Why do I growl, moan and bite things in my sleep?
May 17, 2014 3:16 PM Subscribe
Over the past six months, I've noticed that I've engaged in a number of increasingly bizarre behaviors while sleeping. I know that I'm doing these things because I usually wake up in the middle of whatever I'm doing.
posted by Avenger to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
1) I growl while sleeping. Once or twice a week, I'll wake up growling at something. This is really the only way I know how to describe it. The sound is not terribly different from how you would imagine a human growl to sound -- guttural noises passing through the vocal chords and out the mouth. These noises aren't associated with any dreams that I can remember.
2) I also moan while sleeping. This sound is a bit different from the growl -- more of a long (but very loud) exhalation that sounds like I'm angry about something. Again, there are no dreams that I can associate with these episodes. It happens about as often as the growling. I only know about it because (again) I wake up in the middle of doing it.
3) The inside of my cheeks and lips are semi-regularly chewed up from excessive biting, which also occurs while I'm sleeping. Sometimes I will wake up in the middle of a "biting session" -- for lack of a better word -- and my jaws will be involuntarily moving just long enough for me to regain consciousness and stop it. It's a fairly regular, snapping motion, as if I was eating something tough.
So, what the hell is wrong with me? Should I be concerned?