I've always had trouble sleeping, mainly falling asleep or staying asleep. I have a history of sleep walking as well, though I don't do much of that anymore. When I would sleep walk, my mom said that I usually just used the restroom, but sometimes (this is creeeeeepy), I would just stare into a mirror.
Currently, I have restless legs when I try to sleep, so it takes from 20 minutes to fall asleep or sometimes 3 hours. Then, when I know I have to wake up early the next day, I will constantly wake up multiple times throughout the night and very early morning. Like this morning.
But first, my first sleep paralysis experience. It happened a few nights ago.
My sister would complain every few weeks of having sleep paralysis herself, but I had never fully understood what it felt like. She was always able to have her eyes open, but I couldn't even open mine.
The first thing that I was aware of was how silent my room was. I already have a cold room, so chills were running through my body already. Then I realized that I can't move, not even a finger. Never having had a sleep paralysis event, I began to freak out and thought that I was actually paralyzed (it was blurry and cloudy, so I might have been able to open my eyes just a bit). I tried to scream, but only got out breathy cries (which probably was in my head, since no one heard me).
Then I got a feeling that I wasn't alone. I could feel my cat pressed against my knee and I was thinking "Great help you are, Jeannie", when I heard something like wind move a few feet from me. Thin, claw-like hands began touching my shoulders, waist, wrists, legs, and even covered my mouth. It felt like hours and hours, until I finally woke up.
I had fallen asleep a little past midnight and woke up from it a bit past 1 am. I shot bolt up right out of my bed, making my cat jump down, and went to my sister's room, since I knew she had experienced it before. I didn't sleep for two hours after that, but calmed down eventually.
But I'm confused on what happened last night (or early this morning). I was half-asleep when I woke up at 1:30 am or so when I heard creaking. I look over and see a woman, covered in black as if from the 1910's, rocking in my chair ten feet away. She told me to turn off my clock (which I had covered before I went to bed, with a t-shirt because it's bright). I ignored her and went back to sleep.
I woke again around 3:30 am, hearing the same noises. She demanded this time that I turn my clock off. I was sitting up a bit, just staring at her. My sight was blurry, so I couldn't make out her features too well, but she looked like the woman dressed in black from Insidious.
I went back to sleep.
Was this something similar to sleep paralysis? Hallucinating, but able to move my body a bit?
Anyways, I officially hate sleeping.