Sleep paralysis is quite a common phenomenon and many people experience at least one episode during their life. However, if the episodes occur too often or last for too long, it may be signs of narcolepsy. Isolated sleep paralysis episodes usually don’t require any treatment. These can be controlled by reducing stress, having regular sleeping patterns, sleeping on the side, and exercising regularly.
Besides this, during an episode, an individual should try and make some movements. Any kind of movement will help the brain get out of its dream state and release the body paralysis. So, you can wiggle your toes, try to scream, or any other movement that wakes you up fully.
Some people also find that going back to sleep helps them get out of this very frightening episode. Understanding and accepting the fact that this is just a sleep disorder will help an individual deal with such instances much more easily.
Keep in mind that the more you think that this is something beyond your control the more likely you are going to suffer an episode of sleep paralysis. While praying to God during an episode is definitely a positive step, being scared of that witch or demon which you think is trying to kill you is not going to be very helpful.
In simple words, sleep paralysis has nothing to do with the paranormal. It’s just a condition where your brain just takes a few more seconds to come out of its dream state. And this half-awake and half-dream state makes you experience certain feelings and perceptions which are not real and which you don’t experience when you are fully awake or fully asleep. So, if you think the old witch is bothering you every night, consult a physician.