Attention Night Grinders: Here are 5 Ways to Reduce Stress
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. You are sleeping peacefully dreaming of a beautiful grassy meadow and the wind easily blowing the flowers back and forth. It is so quiet and serene; an environment completely opposite of your typical busy day with your children, spouse and career pulling you in different directions all at the same time. It’s nice to be to get some sleep. Why then, after such peaceful dreaming do you feel so tired in the morning? You also notice your jaw feels awfully sore and you have a hard time opening your mouth to eat your apple for breakfast. Why is that you ask? Well, it could be you clench or grind your teeth at night. Clenching and grinding your teeth often disturbs your sleep and can cause you pain during the day. Not ideal when you have a to-do list 5 pages long! It is common for parents to be diagnosed with teeth grinding and clenching. With the stress of taking care of a household of 3+, your body could be taking the stress out on your teeth. This month is Stress Awareness Month! We know that high stress levels contribute to teeth grinding. To help combat this oral health disaster, we present you with 5 ways to help reduce your stress and your pain. 1) Go for an early morning walk – Exercise and nature do wonders for relieving stress. 2) Get a hobby – Get crafty and find a hobby you enjoy to help your mind think about something else besides work and your to-do list. 3) Practice meditation – Centering your body with stretches and breathing techniques help melt away the stress. 4) Start a stress journal – document your triggers, what your reaction is and the outcome. You may find you stress out unnecessarily. 5) Rediscover your sense of humor – Read a comedic book, watch a TV sitcom or tell funny jokes with your family. A sense of humor will get you a long way when you are stressed out! There are many ways to help reduce your stress...the trick is fitting it into your schedule. Make this a priority, and get back to having a good night sleep without giving your jaw a workout!