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Do We Swallow Spiders in Our Sleep?

Published by Gary13 in Offbeat
April 1st, 2008

The possibility of you swallowing spiders or other bugs in your sleep completely depends on whether or not you open your mouth when you sleep.

The people who do manage to keep their mouths closed when they sleep, have a less chance for any bug to enter their mouths. For the people who do gape their mouth open when they sleep, I’m sorry to tell you this but, the chances are, you have already swallowed a couple of spiders. You swallow an average of 2 spiders per year. This is because spiders tend to find dark and damp places to hide, and your mouth is one of these places.

Spiders are not suicidal, they won’t enter your mouth if it’s dark and they can’t see what kind of “hiding spot” they are entering. So, it’s better to have a night light to let the spider distinguish your mouth from his shelter. There is also the other possibility that you have a spider egg in your room. When this egg hatches, hundreds of infant spiders jump around crazily and they might just hop right into your mouth. Pretty disgusting isn’’t it? The ways to reduce the chances of you swallowing spiders are:

  1. Try to sleep with your mouth under the covers or closed (yes I know it is pretty hard to do).
  2. If you see any spiders or bugs in your room, I suggest you squash it or take it outside.
  3. Have a night light or something that emits light to let the spider discern what it is entering.

Follow these tips to stay spider-free.

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  1. Jack
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Hi gary :P

  2. James
    Posted September 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I call total B.S. Spiders aren’t that stupid.

  3. jessica farrell
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 10:34 am

    this is totally sweet!!! i hope that a whole lot of spiders want to use my mouth as a hiding spot of whtever they think it is!! i am going to make sure that from now on i sleep with my mouth open so this does happen to me. i am going to capture a whole bunch of spiders and let them go in my room just to make sure there is spiders in my house. i just might even let them play with my woman testicles and rub my man sack accrost their face what can i say i am kinkey like that ;)

  4. jessica farrell
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 11:14 am


  5. Amy Martin
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Gary13 is either stupid or knowingly passing on false information. The myth of swallowing spiders in your sleep has been debunked numerous times. Hell, the origin of the myth was even discovered by Snopes.


  6. Kate
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Spiders, yum. ;D

  7. Bobby
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

    My ears are bleeding! Want a curry?

  8. Tiffany
    Posted January 24, 2009 at 2:42 am

    This myth came from a book that was written in the 1950s and brought to life again in the early 1990s… it was written to test the gulibility of people. Do you really believe everything written on the internet?
    hope not… goodnight to all

  9. Tim
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The only problem with snopes debunking this is that they refer to a non existent article in a non existent magazine.

  10. Bob
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Heyy bob :)

  11. kirsten
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm


  12. Anon
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Utter stupidity. While it’s true that the article that cites the statistic is bogus, it’s probably likely that we may swallow a very tiny number of spiders during our sleep cycle throughout our entire liftetime, probably no more than 4-5, and even then it may not be spiders- it might be ants, or flies, or mights or fleas, or any other number of tiny exoskeletal beings.

    I digress. Spiders have notoriously poor eyesight, with or without light, and couldn’t tell a well-lit human mouth from a hole in the wall. They feel motion perfectly fine though, and given that humans move throughout the night it’s likely that most spiders will flee for their tiny lives in fear of being crushed beneath obese human flesh.

  13. gwyn
    Posted June 30, 2009 at 2:38 am

    lol i feel bad cuz i told my friend that people swallow spiders in their sleep, and now she says shes terrified to go to sleep. oh hell i really wish i hadnt said anything

  14. mrissa
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    ewwww!!!!!!! i hate spiders and it makes me sick that in the night they are on my mouth cause i sleep with my mouth open!!!

  15. A
    Posted May 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Its not true. Someone wanted to see how fast gossip travelled around the world and so she made this lie up something everyone would believe and posted it on the internet and so its not true!

  16. Posted June 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    buy a cat

  17. Lesania
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 1:54 am

    umm, shure say i’m a spider…
    I approach a human while they sleep…
    me:hmmm, mabye i dont want to go near this gigantic breathing monster several hundred times my size.
    please realise that spiders are afraid, very much so, of any strange enviromental anomoly, i.e. very warm damp wind coming from a hole in this large creature with a lot of heat coming off it.

  18. SuRaTi
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:46 am

    haha this is TOTALLY UNTRUE! First of all, spiders are unlikely to walk around on someone for very long as we move in our sleep. Second, having our mouth open when we sleep means that we are breathing through our mouth, and spiders would be put off to go into this “breathing” hole. THIRD, spiders aren’t like humans and leaving a light on won’t change anyting, as their vision is totally different from ours…!

  19. grayscale
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    did anyone else realize this was written on April fool’s day? people are so gullible….

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