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Teeth Grinding In Your Sleep 5 Simple SolutionsProbably the worst part about grinding your teeth in your sleep is that you're totally unaware it's happening. After all, you're asleep! Unfortunately, the next morning can bring about a harsh reality, with jaw pain, headaches, and sensitive teeth.
Worse yet, this condition, known in medical circles as bruxism, can cause further complications if left untreated. These include loss of tooth enamel, loose teeth, and tongue problems. Much like any health problem though, there are underlying causes as to why you're grinding your teeth at night.
Let's look at five causes of teeth grinding at night, and five simple solutions you can implement starting today ...
Although no one is exactly sure what causes teeth grinding, many
dentists find improper teeth alignment is a big culprit. Of course, getting your teeth aligned isn't a simple solution, but a mouth guard is. In fact, a mouth guard should probably be your very first step, in order to avoid further damage to your teeth until underlying activators can be addressed. Mouth guards are easy to wear, and are readily available. Your dentist can recommend an appropriate choice.
Ah, now here's where we start getting to the heart of the matter. Be honest with yourself and identify your stress activators. Chances are, these stress points are effecting other aspects of your health as well. Even if they aren't, you'll need to address and deal with your stress. We recommend brisk exercise 5 to 6 times per week. Far and away, exercise is the best stress reliever available to us. Even a one mile walk will help alleviate your stress level.
We're referring to your sleep posture here. Make sure your head is slightly elevated while you're sleeping. A good, comfortable pillow is your best bet. This will help your airways clear and put you in a more relaxed state. Dentists point to evidence that suggests most teeth griding occurs while sleeping on your back with your head flat and even with your torso. A slight elevation of your head and neck can ease the grinding problem.
When we discuss diet, we're addressing two different aspects. First, make sure your diet is conducive to restful sleep. That is to say, no late heavy meals or foods that will impede your sleep. However, be aware that some foods and drinks are natural stress reducers. Peppermint is an excellent example. Lemon is another. Try drinking herbal non caffeinated teas flavored with these two elements to creat a chain reaction effect of better sleep and less teeth grinding.
#5. Sleeping Habits
Even if you can't devote a full eight hours for sleep, it's important to try to develop consistent sleeping habits. In today's world, that's often hard to do, but be aware that stress is triggered by inconsistent sleeping patterns. The unfortunate consequence is often teeth grinding.
Probably the biggest cause of teeth grinding is stress. And while stress usually can not be alleviated using one strategy alone, it's important to recognize and understand your stress factors. Usually, these factors are the primary cause of grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Take a good hard look at the five solutions above. Be honest with yourself, and then implement the strategy or strategies most appropriate for you. When in doubt, start with your dentist, who can tell you if your teeth grinding is due to a condition beyond your control. Fortunately though, most teeth grinding is caused by stress and not more serious medical problems. Address your stress, and chances are great you'll resolve your teeth grinding problems.
By: Jim Hofman
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