"Do you grind your teeth in your sleep?" asked the dentist.
"I don’t know," was my reply.
Something about my usual 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. schedule must send clues to medical professionals.
Doctors like to talk to me about stress.
The dentist continued.
As a test, he asked me to close my jaws tightly.
His approximate words were, "You certainly DO grind your teeth!"
"If you exercised your entire body that much, you would look like a body builder!"
(Thankfully, we did not venture to discuss what I actually looked like….)
The information that I gained from this segment of our conversation left me somewhat powerless to change the situation.
First of all, I am not consciously aware of my jaw activities when I am asleep, and secondly, I cannot control the subsequent development of jaw muscles from my unconscious workout sessions.
Is it stress related?
It could be.
If I were really upset while awake, I would most likely pray and ask God for help.
I don’t believe I have ever prayed and asked God to calm me in my sleep.
Likewise, I don’t think I’ve ever asked Him to keep my jaws from grinding.
Zephaniah 3:17 says,
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
God continues to sustain me…. whether I am awake or asleep.