Third, the Gniutka/Gniotka (again, probably spelling her name wrong): She's a woman that comes at night. She'd rest on your chest and make it hard to breathe, while asking you for something in exchange for her to go off you and let you breathe again.

This sounds like an incarnation of the global Sleep Paralysis(and/or Sleep Apnia) myth. Sleep Paralysis is a real medical phenomenon where people are half-awake, but cannot move and still dreaming enough to imagine things sitting on their chest or holding them down. Sleep apnia is when, for whatever medical reason, people find themselves waking up in the middle of the night because they suddenly cannot breathe. You can find similar creatures in the "Nightmare" "Mara" or "Hag", who were all supposed to be demons who sat on people's chests so they couldn't breathe while they slept.


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