"She later explained her experience to researchers who were conducting a survey about sleep paralysis, a common but somewhat unexplained phenomenon in which a person awakens from sleep but feels unable to move. Up to 40 percent of people report experiencing sleep paralysis at some point in their lives, and a few, like Salma, hallucinate shadowy intruders hovering over them.
"Sleep paralysis can be a very frightening experience for some people, and a clear understanding of what actually causes it would have great implications for people who suffer from it," said Baland Jalal, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego."
"Researchers say that sleep paralysis happens when a person awakens during a stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement (REM). People in this stage of sleep are usually dreaming, but their muscles are nearly paralyzed, which might be an evolutionary adaptation that keeps people from acting out their dreams.
It is harder to explain why a subset of people who experience sleep paralysis feel a menacing figure in their room or pressing on their chests. [Senses and Non-Sense: 7 Odd Hallucinations]"
So, were you sleepy? Were you just waking up, were you falling asleep?
I lived in a 17 Century house for 12 and half years and always saw shadow people quite frequently. Not necessary shaped like a person but black tall shadows. They never bothered me and I never told my family as I didn't want to disturb them. It was a very happy home when we lived there for 12 and half years and I loved living there, it was my dream home. I dont see them any more now we have moved to a newer home. I just felt very calm when I saw them, they didn't bother me but made me realise that there is something after death!
The best thing to do to get rid of the shadow figure and or Ghosts is to have a Pastor/Clergy, and another Member of a Baptist Church Pray in your house to tell the Ghost it doesn't live there, and it needs to go away. I know of a Church building, not the Main Sanctuary, but one of the Buildings at a Church here in Ventura, Ca. had a Haunting, they had it prayed for in the building by Pastors, and it went away and never came back. :)
I don't think they can hurt yournOr anyone else in your Family.
I know the feeling though.
The best thing to do is call a local Christian Church, and have him/her, and one or more other people Pray in your House. Prayer Works if you have Faith in God(Christ Jesus). Jesus was just a Man, but he was a VERY Special Man, he was God in Carnate who came as a Man to not only save humanity spiritually from our Sins, Heal Sickness, Diseases, and Wounds, but also to experience life to fully understand the Human condition. John 3:16 KJV