When I was about 16 I started getting sleep paralysis. At first it was nothing more than not being able to move upon waking or falling asleep and I only got it once and never got it again until a couple years later.
When I was 18 I got a job decorating cakes at a grocery store, and my schedule was 2PM to 8PM, and so I would go to sleep later at night and sleep throughout the morning which was a different sleeping pattern for me (I read that an abnormal sleeping pattern can cause SP). On top of that I would take my boyfriend to work in the mornings, so that meant I would wake up, take him, then go back to sleep (which is even more abnormal). This is when I really started getting SP often. I would get it 3 or 4 times a week. Some times were more frightening than others, but I remember seeing the same "person". It was a man in a long black robe with a hood, and I couldn't see the face, it was just black.
Once he was standing in front of my bed room door with the door open (which when I finally "woke up" it was closed just like I had it), and another time he was right in my face. Some times he would just yell, not really saying words, just like a loud scream, but he had a deep voice. And then another time which really scared the crap out of me, in that same voice, he yelled "Why are you doing something you can't control?" I was terrified to sleep in the mornings some times, because my boyfriend would be at work and so would my mom, so it was just me and the cats at home. It was daylight, not even dark in my room, and I was terrified to sleep.
Well anyway, my boyfriend (who I had been with before I ever had SP, he was lying next to me the first time I had it) had never had SP. Well, I kept telling him what was happening, and he said he never experienced anything like that before. Well one night he eventually did. He saw another hooded figure, but this time in a red robe and not a black one. He couldn't move and he said the figure was standing over him with a knife, about to stab him. He snapped out of it, but when he told me about it, he said he thought he was about to die.
Now I haven't had SP in a while, I am 21 now and I'd say it stopped at 19 when I got another job (still doing cakes) which requires me to get up early and go to sleep at a decent time. I can't really remember if I'd gotten it since then, it's happened so many times I lost track. But I think it's really weird that we both saw hooded figures like that, and that my boyfriend had never had an experience like that until it started happening to me.
Another weird thing was when I was a kid (maybe 4 or 5) I used to see "monks" (brown robes this time) by my parents bedside at night. Several hooded figures standing at my dad's side, always his side. I never mentioned anything about it until a few years back, and my dad says "I see them all the time, they're harmless". Well he's braver than me, because if I saw that on a regular basis I would probably be too scared to sleep ever, even if they were "harmless".
So what's up with the hooded figures? Has anybody else seen anything like this? What does it mean? I am always scared that it is going to start happening again. I was worried I did something wrong (judging by what that one had said), but I have no idea what.
I let my fear control me and asked them to leave but, I know when I'm ready they will return. I wish I could be like your dad and welcome them but its just so scary!