Bruxism refers to nighttime teeth grinding. Teeth can get worn and jaw and neck pain might be experienced as a result of this disorder.
The Sleep Foundation reports that chronic bruxism can damage your jaw joints and cause you to experience headaches and TMJ symptoms.
The National Health Society (NHS) notes that bruxism is connected with stress, smoking, anxiety, snoring, sleep apnea, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine.
Mouth guards are popular for preventing teeth grinding. The Sleep Foundation says you can buy one over-the-counter or have your dentist fit one.
Although this method is effective in preventing bruxism, the Mayo Clinic notes that it does little to address the underlying causes of the problem.
If you grind your teeth throughout the day, train yourself to stop by placing the tip of your tongue between your teeth.
You should avoid chewing pencils, pens, and even gum when awake, as your jaws may develop accustomed to clenching, causing them to do so during sleep.
Warm washcloths placed on the sides of the cheeks can also be used to relax the jaw muscles before bedtime.
If stress is causing your bruxism, try relaxation techniques, recommends the Mayo Clinic. If you suspect anxiousness, see a therapist.