I haven't had a hypnopompic hallucination that intense since the snakes when I was a kid. That time, I woke up convinced there was a snake in my bed -- that was more visual, just a smallish snake wiggling down at the end of the bed. I forget how it ended/disappeared, but I suspect it was me whapping at it; this time, I woke up, convinced there was something moving down by my legs. (There wasn't.) As with the snake, I woke up, heart pounding, and it was *really hard* to convince myself it hadn't happened, even though I knew it didn't. (At least I don't fall out of bed? That's apparently common.)
This was at around 5 am, so I think it was that the guy upstairs was rattling around, prepping for work, and I incorporated it into the waking up.
(Hypnopompic: Post-sleep. Hypnagogic: Pre-sleep.)
With the snake, I piled stuffed animals around the bed as guardians. (And since I was about 7, I had no idea what had actually happened. I suspect I told my mom about it in the morning, which would be hilarious since I'm *not* ophidiophobic, and she is.) This time, I just went to the bathroom, did some deep breathing, and then, once I got back to my room, thumped the end of my bed a little as an aid to convincing.
I don't get things like sleep paralysis or exploding head syndrome (and isn't that a term for something one would like not to have), but I do sometimes also have some minor hypnagogic hallucinations, mostly of the "I suddenly feel like I'm falling in a weird direction" variety. Though come to think, I haven't in awhile. I mostly associate them with my parents' house. (Also, they're not autonomously scary. No heart racing.)
Anyone else have stuff like this?