What to Do About Grinding Your Teeth At Night
Did you know, over 10% of the population suffers from migraines?
One cause of headaches, that you may not suspect, is grinding your teeth at night. This is a very common problem and there are a few solutions to consider.
In this article, we’ll look at what to do about if you grind your teeth! Let’s get started:
1. Causes of Teeth Grinding
There are many reasons that you may be grinding your teeth. Getting to the root cause of the problem will enable you to stop doing it.
Just a few reasons include:
- High levels of stress at work
- Mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression
- Too much alcohol
- Heavy smoking
- Sleep disorders
If you suspect that you are suffering from a sleep disorder, then it’s time to visit your doctor to get an official diagnosis.
Furthermore, try reducing your alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. You may notice a huge difference in your ability to sleep.
Finally, if you are struggling with a mental health disorder, the best thing you can do is speak to a doctor or visit a therapist. Nowadays, there are many affordable therapy solutions.
2. Wear a Night Guard
If you are someone who struggles with teeth grinding but doesn’t identify with any of the reasons on the above list, you’ll have to consider preventative methods.
For example, wearing a night guard. This is the most popular treatment for teeth grinding.
Your dentist will be able to fit you with a comfortable guard that will reduce the impact your grinding has on your teeth.
If you weren’t expecting to see this on the list, then it’s definitely one for you to consider! It has been shown that hypnosis can reduce the effects of teeth grinding.
This is because you’re working on your mental health which may be resulting in your unconscious teeth grinding.
Furthermore, you may also want to consider cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation.
4. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Ensuring you’re properly relaxed before you go to sleep will improve your teeth grinding situation.
Good sleep hygiene means leaving your phone in another room and investing in an old fashioned alarm clock. It involves maintaining a regular bedtime routine and creating a comfy environment in which you can sleep.
Before going to bed, try doing some yoga or meditation, drink herbal tea, and read a book to unwind an hour before you plan to go to sleep.
Grinding Teeth Is a Headache
As you can see from this article, aside from a mouth guard, the best ways to reduce grinding teeth are to focus on relaxation techniques.
The good news is that these are free. But, it does mean you’ll need to put in a lot of effort to make them happen. During our modern, busy lifestyles, it’s hard to cram in an extra hour of relaxation time. But, it will make all of the difference.
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