Stress at work may lead to teeth grinding at night

Employees who experience elevated levels of stress at work are more prone to have sleep bruxism, a condition in which individuals clench their jaws or grind their teeth at night, according to research that was published in the journal Head and Face Medicine.

A team of scientists monitored nearly 70 participants who slept with plates in their mouths, which meant to measure severity of teeth grinding.

While they saw no correlation with age, sex or education, the researchers said that the most intense bruxers were those who reported high levels of stress at work.

“Our data support the assumption that people with the most problematic grinding do not seem to be able to deal with stress in an adequate way,” said study co-author Maria Giraki.

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