If your battle/negative entity fights all happen while you sleep, that's a tougher one to analyze. Because sometimes dreams are just dreams where your brain is problem solving. And other times, dreams can be lessons projected to you to teach you something. And then lastly, sometimes you really do go and do battle with bad things in the astral. Below is an interesting blog post by a medium who had a very real battle/lesson while sleeping. This may be very close to what you're experiencing:
You mentioned that you wouldn't want to go through the scary stuff that I do. And at face value, I don't blame you and used to hate my experiences. But a funny thing happened along the way. I progressed, found some tools and knowlege, and ultimately grew stronger. They don't bother me as much anymore. And I think this is a function of my focusing on keeping a high vibration combined with me being a more formidable opponent to the bad guys at this point in my life.
A couple notes to share to help you interpret what you went through:
*When your vibration lowers as an empath from stressful, difficult times in your life, it's like a dinner bell to negative entities. They will start showing up in your life in greater numbers. Conversely, when your vibration is high, you have an extra layer of protection. And the negs pretty much stay away.
*If you feel sudden cold breezes in an enclosed room that shouldn't be there, you already know what that is. I often get that plus a feeling that something is brushing up against my legs or ant like bites on my feet.
*Pay attention to any odd out of place pains that you may be getting. Like a suddently throbbing arm, or a feeling like an invisible stab, or shooting pain that goes in and out. You may also get like a hot flash where you're fine one minute, and then feel feverish the next. You'll probably also feel some unusual fatigue. These are typical examples that you are under attack. Sometimes it can be real subtle while others are more like a slap across the face. They either attack to scare you away from a room or location, or they attempt to attach and enter your aura. Many of them feed on your energy on the outer crust of your aura. But the more harmful ones will try to drill down deep in your aura to get inside your head.
*When at low vibration I also notice them sending me negative messages disguised as my inner voice to try to bring me down lower. I might all of a sudden hear "I'm a failure", or "I'm a loser and everyone just pretends to like me". These are well documented negative entity tapes that they play in your head to get you more depressed and to lower your vibration even more. Their goal is always to lower our empath vibration so that they basically disarm, manipulate, and steal energy from us.
You had mentioned that you woke up from a very active battle in your sleep all hot and sweaty and that you were paralyzed. Since these turkeys often try to attack and influence our minds in our sleep, you may have had some negative entity interference going on. And your guide was there to give you a sense of feeling protected eventhough my guess is that they wanted you to learn to fight back and fend for yourself. But like I said, it very well may have been your higher self allowing all of this as a learning experience. Especially since you felt strong and empowered when you woke up.
My final point is that I've noticed that experiences like yours only seem to happen to light warriors in training (I am also one of those). They don't happen to your average empath or psychic. It is very possible that part of your life path was meant to be a light warrior to protect humanity from the dark side.