Headaches and brain fog were destroying my workday. My dentist told me it was my jaw. (And she was right).
Making it through the work day was already hard enough. Then the headaches started.
Between emails, meetings, and a to-do list a mile long, headaches were the last thing I needed. Yet nothing seemed to stop them.
They started in the mornings. I’d wake up with a stiff neck and a creeping brain fog that would linger well into the afternoon.
My work began to suffer. So did my relationships. As the stress continued to mount, I felt myself falling further and further behind.
It felt like a struggle to just make it through the day. And by the time work was over, I felt depleted—like I didn’t have any energy left for my friends or family.
Headaches were beginning to dominate my life. And the cause was something I never even expected.
The Source Of My Headaches
Maybe you grind your teeth at night. I certainly do. My dentist said teeth grinding is often caused by stress. But if the problem goes unchecked, it can have serious consequences.
This was all news to me.
The tough truth about night grinding? Once you’ve started, it’s hard to stop. After all, it’s our brain’s response to the stresses of life—something we don’t often have a lot of control over. And because it typically happens when we’re asleep, we might not even be aware that we’re night grinding, until a healthcare professional clues us in.
But if left untreated, night grinding can be bad news. In fact, untreated grinding can lead to temporomandibular disorders, also known as TMD or TMJ. These disorders manifest as jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and the clicking or locking of your jaw joint. They can lead to chronic pain and even insomnia.
The scariest part? Some people grind their teeth so much that it causes them to break. That’s more than just a minor sleep problem—it’s a waking nightmare.
How can you tell if you grind your teeth at night? Here are a few of the most common symptoms:
-Poor mental health
For me, I found that my night grinding was more than just a minor nuisance. It was giving me majorly debilitating side effects. And it was something I couldn’t live with any longer.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution to the many symptoms of night grinding.
How I Fixed My Night Grinding
When it comes to night grinding, most dentists agree that night guards are the first (and best) defense against headaches, pain, and injury.
However, as with most things in life, not all night guards are created equal.
On one hand, there are bulky drug store night guards. They’re a “one size fits all” approach, which means they often end up feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Mine made it hard for me to breathe at night. And from the very beginning, I never trusted that it was reliable.
On the other hand, there are night guards from the dentist. Sure, they’re trustworthy—but they’re also expensive. In fact, depending on your dentist, they can cost anywhere between $500-$1500. Unfortunately, most dental insurances refuse to cover the cost of night guards. So if you lose your night guard or it starts to get a buildup of nasty bacteria, you’re stuck paying all over again.
Then I found Cheeky.
Cheeky makes night guards that are comfortable, affordable, and highly customizable. They give you all the tools you need to take an impression of your teeth (just like your dentist would), and then they create a custom night guard, made just for you.
Cheeky allows you to choose between a soft night guard or a hard-soft night guard, depending on your needs (I went with the soft night guard, which was perfect for me!). You can even customize the bite thickness and choose whether you’d like a guard for your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
Taking the impressions of my teeth was simple, and I was able to send my fully formed impressions right back to Cheeky in the same box my kit arrived in. Within a matter of days, I had my own custom night guard delivered straight to my doorstep—no dentist required.
And because anyone who uses a night guard knows that they tend to build up bacteria over time, Cheeky will send you a brand new replacement night guard every three months. So you can protect your teeth and still maintain good dental hygiene.
Ready to take on your night grinding? Learn more about getting your own customizable night guard from Cheeky and take control of your headaches, jaw pain, and more.