Choking in Dreams

Choking and dreaming of it could very well be a signal for helplessness. To choke is the inability to breathe due to something obstructing the air pathway. Suffocating to death is one of the worst things in life. You are helpless to free yourself, dying in an agonizing manner in which you are completely cut off from a very basic bodily function.

To see yourself choking in your dreams is indicative that there are some things currently taking place during your awake self that you find difficult to digest or accept. Choking in dreams may have different interpretations depending on the substance being choked on.

This dream can also mean that you feel repressed, not being able to fully express how you feel.

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  1. Hello, last night I dreamt that I was choking on some kind of net. I think it was a basketball net, I know weird right? Anyways, I could hardly breathe and I began to pull the net out, and as it came out, I could feel it moving up my throat and it was endless. I began to pull it out faster and that caused my throat to burn as if someone was giving me an Indian burn in my throat. I could also feel the heat and pain on the little thing that hangs at the back of your mouth. It felt so real and when I woke up I could feel the same pain – on the thing that hung in the back of my mouth – as in my dream.

  2. I had a dream last night that I was being chocked, that I was watching myself being chocked through the window ultimately dying. Upon this I could still contact the living as a ghost and I was told that I could only been seen in the light not the dark, freaked me the hell out

  3. I dreamt someone was pinning me down on the bed stuffing toilet paper down my throat and strangling me. I was choking and I couldn’t breathe.
    I finally realised in the dream it was a dream so i tried to wake up but I struggled to
    Then when I woke tears were running down my face. I was shaking. My throat was very dry and I was in pain from thrashing about. I was crying as the dream terrified me and i was afraid to go back to sleep.
    I needed a drink and to compose myself.

  4. Could someone tell me what my dream meant…I dreamt that my 6 year old daughter was choking on fries at an old apt we use to live at and the more I kept trying to help her the more she kept choking her knees were buckling and I felt as if I was losing her slowly? Can someone plze tell me what my dream means. I’d appreciate it

    1. I had a dream that my 2 year old was choking on a chewy sweet. I am first aid trained for my job so naturally in this dream I did what I should do but I could not slap her back as hard as I was meant to! Woke up with my heart beating so fast, my mouth was dry and chest ached! My 3 eldest were vivid drowning dreams she was choking. Horrific. Hope you managed to settle.

  5. In my dream, I saw myself stand at the busstop and i saw my pastor codling a lady across the road to where i stood. Suddenly, the lady passout the pastor tried help out, he could’nt and instead ran off and pass out as well. I immediate swung into action casting and binding but got choked and could’nt continue. meaning we were all helpless.
    why did i get choked? And could’nt the pastor deliver the girl?

  6. just a few weeks ago ive started having dreams where there is something in my mouth that i cant get out. it’s not a whole dream in itself, it’ll just randomly occur during the events of whatever dream i am currently having. it feels like a large but usually soft object is lodged in my mouth and its obstructing my ability to breathe. sometimes i can pull some of it out but sometimes i keep reaching inside my mouth but cant grasp whatevers there. last night it was a bunch of yarn i pulled out of my mouth in my dream. im getting really scared and idk what this sensation means, someone please help.

  7. I’ve now had two dreams in which I’m being choked in the last six months. It happens while I am sleeping, suddenly I feel like a male person is actually choking me and holding me down with their hands/forearms. At this point I actually am conscious but am gurgling/gasping for air and start sweating. The only time it goes away is when my boyfriend awakes terrified from my gasping and has to shake me for a few seconds and call my name repeatedly. Actually, I’m concerned this is not a dream but something else, but not sure where to go to have that figured out

    1. Sleep paralysis is the only scientific explanation anyone could give me when I experienced the same thing. My mother had a spiritual explanation that I don’t really entertain but when it happens and it’s over I pray.

  8. I had a dream last night I was being choked with my necklace by my boyfriend. When I woke up it had felt so real and my necklace was broke. I woke up sad, it was almost as if I was watching it happen to my body from above myself and I couldn’t stop it.

    1. I think your necklace got stuck around your throat and the choking sensation prompted the dream. The necklace broke, thankfully! I never wear necklaces to bed for fear of just this. You must have a negative relationship with your boyfriend for your mind to put him in the place of the villain, or else you’re fearful or mistrustful because of your past.

  9. I had a dream where I was hanging out with my mom at night, my dad brought home cookies and then I start messing around with stuff in my parents bedroom. I open the closet and there is a person in their who is mad. My mom recognizes them, they grab me and throw me to the ground. They began to walk towards me and began to turn into a zombie, so then I tryed to look for something to kill them with. I saw a necklace and grabbed it, and when they got close enough I got it on their neck and while I’m choking them out, the scene resets and plays repeatly until I began to get backspasms and woke up.

    1. It sounds to me like you think your mom has some secret (skeleton in the closet) that is harming the family. Your dad is the nice one (cookies!) But this thing in your mom’s life, which she clearly recognizes, is threatening your stable home. You’re trying to overcome it but you can’t do it because it’s not your problem, but hers.

  10. Hi I’ve recently dreamt that I was choking to death while trying to say the kalimah but could barely say it could you tell me what that means and also I didn’t use to practise Islam that much only during Ramadan I always fast but after Ramadan it was usually back to jahaliyah but I’ve recently had a big calamity and my realationship with ya Allah is closer than before. So yeah just wanted to know what the dream interprets

  11. I dream I’m chocking on a marble or something similar it gets so bad that I feel it wedged in my throat it’s very frightening I wake up up and sit up in bed thinking I’m chocking to death I’ve had this dream a lot it seems to be getting worse

  12. I dream that i am choking myself. What does it mean? I read tarot cards occasionally, and they say i should focus on my dreams. Not sure if that helps

  13. I recently had a dream of being ingulfed in bubbles that seeped through my pores, building up so dense that I couldn’t breathe and was choking. I actually woke up from the feeling that I couldn’t take in air, it was frightening.

    1. I think it means you’re protective and worried about him. Is he having any issues talking or communicating? Does anyone in your house do needlework? If so, it could just represent fear that he’ll literally find a needle and put it in his mouth.

  14. I frequently have choking dreams,im 24yrs old and i started having these dreams 3 1/2 years ago. In my dreams im almost always choking on objects like needles,glass,food,or something i cant identify. Sometimes ill have this dream several times a week even, what does it mean??

    1. I ve had exactly the same thing happen to me. Ive had them almost 20 years now. They are more frequent now. So grateful that I found this site and knowing that Iam not the only one suffering from this terribly frightening issue. Please let me know what you are doing about it. Ive been told its rem behavior disorder. Best wishes.

      1. If you’re choking on something sharp like glass or a needle, it means you’ve said something you wish you could take back. You feel that you habitually say the wrong thing and get into trouble for it. You have to “eat your sharp words” or are “choking on your words.”

      2. my previous reply disappeared so I apologize if I’m double posting. If you dream that you’re choking on something sharp (like glass or needles) it could mean that feel like you say the wrong thing and have to eat your sharp words, or that you’re choking on the things you want to say. You’re in a situation where you feel controlled and guilty, and maybe you have suppressed anger about it. You need to find someone to talk to that will let you get it out of your system.