No, not talking about nasty old ladies or any such a thing. This is something different.
Was dozing earlier today because of the heat when it happened, for the first time in a couple of years -- I was suddenly completely aware, knew I was awake, could not move in the least, and more, that someone was right there in the room with me and that they were specifically there to do me harm.
It went on for what seems to have been half an hour (checked my watch before I dozed off and after I woke up), and I kept snapping out of it temporarily, starting awake in the chair, only to slip right back into it despite my best efforts. The usual completely useless efforts at forcing myself to either move or speak or yell for help, feeling like my bones were being ground together, the feeling of physical pressure all over, and increasing panic until I finally completely awakened, jumping out of the chair with a yell.
One big difference this time -- I didn't just feel someone unseen in the room, I heard them walk up beside the chair and could swear I caught a glimpse of a moving body.
I've been experiencing dreams like that off and on for my entire life as I can recall, though they usually come in 'bursts'. I have them for several days or over a few weeks, and then nothing for at least a year. I always thought it was something unique to me, and then I learned about The Old Hag: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_pa…
I have to say, though, I never thought of my 'visitor' as being female the way they describe I just thought of it as being menacing.
However, I have discovered that I'm not the only member of the family to go through this.
My maternal grandmother had nightmares now and again for her whole life in which she was paralyzed in her bed and saw a shadow of a man slip into the room. No features or anything, just a shadow. He walked up to her, leaned over her, and started choking her. My mother would know when these dreams came because she'd hear her mom start choking and gasping for air. Then it was time to go to the bedroom and wake her up so she could start breathing again. This apparently happened often enough that she and her sister used to alternate sleeping with the door of their room open so they could help Grandmom whenever the Shadow Man came.
I thought that was it for a long time, and then I discovered my Uncle Henry apparently had these dreams too. After coming home from WW2, where he saw service with the USMC on Saipan and Okinawa, he moved into a new house. For years afterwards he had dreams in which a "dead woman" came down from the attic in the night and began strangling him. More than once he got kicked out by his wife after he awakened her with his shrieks and choking. He put up with it for years, but finally one night according to him decided to end it one way or another. The next time the dead woman came after him, he tried fighting with her. He said that the battle seemed to go on forever and went all over the room until he finally passed out from her choking him -- and awoke in the morning, sprawled on the bedroom floor. Whatever happened, it worked; he never saw her again and slept peacefully from then on.
I've also learned since then that similar dreams have happened to lots of other relatives on both sides of my family, though they were usually less dramatic and happened far less often. Isn't it kind of weird for this stuff to run in families?
Anyway, just feeling curious about all of that, and kind if wanting not to fall back asleep right now. Anybody here ever have things like that going on with them or their relations?