Sleep and recuperation: bruxism as a consequences of lack of these

Published September 23, 2016

sleep-and-recuperationSleep is an important part of our everyday life. It is important that we give our brains some rest regularly and the way to do this is by having some sleep. Sleep is essential for letting the brain faculties relax and rest. Although even during sleep the brain is still active, much of its functions are dormant and the brain is said to be generally at rest.

With the high intensive lives that mankind leads today, it is important that the people take enough time to sleep and rest their brains. The modern world today is very demanding especially for the brain input. This is because today much of the manual work has been taken up by computers and machines and most of the work that people do today is mental work.

Whereas one might say that things have become easier for mankind since they do not have to engage in lots of rough, tough, and rigorous manual duties, it is easy to forget that the brain has on the other hand received a steeper work load.

The effects of the intensified workload on the brain is usually not felt in the same way as the effects of lugubrious hard manual work; many times the effects of an overworked brain can be seen in other psychological manifestations such as stress and anxiety. An extremely worked brain can lead to the individual suffering burnout.

Anxiety, stress, and mental fatigue can also result due to a lack of a balanced life where one can get rejuvenated in activities such as social activities and other recreational activities such as travel, the outdoors, and sporting activities.

Apart from conditions such as burnout and depression, another condition that might result from lack of a balanced life without enough recuperation includes bruxism.

Bruxism is a condition where an individual constantly bites forcefully against his or her teeth or where the individual grinds their teeth or forcefully clenches and unclenches the jaws. This is a condition that can occur when one is awake, especially in women and it often occurs while sleeping especially in men.

This is a condition that can have dire consequences on the individual including worn out teeth, broken teeth, hypersensitive teeth, injuries on soft tissues such as the tongue and cheeks and one can also experience headaches and jaw discomfort.

To counter the effects of bruxism, night mouth guards are protective devices that are very effective. They help in reducing the sensations of teeth grinding and teeth clenching thereby discouraging the action. In case of vigorous teeth grinding or teeth clenching, mouth guards also protect the teeth from damage while also protecting the softer tissues in the mouth.

Bruxism can also be controlled by other methods which include the use of behavioral therapy where the individuals are trained on how to control feelings or triggers that cause teeth grinding. In this therapies people are also taught how to manage their stress.

Therapy and mouth guards are ways of only controlling bruxism but there is no known cure for the condition.

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