It is 9:00 am MST on Monday 11/23/20 at the time of writing this.
I live in Flagstaff, AZ and my roommates and I couldn’t sleep last night. This morning I complained about it to a friend in Tucson, AZ and she said that her and her entire family couldn’t sleep either and neither could her two neighbors and a few of her friends in her city. I asked three of my friends in Flagstaff and they were a bit startled that I knew they couldn’t sleep either. We thought it was weird that we all couldn’t sleep despite having no trouble the previous nights.
On top of that I was having indigestion yesterday afternoon for seemingly no reason. Once I finally fell asleep at 2am (I usually go to sleep at 9pm because I work most mornings) I had terrible nightmares all night and woke up a couple times. This is the first time in over a year that I’ve had nightmares and I usually only wake up at night to use the restroom.
My friend’s first thought was that maybe everyone is stressed about the holidays, but asking around it seems most of us are more excited for Thanksgiving than stressed; and I’ve just been feeling relieved because my work schedule has finally become stable again as of last week. In fact, my only holiday plans are to make one simple dish for a small Thanksgiving dinner this week. Not to mention, stress/anticipation doesn’t seem to be a likely explanation for why we all couldn’t sleep on this night in particular, but could the night before.
My only theory is that some sort of large weather fluctuation, geomagnetic storm, or small earthquake caused strong infrasound waves to travel through Arizona and give people minor cases of nausea and insomnia. I’m currently looking at weather data, earthquake maps, and geomagnetic storm data from the last 12 hours to see if anything might have caused sound waves below 20 Hz.
This isn’t a very urgent or important mystery. I’m just very curious and would love to know what may have caused so many people to loose sleep on the same night. I would appreciate if any of you would help parse through data to find anything that could have cause infrasounds over a large area. Also let me know if you have any other theories as to what could’ve caused the insomnia other than infrasound.
So far the best source I’ve found on the causes of infrasound and its affects on humans is this:
Edit: in the title I said Northern half of Arizona, but it actually spanned across the entire state of Arizona. I forgot how far south Tucson is.