“Sleep is crucial when in comes to wellbeing, but how is your mouth involved?”
Making your bedtime routine regular, restorative and relaxing helps pave the way to improved emotional and physical wellbeing. A good night’s sleep is a powerful stress reducer, benefitting your oral and overall health. Through creating a calm sleep environment and getting sufficient sleep, you are less likely to suffer from stress-related jaw clenching or tooth grinding. Try having a bath, putting devices away and dim the lighting to invite you into a peaceful sleep.
Practising a meditation, yoga or breathing exercises before bed can help reduce the chance of mouth-breathing at night. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth which can cause bad breath and lead to further imbalances in the oral microbiome. Mouth breathing can also contribute to poor sleep and exacerbate stress. By focusing on deep breathing through the nose and extending the exhalation, you can help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, preparing you for a relaxing night’s sleep.