after being asleep and started to scream! For no reason at 1:00 AM I woke up, I started to babble, I babbled something like "aboo! Ahba bub! Woa huh! *gasp*", then I screamed "AHHHHH!". I do not remember why I did that. Even 5 seconds after it happened I did not remember why I did that. All I can remember is that I was thinking/seeing something scary, but I do not know what it is. After realizing that I had just woke up screaming for no reason, I went back to sleep. I do not recall this ever happening to me the way it did. I do recall of times where I had a nightmare and vividly saw it in my mind, and then at the end something scary happened which woke me up and I started to scream. That happened to me before. But this time I don't even remember why I woke up screaming. I searched my symptom online and found the closest thing that matched what happened to me was something called having a "night terror." Which apparently is different from having a "nightmare." I read somewhere that this also could simply be caused by being partially awake while being partially asleep in "dream-mode".
I felt like during both of these incidents, it was very possible that I could have been partially awake while being partially asleep in "dream-mode". I also want to state that I never took Advil PM before up until about 1 month ago. When I started taking it about a month ago strange things happened to me at night. It is true that recently I've felt very tired at night from taking this drug Advil PM. After all Advil PM is meant to be a "pain reliever with a gentle, non habit forming sleep aid." Therefore, these two strange things could very likely be a side effect of me taking Advil PM before bed.
It doesn't stop there. I began thinking a lot after this. I was never diagnosed with any "disorder" in my life. However back in 2014 I did believe that I fit most of the description for a person who has a "disorder" called "Schizoid personality disorder." I'm 23 now so I must have been about 19 in the year of 2014. I believe in God. I always have my entire life and God played a huge role in my life during this time. I went to a therapist and told them that I thought I had this "disorder". The therapist told me that "disorders" are nonsense, everyone has different personalities, traits, and interests. She also told me that I am not "Schizoid personality disorder" while pointing at the piece of paper which I wrote the "Schizoid personality disorder" name on before coming into her office. After that I realized she is right, why am I calling myself this? I am me. I am not "Schizoid personality disorder". Maybe I'm overreacting just because I am shy and don't have many friends. Which are traits of people who have this "Schizoid personality disorder". But I am way more than that and I will not label myself that, instead I'll label myself me because I am unique in many ways like everyone else. What does this have to do with anything? I'll tell you more.
So recently I've been doing some research on "Schizophrenia" and I realized that it sounds a lot like "Schizoid personality disorder", maybe it's just coincidence, who knows? I read somewhere online that "symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions usually start between ages 16 and 30. Men tend to experience symptoms a little earlier than women. Most of the time, people do not get schizophrenia after age 45. Schizophrenia rarely occurs in children, but awareness of childhood-onset schizophrenia is increasing." I am male and am currently 23. I began thinking am I developing Schizophrenia? Then I thought again and remembered that this is the first time I ever herd a voice, and it was the last time as of right now. It could also be a side effect of Advil PM which might have caused me to be partially asleep while being partially awake. Which is very possible.
Remember how I told you that I always believed in God? I did for as long as I can remember when I was about 5 or 7. Maybe before that but I just don't remember. I have always believed in and spoke to God using my mind. The night that I heard that voice speak to me as I woke up, about a few hours before I took the Advil PM at evening. I was thinking about God in a way which I usually do not. I thought about God and how he created everything. I thought about things such as life, death, and other things. I remember thinking of sad things as well that evening. I recall thinking something along the lines of "if people die, and there is sadness, why is it happening?" I was thinking about people who do really wrong things. I thought "even God gave up on those people, so does that mean God is not in 100% control, God doesn't control everything? Maybe God doesn't have time for me when I am sad, maybe God isn't here with me all of the time. Why are people killing, raping, harassing, and doing all of these wrong things? (I do not do these things I was just thinking about other people who do wrong things) Even God gave up on them, maybe God is not here and in control 100% of the time?"
I began thinking about this, I wasn't trying to criticize God, I was just thinking about it. I still believe in God and praise God.
So later that evening I got ready to sleep. I took a dose of Advil PM and went to bed later that night. Then at 4:00 AM in the morning I hear a mysterious voice (which I never heard in my life) say "here I am *insert my name here*!" which woke me out of my sleep. I honestly don't remember if the voice woke me up or if I woke up then immediately heard the voice, but it's as if the two happened at the same exact time. I was so tired and it happened extremely fast and fluently, I can't remember the order of which came first. I still believe in God although I never actually heard God's voice, I still felt like I "heard messages" from God through actions and events in my life. For example, something Godly would happen and I'll look up to God and say "I know that was you God!" Now after all that has happened I wonder if God chose to speak to me through these events, and maybe it was God's voice. The voice sounded like how aliens speak in cartoons "we come in peace." A computer robot sort of way of speaking. It was in English language. God must speak many different languages right? Because people speak many different languages. Maybe the voice sounded weird to me because God had to translate it into English language for me to understand.
Maybe God chose to speak to me after I started taking Advil PM so that I would think that it was Advil PM causing me to here voices, as a side effect from the pain reliever/sleep aid? The night I heard voices, a few hours earlier around evening is when I thought about God and "does God control everything? Even God gave up on people who do really wrong things, is God always in control? Is God always here with me?" Then a few hours later after going to sleep that night I heard a voice say "HERE I AM" and I am 50% sure that I heard the voice say my name at the end. For example, "HERE I AM *insert my name here*". I don't remember if the voice sid my name but I remember telling myself that it did, then I forgot the details as time went on. However, I am 100% that the voice said "here I am". That is pretty strange. Maybe God was answering my questions that I was thinking about at evening with "HERE I AM...", saying that God is here with me?
Please tell me what you think about all of this. Thanks for reading this story.