Trigeminal Nerves

“And the doors shall be shut in the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;” – Ecclesiastes 12: 4













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1.  The Bible seemingly associates grinding teeth with sleeping well; when the grinding stops – the person is awoken easily…

  • Strong’s #2913: tachanah (pronounced takh-an-aw’) from 2912; a hand mill; hence (figuratively) chewing:–grinding 1

2.  When you grind your teeth, you are stimulating your trigeminal nerve (it is the nerve that enables you to chew, bite, swallow and connects your molars to the brain)

  • The interesting part is that the trigeminal nerve feeds from the brain by a large sensory root and a smaller motor root coming out of the “Pons” at its junction with the “Middle Cerebral Peduncle”
  • “Pons” means “bridge” in Latin, and the Pons functions as a bridge between different parts of the brain. It also controls sleep and consciousness, breathing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, swallowing, eye movement and the secretion of saliva and tears. 2

3.  Just in the past decade, scientists have really connected this part of the brain to sleep disorders (they also have connected this part of the brain to dopamine problems associated with Parkinson’s Disease)

  • An Orthodontists named Jack Cuozzo has patented a device that stimulates the trigeminal nerve via the molars – and sure enough, it seems to address quite well sleep disorders 3

4.  The Bible is remarkably accurate in connecting the grinding of teeth with better sleep.