What causes teeth grinding?
Sometimes, teeth grinding – bruxism – is caused by physical problems such as a misaligned jaw, or crooked or missing teeth. Many children grind their teeth – but most grow out of it. The teeth, mouth and jaw of a child are still growing, and this can make the gums feel itchy or fidgety – the action of grinding helps this. But most people don’t grind their teeth because of a physical cause. The chances are that if you grind your teeth, you suffer with stress and anxiety. Teeth grinding is most commonly found in people who are feeling frustrated, angry, anxious, stressed, irritated, competitive or even determined. It’s not that you do it on purpose – you may not even be aware of it – but when you are feeling anxious or stressed, or even determined, you grind your teeth – it feels as if you are steeling yourself against problems, pushing yourself forward, strengthening your resolve. It happens so subconsciously act that many people do it in their sleep.
Teeth grinding and insomnia
It has been estimated that nearly 70% of bruxism occurs as a result of stress or anxiety that affects people subconsciously during sleep. Teeth grinding is a major cause of insomnia – both for you and for the people you live with. Sometimes bruxism is so loud it can disturb not just the person you share a bed or room with, but people in other rooms, too.
Why do bad habits like teeth grinding start?
Teeth grinding, like many other bad habits, often starts when you are feeling anxious, restless, tired, stressed at work, hungry, bored, nervous, too busy, fed up, or when you are trying to concentrate on something important. You use bad habits to distract yourself, to take a moment out, to think about fewer than six things at once – to make yourself feel better. Grinding your teeth can make you feel determined, competitive and strong. Although it’s usually very hard to remember exactly when and how your bad habit started, chances are that at the time it started, you did get something out of it; it did make you feel better. Comfort eating is a good example of this – you’ve had a bad day, and you want something to cheer you up – and chocolate or chips (or whatever your own personal weakness is!) do the trick. You enjoy them and do feel better for a bit. The first time you bite your nails, or pull your hair, it succeeds in distracting you from whatever it was which was made you stressed or anxious. Grinding your teeth probably made you feel stronger, in control, more determined to beat whatever problem was bothering you. But as you repeat the habit which made you feel better when you first tried it, it brings its own problems. Teeth grinding gives you headache, jaw pain or earache, makes tinnitus worse, damages your teeth and or stops you from sleeping properly; comfort eating makes you put weight on; you’re embarrassed and ashamed that you bite your nails; your family worry about your health because you smoke; if you pull your hair, your head hurts and you are ashamed that patches of hair are missing. And as the habit becomes more and more of a subconscious action and you don’t even notice you’re doing it, it stops having any affect at all – it doesn’t make you feel one bit better. In fact you feel worse.
Stop bad habits like bruxism with hypnosis
How does hypnosis break bad habits?
Hypnosis can be described as focused concentration and deep relaxation. Rather than subconciously – unthinkingly – indulging your bad habit, hypnosis makes you become very mindful of what you are doing. This means you notice your jaw beginning to clench and your teeth grinding, or your hand reaching towards your mouth so you can bite your nails, smoke, overeat, or pull your hair – rather than just automatically doing it. Your bad habit is subconscious so you don’t even think about it or make a choice when you do it – no wonder it is hard to control it! Hypnosis makes you aware of what you are doing. One of the hypnosis techniques used to stop teeth grinding is a suggestion that whenever you begin to clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you will become immediately aware of it. Even when this happens during sleep, you’ll be aware of it, wake up, and then just fall back into a peaceful sleep again.
It is much easier to stop something when you become fully aware that you are doing it.
Hypnosis reduces stress and anxiety to break bad habits
As well as the specific suggestions which you will be given whilst in hypnosis to help you break your habit, the very deep state of relaxation which hypnosis gives you means that you are far less likely to develop the state of anxiety which leads to your carrying our your bad habit, too. Hypnosis helps you feel calmer and more relaxed, enables you to manage stress, to feel more in control of your actions and much more aware of them, and to replace your bad habits with a more positive response.
How quickly does hypnosis break bad habits?
You may notice the change very quickly – after just one session of hypnosis. Not everyone can break their habit so quickly, however – it will depend on the reasons you started in the first place, whether or not you are anxious generally, how much you really want to stop teeth grinding, hair pulling, nail biting,smoking or whatever your habit is. Because everyone makes progress at a different speed, you should be wary of any hypnotherapist who promises instant success – hypnosis is not one size fits all; what works for one person might not work for another. If someone absolutely guarantees that they can cure you in one session, they’re probably just desperate for your business. Look for a properly qualified and registered hypnotherapist – a reputable hypnotherapist will be happy to meet with you without charge, in order to get to know you and the background to your problem, and to make sure that you feel comfortable with them and the approach they take. They will be honest with you about how long the process is likely to take. If you choose to come here to Manchester Hypnotherapy you will be given CDs to listen to, to help you to relax and to do self hypnosis. Breaking bad habits such as teeth grinding is a process – you may get instant results, of course, but equally it may take some time. Hypnosis gives you the relaxation and peace of mind to be patient with yourself for as long as it takes to stop your habit completely.
Self hypnosis to stop teeth grinding and bad habits
Ultimately, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis – the thoughts which you repeat to yourself. The most important part of learning self hypnosis for many people who want to break bad habits is learning to relax, quickly and easily. Most bad habits like bruxism develop when you are feeling stressed. Bad habits bring the immediate reward of focusing your mind away from the stressful situation, of distracting you, of making you feel a bit better, or more in control. But these habits have a downside – grinding your teeth stops you sleeping properly and is painful; chocolate makes you put weight on, the bitten nails are embarrassing and ugly – you feel down just because you have the bad habit. The habit isn’t really working any more. The deep state of relaxation which you experience whilst in hypnosis lets you feel better, less stressed and more in control WITHOUT grinding your teeth.
What kind of bad habit can hypnosis stop?
Any type of habit can be stopped. Most commonly treated are teeth grinding (bruxism), nail biting, hair pulling, smoking, over eating, skin picking, fidgeting, drinking too much caffeine, binge eating (usually eating too much of one type of food such as chocolate, cake or biscuits), binge drinking, and swearing – but the hypnosis techniques used for these bad habits, and for weight loss, are the same hypnosis techniques that work to break all bad habits. If you have got to the stage where you really want to break your bad habit, then hypnosis will help you to stop it for good. Hypnosis helps you to break the cycle of stress and anxiety which often cause bad habits to form, so that not only will you finish your treatment habit free, you will also feel generally calmer and more relaxed.
Hypnosis in Manchester
The therapists at this south Manchester hypnotherapy clinic have over fifteen years of experience in treating helping people break bad habits. If you are looking for hypnotherapy in south Manchester to stop teeth grinding, help stress and anxiety,, emotional problems, or low self esteem, then go to any of the independent websites which list and give reviews of hypnotherapists (for example www.freeindex.co.uk – Google also displays reviews) and you will see the excellent results which Pam and her team have achieved. If you would like further information about hypnosis in Manchester, for insomnia, self esteem and confidence, depression, for help with weight loss, to stop bad habits such as nail biting, or for any other problem, please call 07779 575816 for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.
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