Ouch. It sure isn’t fun to wake yourself up by biting on your own tongue while sleeping.
Biting your tongue in sleep might seem random, but it can have a deeper spiritual significance involving what you are expressing or repressing while you are awake.
This post will explore the many possible spiritual meanings of biting your tongue while you are sleeping.
We will also offer you some suggestions for how you can stop tongue biting by addressing any spiritual issues that are contributing to this unconscious behavior.
Your Tongue is a Tool for Communication and Transformation
Understanding the spiritual meaning of tongue biting starts with understanding the spiritual meaning of the tongue itself.
Your tongue is not just a muscular organ in your mouth. It is the tool that allows you to form words when you speak aloud.
That means your tongue is powerful. Words have built and destroyed empires. Those you choose to speak to can transform your life and those of others.
You have heard the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” That saying applies equally to your tongue.
Biting Tongue in Sleep Spiritual Meaning Explored
Now that you understand the profound significance of your tongue let’s talk about what it means if you are biting your tongue while sleeping.
1. A warning about gossip
Biting the tongue could be a sign that you need to stop gossiping. In some cases, it could also mean that someone is talking about you.
If you are the one who is gossiping, you might bite your tongue while you’re sleeping because your higher self wants to remind you that gossip can be harmful, and it is best to stop.
If instead, it’s a sign that someone else is talking about you, it reminds you to be careful about what you say so you do not add fuel to the fire.
2. Someone else is thinking of you.
Sometimes tongue biting might simply mean that the Universe is telling you that someone is thinking about you.
In fact, many people think that if you keep biting your tongue while sleeping, that means that someone has formed a romantic interest in you.
If you have been lonely for a long time, that means that very soon, that loneliness could abate.
But you might want to pay attention to social cues while you are awake. If the other person is shy, they could be waiting for you to make the first move.
3. You or another is lying.
It could be that you are biting your tongue in your sleep because, lately your words have not been authentic.
You might be lying on purpose to manipulate another person, or your motivations could be unconscious. In fact, if you are also good at lying to yourself, you might not even be aware you are doing it.
Sometimes, tongue biting in sleep is a sign that someone else is lying to you. So, that is another possibility you will need to look into.
4. Speaking the full truth may not be safe.
There are situations where biting your tongue could mean that you should keep your secrets instead of revealing your truth.
Even though we should all be free to speak our truth, sometimes we find ourselves in bad situations. Being dishonest in order to protect yourself from malicious people can be painful, but sometimes it is the best thing for your well-being. I
If you do decide to speak, choose your words carefully.
5. You are not addressing your fear, anger or resentment.
Speaking of the lies, we tell ourselves, tongue biting is not always a sign that you are saying too much. Sometimes, it is a sign that you are saying too little.
Maybe each day, you are swallowing your words, burying the painful emotions you feel where others who disrespect you will not see them.
Or perhaps you are pushing those emotions down so deep that even you no longer realize they are there.
But what we repress does not go away. It stays hidden in our subconscious. Biting your tongue in your sleep could be your mind’s way of trying to dredge those hidden truths back up to the surface where you can confront them.
6. Your throat chakra is blocked.
Biting your tongue can also sometimes be a sign that your throat chakra is blocked. The tongue may be the organ you use to shape your words, but the throat chakra is the seat of self-expression.
By unblocking your throat chakra, you may find that self-expression flows more freely and that you stop biting your tongue in your sleep.
7. You have been talking in your sleep.
In some cases, it could be that biting the tongue during sleep may also be a sign that you have been sleep-talking. Your subconscious mind could be instinctively trying to get you to stop.
If that is the case, you may want to probe deeper into some of the spiritual causes for sleep talking. By addressing the underlying issues, you might be able to put an end to both sleep-talking and tongue-biting.
What is the Meaning of Biting Your Tongue During the Day?
The same spiritual concerns that can lead to nocturnal tongue biting can also lead to biting your tongue during the day. You may be repressing your truths and holding back free expression–or you could be speaking too much when it would be safer to be silent.
Take a deep breath and think about your life situation. What are you thinking and feeling at the moments you bite your tongue while awake?
Inquire deeply into your circumstances and emotions, and you can get to the root of why the act of tongue-biting is happening.
What is the Biblical Meaning of Biting Your Tongue in Your Sleep?
What does the Bible say about biting your tongue? For an answer, look to Proverbs 17;28:
“When even a fool bites his tongue, he’s considered wise. So shut your mouth when you are provoked— it will make you look smart.”
The spiritual meaning of biting the tongue while asleep or awake, according to the Bible is thus a warning. But rather than being a call for discretion, it is a call for self-control. Practice restraint, and you will come out better for it.
What Does It Mean if You Dream About Biting Your Tongue?
Having dreams about biting your tongue rather than experiencing the involuntary action of actually doing it?
Dreams about tongue biting can have any of the meanings we discussed above. But in many cases, these dreams indicate that you feel repressed or unsafe to express your true self.
How Can You Stop Biting Your Tongue in Your Sleep?
If you’re biting your tongue in your sleep, naturally you would probably like to stop. Doing so is important both for reasons of health and safety and to clear spiritual blockages. Let’s go over some simple suggestions that can help.
When you need to speak, mind the words that come out of your mouth. While it is important to express yourself truly, there is never any cause to do it cruelly.
Avoid gossip, even if it is factual; only spread information about others that is necessary. That way, you will not be sowing the seeds of discord.
Whenever possible, use your words to uplift others, inspire them, and validate them.
Sometimes, replacing negative words with positive speech is all it takes to stop biting your tongue in your sleep.
2. Clear your throat chakra.
If you believe your tongue biting while sleeping is a sign of your throat chakra being blocked, you need to unblock the chakra.
There are a lot of methods you can use to unblock your throat chakra. One of the simplest is to close your eyes and visualize a blue light where your throat chakra is.
Imagine the light getting brighter and more radiant, focusing on its deep blue hue. Do that for a few seconds or minutes–whichever feels right to you. That is all there is to it.
3. Express what you need to express.
Sometimes biting your tongue can be symbolic of the ways in which you hold back your truth each day. Clearing your throat chakra should make it easier for you to express yourself.
Say what you need to say. Share your true thoughts and feelings with someone you trust.
If it is not safe to talk to a particular person about what is bothering you, find someone else. Doing this can help with releasing negative energy. You will be able to process your emotions, work through your traumas, and live your life more fully.
Self-expression is also a matter of freedom and fulfilment. As spiritual beings, our physical manifestation is an expression of our higher selves. That means our very lives are based on expression.
By speaking your truth, you allow more of your fundamental essence to shine through into the Universe. In a very real sense, more of you get to exist.
4. Explore and release trapped negative emotions.
In cases where biting your tongue at night is a sign that you are holding back your emotions, it is time to face those repressed truths.
Consider doing some shadow work to get to know the parts of yourself that you exile. Invite them back home and integrate them fully. However daunting it may seem, you will find this work deeply rewarding.
5. Consider therapy.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at any point while taking the steps above, you might want to seek out a mental health professional to help you out.
A therapist can draw your attention to the thoughts and feelings you may be ignoring or burying and can give you tools for working through past traumas or ongoing challenges.
Your therapist can also address issues involving gossip, a lack of self-control, or interpersonal problems.
Finally, therapy gives you a safe space where you can share the thoughts and emotions you typically hide. Sometimes simply sharing your life experiences with a caring witness is all it takes to make a spiritual breakthrough.