Just as a preface I am going to be seeing a dentist to repair my mouth guard. I have always ground my teeth, and I believe this might not help my sleeping. I had a wakeup call last night since my mouth guard chipped yesterday.
Are there nutritional components of this? Does it have something to do with posture or the neck muscles?
I grind my teeth, dentists have been suggesting a mouth guard for years so I finally got one except I simply cannot get used to it, makes me want to gag, no chance of sleep! Anyway I don't think it can be iron as my level is right at the top of the range, tested recently, although that said I was a little anemic when pregnant and had restless legs too which makes sense. As for stress being the cause, everyone says this and it seems the obvious answer except my 4 yr old daughter has been grinding her teeth for as long as I can remember (she co-slept, no missing it!) and how stressed can a co-sleeping, breast-feeding, doted-on child be? Even the dentist couldn't answer that questions, a genetic component perhaps?
I started practicing placing my tongue behind my front teeth just where they meet the roof of my mouth a few times per day/when I realize I was clenching. This prevents your teeth from touching and keeps the jaw forward. I made an effort to place my tongue there when falling asleep or would sleep with my mouth open. Little to no jaw pain/teeth grinding! After doing this consciously for a month or so, it became habitual and I haven't had any problems.
For me the triggers are stress / anxiety about something. Alcohol - big contributor - even just a small amount. Blocked nose, colds. Sleep position - on side it starts, but not on back. Gut issues - eg when I had thread worms - get your gut in order.
I have to manage stress, keep on top of things so I'm not worrying when I go to bed
Drink no alcohol
Take magnesium at bedtime every day. Citrate seems to cause anxiety in some people (anecdotal) I use other forms like malate which helps fatigue.
Dairy free paleo - to keep mucous away
Keeping bedding / carpet in bedroom free / low on dustmites - I react to them and they are a problem in New Zealand (Stuffy nose and puffy eyes)
Take regular good quality omega 3, keeps my brain feeling happier, takes away residual aches and pain (auto-immune / exercise related)
I think there is a genetic component - my sister grinds as well.
On a nutritional based forum the last thing you will want to hear is that the culprit is stress. Yoga, meditation and/or finding a way to relax worked. My grinding occurred during law school and while studying for the bar, undoubtedly the most stressful moments in my life. Good luck!
I think poor sleep due to insufficient oxygen intake can contribute to bruxism. I still grind my teeth occasionally (and I wear a night guard), but I find that my teeth and jaws are sore when I wake up from nights in which I tossed and turned. I'd try wearing some Breathe Right nose strips (the extra ones--they're stiffer and work better, IMO).
I'm going to practice my clairvoyance skills. Tell me if I am wrong about any of this:
I think it will eventually be shown that teeth-grinding is a result of iron deficiency. It's really a type of parasomnia (like sleep-walking and restless legs). Restless legs especially is known to be associated with iron deficiency or impaired iron metabolism.
I wrote an extensive answer to another, very similar question a month ago.
Stress and/or anxiety often play a role too - and with my daughter it was the sole cause of teeth grinding.
She's in grad school so she can only lower stress to a degree... her program is stressful. Still, after diet, supplement, exercise and relaxation measures were taken, what ultimately helped her was taking PharmaGaba at bedtime. When she takes it, she doesn't grind.
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