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If any of you have waked up in the morning with a sore jaw, then you my friend are grinding your teeth in your sleep. This grinding of teeth in sleep is a condition known as Bruxism. This is another one of the unpleasant sleeping conditions that have been associated with sleep apnea.
Bruxism is the parafunctional activity of our teeth which means that they are doing something that they are not supposed to. There are two types of Bruxism which are as follows.
- Nocturnal, which happens normally at night
- Awake, which happens during the day time
There are serious following negative effects of Bruxism no matter if it is nocturnal or awake one.
- Teeth becoming sensitive
- Teeth wear down
- Jaw muscles starting to ache
- Suffering intense headaches
Today for our readers who suffer from Bruxism we have gathered some effective ways to help you stop grinding your teeth at night.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine is known to be a well-known stimulant for Bruxism. For those who suffer from this problem should cut back on caffeinated drinks d beverages. For those who drink caffeinated drinks, it makes them agitated and active in the day but at night it Is harder for them to get relaxed.
The same is the case for alcohol but it has another different reaction for the body. Alcohol makes a person fall asleep much faster but this sleep is actually a restless one.
Reduce stress in your life
Stress is the most common cause of Bruxism as it keeps a person nervous during the day and restless during the night. In order to relieve stress from your life try taking part in stress-relieving activities as well as making life changes. You can start doing counseling, exercising, and meditation for a change.
Stop chewing things that are not food
Most of us had habits of chewing on nails, pencils or event the legs of our glasses. Some of us even have these habits as adults. Chewing anything that is not food actually is giving an invitation to the bacteria to come in your mouth and disturbs your mouth’s normal activity. This chewing on things other than foods is also linked to a person grinding their teeth at night. This uncontrollable chewing is due to stress.
Involve calcium and magnesium in your diet
Grinding teeth can also be due to the lack of some supplements. Instead of giving yourself unnecessary vitamins and supplements on your own, run some tests through a doctor.
If tests reveal that your calcium and magnesium levels are too low; then start taking them. These elements are actually helpful for healthy muscle functions and a healthy nervous system.
Relax properly before sleeping
If a person suffers from night Bruxism, then they should unwind before going to sleep. This means that you should be calm and relaxed before going to sleep. The more calm and relaxed you are, lesser are the chances for a night of sleep without teeth grinding.
You can try to relax by reading a book or drinking a soothing cup of green tea before sleeping. Massaging your necks, shoulders, and face also help a person relax before sleep.
Get a mouth guard
If you still suffer from intense teeth grinding, then go see a doctor. Most doctors recommend a mouth guard. You can buy a readymade guard or a custom-made guard. A Custom made silicon mouth guard is a much better choice as it will perfectly fit your mouth.