Friday, March 5, 2010

Relax: Sleep Doesn’t Have to Stress You Out

A new German study found that people who ground their teeth during sleep tended to feel more stressed at work and in their daily life. This stress, in turn, could cause more teeth grinding, or bruxism.

People who ground their teeth also tended to deal with stress in negative ways.

Bruxism happens when a person clenches or grinds his or her teeth together. It can occur during the waking or sleeping hours.

Many people with bruxism also have sleep apnea. In November, this blog reported on a new study that found that one in four sleep apnea patients suffers from teeth grinding.

An estimated 8 percent of the general population has bruxism.

The study involved 69 subjects, of which 48 had bruxism. The full study is available here.

The researchers used three German questionnaires to assess stress parameters and coping methods.

Teeth grinding activity was monitored for five straight nights and the results were analyzed using a computer-based method.

Significant correlations were found between teeth grinding and “daily problems,” “'trouble at work,” “fatigue,” “physical problems” and the coping-strategy “escape.”

It is important to treat sleep apnea and bruxism. Dr. Oz explains why here.

Dentists can help screen for and treat both diseases. Find-a-dentist near you.

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