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Shadow figure; sleepwalking? Long post...
OK before I start writing I want to say I’m not crazy, spooky stuff does not happen to me, I don’t do drugs, and I have never sleepwalked in my life. My boyfriend and me moved to a new apartment last month. There is nothing particular odd about our new place, a few times I was sure I closed a door only to came back later and find it open, but that could just be bad hinges or drafts (we are still getting used to the house). One very weird thing is my cat will avoid the living room… He loves to sit by windows and the biggest window we have is in the living room, still he avoids the area.
Background aside, one night I don’t remember how, I was in my kitchen. I assume I walked there in a half-awake half-asleep state. I grabbed a bottle of water and closed the light. IDK what made me look over to the living room but there was a very tall long skinny and dark creepy figure just standing silhouetted by the light coming from the blinds. I got scared, very scared I couldn’t hear anything (and in nyc that is very rare!) I couldn’t even hear the fan over my head. I blinked and it was gone, but I was still creeped out and scared. I started a sort-of power walk/ sprint back to my bedroom. I didn’t hear my footsteps everything was just muted. I leaped back into bed I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t.
I laid there looking at the partially opened bedroom door for a long time. Finally from one side of the door I saw what looked like long skinny pointy fingers slowly griping the middle of the door. The got tense and looked like they were pulling something and then slowly this head… Or I think it was a head starting to poke out horizontally as if someone was laying on the door. I remember the chilled feeling I had, I couldn’t move, couldn’t speak… I noticed the silence had turned into this humming (like a a busted air conditioner). I saw what looked like two white eyes opened wide and a long pin hole of a mouth.
The next thing I remember was my boyfriends alarm going off and him waking up. I was too sleepy and weak to wake myself up. I thought it was a dream until my boyfriend said he found a water bottle in the middle of the hallway.
I told him what happened but he laughed and said I must have been sleepwalking and dreaming. I don’t know what to think, I don’t sleep walk. I’m sitting at work I feel chilled, walking down the long empty halls of the building gives me a uneasy feeling. I just wanted to share my experience and idk who to talk too.

There is something called Hypnagogic Hallucinations.

Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep. Mental phenomena that occur during this "threshold consciousness" phase include lucid thought, lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis.

Also Hypnopompic Hallucinations. These occur from sleeping to waking.
Thanks for the reply and welcome.
I read the article you linked me too and the second part of my experience does sound like sleep paralysis... Maybe due to the stress of moving...ty for the info I didn't know your mind be awake while ur body sleeps. However I'm so sure I was awake, especially during the first part of the night... i was coherent enough to take a bottle of water, and even run and leap into bed.nothing like this has ever happened to me before... and now I guess my cat won't be the only one avoiding the living room...

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