Just to start with, I'm fully aware of the things our minds make us think we're seeing or hearing or feeling which is why I'm cautiously skeptical in most things revolving around the paranormal; I'm more inclined to seek the most obvious explanation first. Still, it doesn't make the experience any less daunting. But I'd love to hear any feedback.
I've had this experience a couple of times, the most recent one just this morning as I'm posting this. I woke up as my fiance was getting ready for work and, knowing that I still had time before I had to get up, I remained in bed. He left a little while later, leaving the bedroom light on and the fan on in the bathroom. I woke a couple of times, having dreams in between consciousness, but was so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open.
At one point, just before getting up, I lay in bed with my eyes closed but feeling awake. I heard shuffling in my room as if someone was walking around. I tried opening my eyes and moving, but I couldn't; I figured it was sleep paralysis. All the hairs on my body stood on end and my heart rate increased because, at the moment, it felt like there was someone in the room looking over me from the edge of the bed. I thought I heard whispering, something inaudible but, of course, when I opened my eyes after straining to do so, no one was there (not even my cat - she was looking out the window in the other room).
This feeling scares me a bit, but I figure that there's a reasonable explanation like lucid dreaming or otherwise. But it does feel real: the footsteps, the paralysis and hairs on end, fast heart rate. Or is this simply my body's reactions to a very vivid dream? There's no imagery matched with it and I can recall other dreams I had this morning. I know there are people who's expertise in these kinds of things go beyond the paranormal and can explain what might be going on. Any (positive) feedback is appreciated.