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Lyndsey Russell wrote:

Hi, guys —

I guess I am not sure who to speak to but more and more frequently I am praying in my sleep.
My husband says I speak slow and extremely fast. I haven't been to church in a while and, to be honest, have sort of lost my way from the Lord. I have no idea what causes such a thing especially since these are prayers I do not know and I lock my jaw up when I do it.

My husband has to forcefully put his fingers in my jaw to release them and force me awake.

  • What should I make of this?

I really don't know what to do but it scares my husband. We have been together 14 years and
I have never done such things in my sleep. I'm usually a very sound sleeper but this seems to be happening to me more and more.

I guess I'm just confused.


  { What do you make of my husband noticing that when I sleep, I pray and my jaw locks up? }

Mike replied:

Hi Lyndsey,

Thanks for the question but it really falls outside the scope of our mission:

To clarify misperceptions about the Catholic faith and Catholic teachings.

We are not medical doctors. If you need spiritual, not medical counseling, for this situation
I recommend you touch base with a pastor or priest that is faithful to the Church.

Irrelevant of whether you have this medical condition, or not, I would encourage you to reconsider coming back to Church on a weekly basis.

Praying the Rosary is an added, great way to commemorate the Life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and we are so fortunate be assured that our soul's are pure through Confession:

  • No matter how long we have been away.
  • No matter how grievous our sins have been.
  • No matter how many times we have committed any number of sins.

    The only sins that cannot be forgiven are those we are not willing to confess, striving the best we can not to commit them again.

Remember, Confession is a tribunal of mercy and healing, not of judgment. The point is not to accuse you or impose guilt; the point is to relieve guilt and apply the balm of mercy to sins so that they might be healed. A sin is like an injury, and the priest is like a doctor.

To be able to partake in the life of Christ Himself through the Eucharist is also a great blessing.

If you have any further questions about the Catholic faith, don't hesitate to ask us at:

or better search our knowledge base for questions we have already answered:

(To date we have answered over 4,714questions.)

Take care,


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