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Why do I bite my tongue when im a sleep and the pain wakes me up?

Why do I bite my tongue when im a sleep and the pain  wakes me up?

Tongue too large: Your tongue could be a bit too large for your mouth or your lower jaw might be small. Perhaps you grind your teeth in sleep (bruxism). Do you snore? If your tongue is too large for your mouth, that increases the chances that you snore and even have sleep apnea (stopping breathing in sleep), which can be a dangerous condition and requires treatment by a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more

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Ive noticed that I bite down on my tongue while I sleep. This has been happening for a very long time. And It's very painful when I wake up.

Ive noticed that I bite down on my tongue while I sleep. This has  been happening for a very long time. And It's very painful when I wake up.

Very well could be : That you have something referred to as bruxism, which is abnormal grinding/clenching of the teeth, mostly at night. It's often related to stress or teeth alignment issues(malocclusion). You may consider trying an over the counter night guard to see if that helps, otherwise talk to your dentist about this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What causes biting tongue in sleep. I wake up with bite marks on both sides of tongue. How can I prevent this? I am sleeping/unaware when I do this.

What causes biting tongue in sleep. I wake up with bite marks on both sides of tongue. How can I prevent this? I am sleeping/unaware when I do this.

REM Sleep Cycle: In deeper stages of sleep, the muscles of the eyes (rem) are active, as well as the muscles of mastication. That's why some people clench and/or grind their teeth at night. If you are an "active" bruxer, you can "nip" the sides of the tongue. Once swollen from the injury, it is easier to bite again. Be careful. Talk to your dentist about a night guard or Elavil 10mg to decrease bruxing in dreams. ...Read more

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Whenever i have.My seizures it is unusually in my sleep and i bit my tongue really hard . What i would like to know is why in my sleep wake up?

Whenever i have.My seizures it is unusually in my sleep and i bit my tongue really hard . What i would like to know is why in my sleep wake up?

Doubtful: If you believe that biting tongue is sign of waking up in sleep, then you are mistaken. It is only sign of grandmal seizure. You bite your tongue during seizure in unconscious state. ...Read more

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Go to bed at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
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Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
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Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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I get constant headaches that make me feel nauseated , have really bad back pain, I bite my tongue and cheek in sleep..are these related?

I get constant headaches that make me feel nauseated , have really bad back pain, I bite my tongue and cheek in sleep..are these related?

Separate conditions: These conditions need to be treated separately. See your physician for headaches and back pains. See your dentist for tongue and cheek biting. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I bite my tongue and the inside of my lipps when I am asleep, I am very tired of this and I am affraid to go to sleep?

Why do I bite my tongue and the inside of my lipps when I am asleep, I am very tired of this and I am affraid to go to sleep?

You could be bruxing: Some people, esp those under stress, grind their teeth at night. In addition, biting your cheeks and tongue could be due to a slight misalignment of your teeth that can be sometimes remidied by some adjustments. I suggest you consider a mouth appliance that you wear at night that prevents you from grinding. See your dentist to have one of these appliances made for you. You need your sleep. ...Read more

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Only use your bed for sleep or sex
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Do not eat or drink 2 hours before sleeping
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Turn off all noise-making devices
Once
Make the sleep space as dark as possible
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I bite my tongue in my sleep. I've tried a mouth guard, but I spit it out during sleep. Any suggestions on prevention?

I bite my tongue in my sleep. I've tried a mouth guard, but I spit it out during sleep. Any suggestions on prevention?

Sleep: You are grinding your teeth during sleep. Perhaps your night guard does not fit well. Do you also snore? Are you tired during the daytime? Are you overweight? You may have sleep apnea. Get evaluated for this. Treatment may be an oral appliance or CPAP ...Read more

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