When you are sleeping you are hardly aware of your actions. Well, that is the whole point of a sound sleep to rest and rejuvenate without the world interfering with your peace of mind. But there are certain nocturnal behaviours that don’t allow you to enjoy a restful sleep. You might not know it but your sleep partner – spouse, roommate or even a family member — might take note of it. Snoring is definitely one of them. But today we are not talking about snoring. We are talking about something that makes you wake up with a nagging headache — grinding of your teeth or bruxism.
You might not be aware of it and wonder why even an eight hour of shut-eye leaves you with a splitting headache in the morning. Experts are yet to know what the exact causes of bruxism are but studies say that stress, occlusal disorders, allergies and sleep positioning could be few of the reasons. Since a definite cause and effect relation cannot be ascertained in this case, so often, bruxism is difficult to diagnose and treat. There could be multiple factors that could lead to bruxism – a stressful lifestyle, excess emotional baggage, workplace stress – leading to nocturnal grinding. Although there is no connection between bruxism and gingival inflammation or periodontitis, it definitely has the potential to cause tooth wear, fracture and periodontal and muscle pain and it is a major cause of tooth mobility. Here are seven reasons why stress could be bad for your teeth and gums.
However, when a person wakes up in the morning he hardly ever comes to know that he had been grinding his teeth the entire night. Regular grinding might show signs of tooth enamel decay and chipped tooth. This could serve as a sign that your nighttime sleep behaviour is affecting your dental health. Of the many signs of bruxism waking up with a headache especially in the temporal zone in the morning is one of them. Sometimes it can also lead to pain in the eyes. It can happen on one or both sides.
If you are waking up to headaches often ask your spouse or family members if you grind your teeth at night. If you are living alone then look for other symptoms of bruxism accompanied with an early morning headache, such as:
– Pain in the TMJ
– Pain while chewing food
– Hypersensitive teeth
– Excessive tooth mobility
– Poor sleep quality or waking up tired despite going to be early
– Tongue indentations
– Gum recession
– Reduction of salivary flow
– Breakage of fillings or teeth
– Limitation of mouth opening ability
If you suffer from these above-mentioned symptoms along with a morning headache, try and talk to your doctor to get treated.
Murali, R. V., & Priyadarshni Rangarajan, A. M. (2015). Bruxism: Conceptual discussion and review. Journal of pharmacy & bioallied sciences, 7(Suppl 1), S265.