Discovering my bruxism after constant morning headaches due to work related anxiety
Of late I have been waking up with headaches. This is an unusual trend but since the headaches have not been very severe, I have been ignoring them and anyway, the pains have receded as the mornings progressed. However, the trend has now become irritating. The discomfort of the early morning has often led me to having some mediocre days when I have not been at my best.
I have been taking the headaches for granted assuming that the headaches are likely due to poor or inadequate sleep. I have especially been suspecting that the headaches are as a result of my new demanding job. I have thought that maybe my body has not yet adjusted to the demanding nature of the job and that the usual seven hours are not sufficient.
Worried that the headaches were prevalent and that they were not going away as I thought they would, I decided to consult with the doctor. After a few checks the doctor asked me several questions about my lifestyle. I explained to the doctor that the headaches had begun at a time around when I changed my job and began working in my current more demanding capacity.
I went ahead to explain to him that I suspected that the headaches were as a result of fatigue and lack of enough sleep. I told him that I however did not think that lack of enough sleep was the reason since even after having more hours of sleep I still experienced the headaches.
The doctor went on to tell me that my problem was most likely not associated to fatigue or poor sleeping positions, which was something else I told him I suspected to be the problem. He told me that he suspected that I suffered from a condition known as bruxism.
I had never come across the word bruxism before. The doctor went ahead to tell me that bruxism is a condition where one grinds and gnashed the teeth while sleeping. Many times the grinding and gnashing is as a result of anxiety and stress. He told me that many times the individuals were unaware of this occurrences since they are asleep.
To try and find out if bruxism was the cause of my morning headaches, the doctor asked to look at my teeth. True to his suspicions, the doctor discovered some signs of attrition that could have been caused by teeth grinding. I was very surprised that I was grinding my teeth at night. This must be due to anxiety which is brought about by the demands of my new work place.
My new job is very demanding and being new to the job I usually put in my all to try and do the very best in terms of performance. This obviously has led me to develop the subconscious anxiety attacks in the night that lead to the bruxism.
The doctor prescribed that I should wear bruxism night mouth guards to help control the grinding effects. Apart from helping me to stop grinding my teeth, the mouth guard would also protect my teeth from damage.