Like many of you, I grind my teeth at night and this is unfortunately a problem I have dealt with for a while. If you clench your fists or scrunch your neck, these are signs that you probably respond to stress with tension. Teeth grinding may be something you experience too as a result.
The Solution that Dentists Recommend
Not only is teeth grinding unpleasant, but it is a habit that has led to expensive dental bills for me. My dentist recommends that I wear a mouth guard, but I hate it. For anyone who has worn one, it is uncomfortable and creates a slobbering mess. I notice it the most when I wake up in the middle of the night.
How I Got to the Root of the Problem
In an attempt to put away the mouth guard and as someone who suffers from sleep issues as well, I turned to natural remedies to help me relax since most of my teeth grinding has to do with stress. With this direct correlation, the more at ease I became before bed, the better my sleep was though the night. Before I share with you what works for me, I want to preface that you should continue to wear a mouth guard until you learn to relax and calm down before bedtime
Natural Remedies that Help Stop My Teeth Grinding
- Turmeric Milk: Tryptophan is an amino acid in milk that helps the nervous system relax, while turmeric acts as a pain reliever to reduce jaw pain and headaches.
- Magnesium: You can take it in the form of a pill or take a bath with Epsom salts, which will help bind to the serotonin in your brain to help you relax and alleviate stress.
- Hot Baths: If you are not a fan of baths, you can soak a washcloth in warm water instead. Warm water helps your jaw relax, so taking a bath before you sleep can help immensely.
- Essential Oils: Spray your pillow with some. Personally, I love to use the premade ones. Spray them on a piece of wool or silk and slip it into your pillow case for maximum impact.
- Muscle Rub Balm: My tension area is generally in my neck, so applying some balm helps the muscles in that area to relax and prevents teeth grinding. The smell tends to help as well.
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How Your Senses Solve Your Problems
I am always amazed at how often essential oils come up as research-backed solutions for relaxation. I always believed in the power of the sensory and it is more apparent than ever after trying these natural remedies. Not only have I have gotten to the root of my problem by reducing stress, but it stopped my teeth grinding and gave me the restful sleep I need to thrive in my daily life.
What are some other tried and true natural remedies that work for you? Please share in the comments below.
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