Would you say that sleep paralysis is demonic? I know a lot of people acclaim it to being demonic while scientists say otherwise. I tend to understand that it is a natural phenomenon.
The scriptural answer is both.
God is ultimately working all things after the counsel of his own will, and a part of his plan is to use evil spirits to do his bidding.
Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Here is a very good example in Job.
(Job 2:3 NKJV) Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
(Job 2:4 NKJV) So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
(Job 2:5 NKJV) But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
(Job 2:6 NKJV) And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
(Job 2:7 NKJV) So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
We now know boils are most often caused by bacteria or fungi that infect a hair follicle. This does not negate the fact that an evil spirit of the Lord has been sent to cause that bacteria to infect a particular person for God’s purposes.
(Amo 3:6 KJV) Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
The same is true for blindness. We know now that blindness is due to some physiological defect in the eye or in the connection from the eye to the brain. Never the less it is God’s work to cause this to happen.
(Exo 4:11 NKJV) So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?
(Col 1:16 KJV) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
(Col 1:17 KJV) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
It is a very narrow way when it comes to properly dealing with these types of issues. If we find ourselves struggling with sleep paralysis or any other physical issue we must approach it from a spiritual and physical standpoint.
We must acknowledge that God is causing all things and ask him to heal us if it is his will. A part of that healing very often involved Him giving us a physical command of something for us to do that we may be healed. For example in 2 Kings Naaman was told to wash seven times in the Jordan, and he was not going to be healed until he did it.
2Ki 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
(2Ki 5:10 KJV) And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
(2Ki 5:11 KJV) But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
(2Ki 5:12 KJV) Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
(2Ki 5:13 KJV) And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
(2Ki 5:14 KJV) Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
I’ve suffered from digestive issues for years, which I know God was causing. Through a multitude of counselors I learned that I must follow a strict diet designed to heal these issues. So over three years with much prayer and struggle, I followed the diet and now am for the most part healed of that affliction.
Sleep paralysis is often triggered by fear, so healing in this circumstance can come through being given more faith to replace the fear. There may be physical things to do as well that I’m not yet aware of.
The problem with orthodox Christianity is that most do not acknowledge God’s sovereignty over these evil things they believed are caused by Satan and his evil spirits. Many of them believe that God is in a battle with Satan and that sometimes these evil spirits win certain battles. They do not know that God dictates ever move Satan makes for his purposes.
I hope this helps,