Your unconscious mind knows how to grind your teeth but also knows how not to.
Most people who grind their teeth and clench their jaw aren’t aware they’re doing it. It often happens during sleep or while concentrating or under stress. The NHS website recognises that it is often related to stress or anxiety. Some people get facial pain and headaches, and it can wear down your teeth over time.
It is advisable to check with your GP if to rule out any ill health and if you are on medication, whether Bruxism could be a side effect.
How I can Help You With Bruxism
There are a range of options from a few sessions of Sleep Training to a longer programme, and what is best for you will depend on how severe your problem is and the other issues affecting your life.
- Sleep Training
- If you need to wear a mouth guard or splint, hypnotherapy can help you quickly and easily get used to it and sleep comfortably.
- I can help you re-train your mind and body to focus on relaxing as you fall asleep, anticipating a wonderful refreshing night’s sleep, your mouth and jaw staying relaxed throughout the night and also in the day
- I can also help you quieten an over-active mind, and turn off stressful bed time thoughts
- Sleep Diary
I will normally ask you to keep a diary, and with the help of any sleep partner, record how well you slept, whether you ground your teeth. It is also useful to record what you did that day, stressful situations, what you eat and drank, including alcohol and recreational drugs. Sleep Diaries themselves are very powerful catalysts for change
- Life Coaching
Your Sleep Diary may highlight changes you would like to make your routines or life style to support your sleep and well-being and I can help you prioritise, set realistic goals and coach you to achieve the changes you want in your life.
I can help you identify, resolve and transform the root cause, which may be related to stress or anxiety
Self-Hypnosis is a great maintenance skill for Bruxism as you can use it at any time to go inside and deeply relax your jaw, body and mind.
- Breathing techniques and jaw exercises
These can help relax your jaw and put you in touch with your body.
As little as 10 minutes twice a day can be very beneficial as it will give you a method of progressively becoming more still, more focused, more present and more in charge of both your mind and body. I teach simple, modern forms of meditation – no need to shut out thoughts or sit in uncomfortable positions. If you can think, I can teach you to meditate.
WikiHow notes that both Hypnotherapy and Meditation can help Bruxism https://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Bruxism
Dr William C Kohler MD, author of Hypnosis in the Management of Sleep Disorders, and a pioneer in Sleep Clinics and Sleep Medicine in America, sees hypnosis as a useful, effective and safe alternative therapy Bruxism. He notes that medications often have side effects.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The reasons behind teeth grinding can be linked to stress and anxiety and fairly complex, so I recommend the Sleep Transformation Programme (8 sessions) as that combines all the above areas and gives time to work through the root cause and create the changes you want in your life.
Alternatively you can book a few sessions of Sleep Training or a short programme to help you sleep soundly wearing a mouth guard.
Everyone is different and makes changes at different speeds and we can discuss what is best for you on the phone.
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