I have had experiences of sleep paralysis before this particular experience. It started when I was around 18. At first the SP would feel like a dream, but then I would realize that they weren't dreams, because whenever I would open my eyes, everything in the room would be exactly how it was when I went to bed. What I mean by that is that when I would experience SP, it was as if I was seeing my whole room through foggy glasses, but everything was exactly the way it was when I went to sleep, if I placed a red toothbrush dangling from my nightstand, it would be there for example.
Anyways, those first few times of sleep paralysis were always creepy, especially after I looked up what sleep paralysis actually was and saw that other people had experienced things like this before including seeing shadow people. The most frustrating experience with SP was when I was in Peru, and for some reason I have always been afraid to sleep in my grandmas house alone, it is probably from my aunts stories about denudes, ghosts, and her feeling as if someone would sit on her bed during the night in that house.
I was in that room and I fell asleep, and I sort of woke up, it was as if I had not even realized I even feel asleep, I remember shutting my eyes, but when I woke up it felt as if I had just gone to sleep a second ago. I could see what was in front of me normally, a little foggy, but not as foggy actually. I saw a toy bin, some clothes, basically everything the way it was; as if I had my eyes completely open. It truly did feel like I was awake, the only thing was that I felt as if someone was holding me down, I tried to stretch out my neck, but I could only muffle.
It really felt as if I was tied up, I was sleeping on my side too, not even in the supine position (which I hear can be a trigger of SP) I don't know if this was supernatural, but I had not experienced SP like this before, I even remember thinking that I knew I was going to be going through it, I could feel it through my legs first, and then it would just paralyzed my whole body, I couldn't even wiggle a finger like I usually tried to do.
I didn't see any "shadow people", but it was still the most terrifying for some reason. Sorry if this was a boring entry, but I found it interesting when I realized that what I was going through actually had a name. Thank you for reading.