Ah...yes. Two topics I am very well acquainted with. I sleep mostly very poorly and often wonder how I journeyed from a heavy sleeper who could sleep anywhere (seriously, my mother has a photo of me around age 7 or so, fast asleep at a wedding. On the stage. With the band behind me. With my tongue hanging out.), to someone who finds sleep often very elusive. Sure, you allow for the early days of parenting and what they bring. Honestly my son has been my best sleeper, although hubby disagrees, and I've never had to "walk the floor" with him. I should hope I wouldn't have to do it now, since he's two and a half. Having kids disturb my sleep has actually had some benefits for me. For example, I can hear things and wake up instantly now. Like the time my daughter was only three weeks old and the drug-addled street person was trying to get into our house. Or the fire engines putting out the fire across the street from our house (funny, didn't hear the sirens but heard the idling engines!) There are things I wish I didn't hear though, like hubby snoring. THAT, I could definitely do without. And inevitably, it's just as I got up to tend to my son with a nightmare that he begins to snore and I can't get back to sleep and it's like five in the morning.
That brings me to my teeth. I have been a grinder for many years now and have gone through several night guards to try and calm it down. At one point I was well on my way to TMJ. My jaw would crack so loud sometimes that people would jump. Oh, and it hurt too. After some very excruciating visits to a massage therapist, who did this pressure thing inside my mouth (that hurt so bad I wanted to cry), I have had no more troubles in that area. But the grinding persisted. Often the grinding gets worse if I am under stress and I will even notice my self holding my teeth in that position during the daytime. Not good. Can anyone say tension headaches? My most recent nightguard I ended up breaking I bit down on it so hard!
Anyway, I guess the best days are the days where I wake up after a great sleep and my jaw is nice and relaxed and I am ready to face the day. I hope as time goes by that these will become the norm and all of the sleepless, tooth-grinding nights will be behind me!