When people grind their teeth at night while they sleep, it is known as Bruxism. Bruxism can result in damage to your jaw and teeth, as well as cause you pain. As such, people who have this condition want to find a way to put an end to their nightly teeth grinding habit. There are some things you can do to help ease, or even stop, your teeth grinding.
Bruxism is often associated with stress. As such, one of the easiest ways to get rid of this condition is to focus on relaxing, getting exercise and engage in other stress relieving activities, such as getting a massage or giving yourself a massage.
There are many ways you can ease stress and relax, such as doing yoga or taking warms baths. You should also try doing exercises for your jaw muscles. These various techniques should help you stop grinding your teeth at night, and thus, put an end to waking up with pain in your neck, jaw, and/or shoulders. Let us break down these three techniques further.
First, relaxation is very important in addressing your Bruxism problem. As mentioned above, stress seems to play a big role in teeth grinding during one’s sleep. As such, it is important that you develop a daily routine that focuses on relieving your stress so that you feel stress-free at bedtime. Meditating, listening to relaxing music, doing some stretches, drinking some hot tea, or taking a nice walk, or a combination of these things, can all help wipe away the day’s stress so you are no longer grinding your teeth at night.
You should also stay away from caffeine, tobacco and alcohol before you go to bed since they act as stimulants and interfere with one’s ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Performing jaw exercises is the second way you can help relieve your Bruxism. Such exercises work to strengthen your jaw muscles while increasing flexibility. This should help alleviate your nightly teeth grinding habit.
Finally, performing self-massage is an excellent technique to help loosen your jaw muscles just before you hit the sheets. Combining the jaw exercises with this self-massage will work to get rid of the strains that ultimately cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep. You can see a massage therapist to massage these areas for you, as well as seek their advice on how to perform the proper massages on yourself.