Insomnia….Its in the jaw!!!

If you are pulling your hair out because you are not sleeping and your insomnia is getting worse, and you seem to have developed a problem in your neck too, there might just be a clue you had not thought of!!!  THE JAW!

The Massetter muscle in the jaw, which apparently is the strongest muscle in the body having the capacity to produce a bite strength of 974 pounds (measured in the Guiness book of records).  Mr and Mrs average, however (that is you and me) have a bite strength of between 117 and 265 pounds.  That is still very, very strong!!

Although you may not be aware of grinding your teeth when you sleep, you could be.  If you are stressed, you might also be clenching your teeth more and more.

When the Massetter muscle becomes tight it starts to create all sorts of problems, especially with sleep as everything, including your neck, will start to be affected.

I recommend winding down as much as possible by using restorative yoga as a natural sleeping remedy and healthy breathing techniques and some jaw massage.

Try this simple jaw massage for about 30 seconds 5 times a day, and before bed. Insomnia could be a thing of the past!!! Find the corner of your jaw bone with your middle finger (careful of long nails!) and move the fingers in small circular motions as deeply as possible.  It will feel uncomfortable, but that is because the muscle is tight. After 30 seconds open the mouth as far as possible and then relax, then see if you feel a sensation of lightness?

Have a go…