My girlfriend has had episodes of sleep paralysis long before I knew her, and I have to wake her up from time to time. I had never experienced it myself. We moved from our old house about 4 months ago where this event took place. I have always gotten weird feeling of someone watching me there. So one night, after walking down the hallway and going to lay down on the sofa, I was feeling "watched" again. I ignored it and went to sleep. I awoke about 15 minutes later if that, unable to move my body or talk. (my eyes were open and I know I was 100% awake) I looked to my right and saw a floating figure in the room that looked like the grim reaper. (just a shadowed appearance) It was floating down toward me and making mumbling noises like it was trying to talk. I instantly became filled with shock and horror since I was unable to move.
After about 10 seconds, I was able to get myself to flinch, and the figure disappeared. I laid there a minute just to make sure nothing was there. I was not asleep because I was awake before I saw it. I do not feel this is a sleeping disorder because I have never had it happen to me before, and my girlfriend experiences this all the time. (kinda strange I never had it happen until I met her and have seen her having sleep paralysis right in front of me) She has awoken before, moaning with her eyes open staring at me.
That morning I woke up and went out and laid in a different room in the house to get some sleep. I was lying on my sofa in another room and I woke up again, unable to move. (this was during daylight) I did not see anything so I just waited and listened. I felt like something bad was watching me. All of a sudden, I hear children laughing and I could hear footsteps coming from the back of my house as if they were coming closer. I closed my eyes once this started to happen, and then I broke out of the paralysis. Any thoughts on this matter would be very helpful. Also, haven't had it happen to me since. (this was about 6 or 7 months ago when this took place)