The bruxism is an habit, often involuntary, to grinding the teeth. About 20% of people suffer from bruxism, and during the night this annoying disorder tends to show up more.
Grinding the teeth during the night is harmful not only for you and your gums, but also for your sleep quality, and the sleep quality of your partner!
If you or someone in your family suffer from this disorder, don’t miss this article and find out how to improve your sleep and try to get rid of this annoying habit!
Why Do We Grind Our Teeth During Sleep?
The causes of bruxism can be various: It can be linked to stress or neurological diseases or just an unconscious attempt to eliminate an occlusion interference (the way the teeth come together).
How To Reduce This Wrong Habit?
Below you can find 3 simple tips to try to reduce or to quit grinding the teeth during the night.
- Reduce the stress: It’s one of the most common causes of bruxism. Try not to think about daily troubles lying on the bed! You can help yourself taking some relaxing exercises before going to sleep!
- Take an hot bath: A bath or a shower can help you to relax all your muscles, thanks also to the heat of the water.
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol drinks during the evening: It would be better also to avoid smoking, not only for bruxism!
If even after reducing stress, you’ll not quit grinding the teeth, we recommend you to make an appointment from your dentist, you should need to wear a “night-guard” (a special dental appliance to not grind your teeth at night).
Do Not Forget To Sleep Well!
An inappropriate nightly sleep is one of the leading causes of stress, a bed system that not suits our physical characteristics is also bad for you: If you sleep on a unsuitable mattress, or you use a wrong pillow, back- or neck-pains can actually worsen the situation.