SLEEP SHOULDN’T BE A GRIND.
Grinding or clenching your teeth (known medically as Bruxism) is mostly a subconscious behaviour, which often occurs during sleep, and is exacerbated by stress and anxiety.
Bruxism may also be a breathing or airway issue and is often recognised by dentists, due to the wearing down of teeth caused by grinding.
THE IMPACT OF SLEEP DISRUPTIONS ON BRUXISM
If your sleep is disrupted at night, you will spend more time in the lighter sleep stages which is when you are more likely to brux.
MOUTH BREATHING DISRUPTS YOUR SLEEP
- Be aware of the position of your mouth, tongue and teeth throughout the day as it may help you to prevent tooth-grinding.
- Your mouth should be closed and your tongue should always be on the roof of your mouth pushing up and out, which strengthens face and neck muscles, widens the jaw and opens the airway.
- When your mouth is open, the tongue is down.
Maintaining a closed mouth during sleep may reduce the incidence of bruxism and lead to a calmer and deeper sleep.
Consult your dentist if your sleep is a grind.
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