See Why Your Jaw Is So Sore When You Wake Up

For some people, when they wake up in the morning and take a big yawn, they feel a dull, achy pain radiating from their chin to their ear. Or maybe it’s difficult to open and close their mouth. If this happens to you, and especially if that pain continues throughout the day, you’re probably wondering what the deal is.

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In most cases, jaw soreness is caused by excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth at night, says Robert Merrill, DDS, clinical professor and residency director for oralfacial pain at the UCLA School of Dentistry. It’s kind of spooky to think about yourself snoozing peacefully on the outside and grinding away at your teeth on the inside, but these symptoms are actually pretty common. Surveys suggest that about one in four people are aware of symptoms related to jaw pain, Dr. Merrill says. “This would include some jaw muscle tenderness, clicking, or other noises during jaw movement and joint tenderness,” he says.

If you are experiencing any sort of jaw or mouth pain, mention it to your dentist so they can evaluate your mouth, Dr. Merrill says. “The main purpose of the physical examination of the jaw is to determine the source of pain,” he says. Your dentist will “palpitate the muscles and joints” to see if they can replicate the kind of pain you’re experiencing, and figure out the cause, he says. Depending on how mild your symptoms are, making a few lifestyle adjustments might be enough to ease your pain.

Usually, dentists will recommend that you limit daytime jaw activity for a period of time if you are experiencing jaw soreness, Dr. Merrill says. “This is done by softening the diet, avoiding hard or chewy foods or gum, and doing some jaw stretching exercises to stretch out the soreness of the muscles,” he says. Ahead are three common culprits for morning jaw pain.


You grind or clench your teeth.

Some people experience “nocturnal bruxism,” a condition in which you “grind, gnash, or clench” your teeth while you sleep, according to the Mayo Clinic. The grinding can be so severe that it makes a loud squeaking noise, or even wears down your tooth enamel. When you wake up, your jaw, neck, or chin might feel tired or sore, and some people will also bite the skin on the inside of their cheek, according to the Mayo Clinic. Or you might be just clenching your jaw while you sleep, which is a variant of grinding, Dr. Merrill says. 

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“While clenching is not associated with accelerated wear of the teeth, it can still lead to jaw discomfort or pain, and can cause fractured teeth,” he says. If you are grinding or clenching your teeth, then your dentist will usually recommend a retainer-like device that’s worn on your teeth at night to protect them from excessive grinding, Dr. Merrill says.


You’re stressed.

Clenching and grinding your teeth can often be related to stress in your life, Dr. Merrill says. Many people will clench their jaw as a coping strategy for stress or as a habit for distraction during periods of intense concentration, according to the Mayo Clinic. Anxiety, stress, anger, and frustration can all be linked to daytime bruxism, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s easier said than done, but reducing stress can usually minimize the amount of clenching that you do during the day.


You have TMJ. 

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, a.k.a. TMJ, are disorders and conditions that can cause pain and discomfort in the muscles that control your jaw, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Your temporomandibular joints are on either side of your jaw (if you put your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joints move), and because they’re so mobile, there’s a lot that can go wrong, according to the NIDCR.

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Usually with TMJ, you’ll feel pain in one or both of your temporomandibular joints, and an aching sensation in your mouth or jaw, according to Mayo Clinic. Lots of people also report feeling like their jaw is stiff or locked. And in some cases, you might actually hear a clicking sound when you open and close your jaw, according to the NIDCR. There are a few factors that contribute to TMJ, including genetics, arthritis, or traumatic injury, so it’s not always clear when someone has it, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you have TMJ, your doctor might tell you to take an anti-inflammatory medication for one to two weeks to decrease joint inflammation, and also try some at-home stretching or massage, Dr. Merrill says.

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Just In One Week, Television Giants HBO Gets Hacked The Second Time

Television giant HBO faces a cybersecurity crisis as the company experiences its second leak in five days.

On Monday, HBO faced its first cyber attack of the week where hackers stole “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” according to IP Echelon , a security company hired to scrub search results following the hack. The revelation came as part of a take-down notice sent to Google so the site could remove the links to the hacked files.

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In addition to the script of an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones,” episodes from their series “Insecure,” “Ballers,” “Room 104,” and upcoming show “Barry,” were released. Hackers claim to have stolen total of 1.5 terabyte of data which include infrastructural data and the personal information of employees, further suggesting there would be more leaks to come.

“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of,” HBO CEO Richard Plepler wrote in a staff email obtained by Entertainment Weekly. “As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”

More recently, an unaired episode of “Thrones” appeared on the internet Friday morning, sparking more controversy over the network’s security. However, the leaked episode is not part of Monday’s successful hacking, as first reported by The Verge . Sources familiar with the breach explain the episode was leaked by HBO’s distribution partner, Star India — the logo of which is watermarked on the episode.

“This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” says a Star India spokesperson. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Each year, “Game of Thrones” continues to hold the title as the most pirated show on television — a title the network has boasted previously. But now, as the leaks become more common and — using the stolen personal information as proof— more insidious, HBO faces a systemic security issue. This week’s leaks suggest HBO has a lot of work to do to ensure major hacks such as these don’t spoil their shows with a cult-following, and don’t put the personal information of their employees in jeopardy.

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As for now, don’t watch the leaked episode — a move more for your self respect rather than any moral reason considering it was uploaded in 360p. Avoid all of your social media accounts to ensure you won’t find a spoiler. The leaked episode premieres this Sunday on HBO.

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin Goes Fishing

V​ladimir Putin went fishing at Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia and warned that the world’s deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels.

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Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the world’s deepest lake at 1,700 metres (5,580 feet) and also the oldest at 25 million years. Tourists flock there to enjoy the unique wildlife and clear waters.

Mr Putin, while meeting officials in a room looking onto the shimmering waters of the lake, complained that “significant areas around Baikal have suffered extremely high pollution.”

Saying that Baikal “belongs to the entire planet,” Mr Putin insisted that preserving it for future generations is “undoubtedly a government priority.”

The Russian president has declared that environmental issues are a personal passion and has spent time tracking whales and tigers and even flown with migrating cranes. In 2009 he went down to the bottom of Lake Baikal in a mini-submarine.

But he was also instrumental in keeping a polluting factory open beside the lake and has presided over a crackdown on environmental activists and non-governmental organisations, including those specifically trying to protect Baikal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hunts fish underwater in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia

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On Friday, Mr Putin called for officials to pay “special attention” to clean up the aftermath of “irrational and often irresponsible economic activity” around the lake, and to prevent such damage happening again.

A giant Soviet-built paper mill right beside the lake sullied its waters for decades but it was finally closed in 2013. Mr Putin had reopened the plant in 2010 after it initially shut in 2008, citing concerns over employment for local residents.

Mr Putin said the lake’s waters were now being polluted by household sewage and chemicals from farming, citing the need to “drastically cut down the volume of untreated water being discharged into the lake.”

He called for the Prosecutor-General’s Office to carry out a check into illegal and environmentally damaging activity around the lake and “take the necessary measures.”

In 2013, a group campaigning to protect the lake called Baikal Wave, was dubbed a “foreign agent” under tough new legislation targeting NGOs with foreign funding.

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The group, founded in 1990, closed down in 2016, saying it had become impossible for it to function.

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Checkout The Benefits Of Coconut Water

Some people love the taste, and some hate it. But there is no debate that coconut water has boomed in popularity over the past decade.

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Coconut water is a liquid that is drained from the center of coconuts and then packaged and sold in stores. Some companies add fruit juice or coffee to it.
So what is the truth about this trendy beverage, often marketed for its hydrating benefits and praised as a hangover cure?
Let’s take a look at what the experts had to say.


Is it more hydrating than water or a sports drink?

The research says no. Two studies showed that coconut water on its own provided a minimal difference in hydration in humans, compared with water and sports drinks.

Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian, agrees with the research. But she said it’s important to consider that the first study was funded by VitaCoco, a coconut water brand, so it was in the best interest of the company.

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Also, although this study showed that some participants experienced bloating and an upset stomach from the beverag the other study’sparticipants did not have these side effects. If there are negative effects, it’s probably on an individual basis, Drayer said.

“My advice would be to try coconut water before you use it for exercise,” 

she said.

In terms of helping with hangovers, Drayer said, there is no valuable research that suggests it is any more beneficial than drinking water.


Does it have benefits during pregnancy?

Some websites tout the advantages of drinking coconut water while pregnant. If you’re a rat, it might help protect you against high-fat-diet-induced changes, one study says. But if you’re a pregnant human, you probably shouldn’t use it as a replacement for other foods, Drayer said.
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“When I look at the nutritional profile for coconut water, it basically has no iron, no protein, hardly any calcium, no omega-3s because it’s fat-free, and no folic acid,” she said. “It’s not a good source of important pregnancy nutrients.”

It’s important for pregnant women to stay hydrated, Drayer said, so if coconut water is going to help them get more fluids, she would recommend it.

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Although coconut water doesn’t yield a lot of calcium, eating an entire raw coconut could provide a good amount of the nutrient. But it’s still no comparison to a cup of milk, which has six times as much calcium as a whole coconut and more protein, she said.


What about weight loss?

“I don’t think there’s anything special about coconut water that will help boost your metabolism. If you’re dehydrated, that might slow your metabolism,” Drayer said. “I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for weight loss. In fact, it has more calories than water.”

Coconut waters typically have 5 to 7 calories and 1 gram of sugar per ounce. A lot of people who are watching their weight may not want to drink their calories, Drayer said. But for those who are exercising and feel like they can afford the calories, it shouldn’t be an issue.

There has been some talk on the Internet that drinking coconut water on an empty stomach in the morning can stimulate metabolism, as well as boost immunity and reduce bad cholesterol. Jason Ewoldt, registered dietitian and wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said the research would not support this.

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“It seems like there’s always some new breaking thing that you have to eat in the morning on an empty stomach to help with weight loss or energy or what have you,” Ewoldt said. 

“There’s nothing special about coconut water. It’s essentially water with some electrolytes, which you could do in the morning by drinking a glass of water and having a banana.”



Potassium benefits

Potassium is a mineral that plays a key role in maintaining the body’s heartbeat, muscle contractions, cholesterol and nerve impulses. Coconut water has more potassium than a medium banana.

“When I look at coconut water, the biggest benefit is coming from the fact that it’s a high or nice source of potassium,” 

Ewoldt said. 

“But we can do the same thing by eating foods that have a high source of potassium, like potatoes or kidney beans or spinach. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper, and ultimately, we’d be getting a lot more nutrition that just with potassium.”

If you want to kill two birds with one stone nutritionally, coconut water is probably not the way to go.


What about coconut oil and coconut milk?

Coconut oil had a healthy image among “foodies” for a while, often as a central cooking ingredient. A recent report by the American Heart Association shut this down, stating that coconut oil has a higher percentage of saturated fat than butter, palm oil and lard. It referenced multiple studies finding that the oil increases LDL — also known as “bad” cholesterol — which causes heart disease.


Are vegetable oils healthy?

Ewoldt agrees with the association’s conclusion and is unsure why some consider coconut oil to be a health food, he said. But he doesn’t think extreme caution needs to be taken. It can be eaten in moderation as an addition to a healthy diet, he said. “Should we be eating it thinking it’s healthy? No.”

People are better off eating foods with unsaturated fats, like avocados and olive oil, he said. Unsaturated fats have been shown to have cardiovascular protective effects.

Coconut milk is also higher in saturated fat and calories, he said. It has much less potassium than coconut water and very little fiber. However, it makes a nice substitution for people who are lactose intolerant, he said.


The verdict on coconut water

Drayer said coconut water has hydrating benefits, but she saw nothing special about it nutritionally, compared with whole foods.

“It can help to hydrate you and make sure you’re meeting your fluid needs,” Drayer said. “But I don’t think there’s anything magical about it. I don’t think there’s anything that you wouldn’t find in whole foods that it contains. And the studies that link it to various health claims certainly haven’t been rigorous enough.”

Ewoldt warned against any assumptions that coconut water may have special health properties, especially if it’s leading to heavy spending.

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“Overall, I would say if you’re looking for a different beverage to help with hydration, coconut water can be that beverage. Is it better than drinking water or eating fruits and vegetables? Absolutely not,” 

he said. 

“If you’re aware of the amount you’re drinking coconut water and you’re having a healthy balanced diet, it can be an addition to a diet as anything can. But if you’re looking at it from the point of ‘it’s a magical elixir,’ you’re spending a lot of money on something that’s doing very little.” 

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U.S. Gives Approval To Sell 12 A29 Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria Despite Concerns

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the previous administration over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians.

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The department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sale on 2 August. The package includes the aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts and facilities to support the program, according to a 3 August announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

In January 2017, a Nigerian Air Force fighter bombed a northeast refugee camp near the border with Cameroon, which reportedly killed at least 100 civilians. The attack prompted the Obama administration to put the Super Tucano sale on hold. The Trump Administration restarted the approval process a few months later, pushing for the sale to support Nigeria’s fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Super Tucano operators will be trained not only in targeting, but in human rights and the law of armed conflict, a government official tells FlightGlobal. The training is part of an effort to assuage earlier concerns over the Nigerian Air Force’s actions.

The sale marks another victory for Embraer, which is flying the A-29 in the US Air Force’s light attack OA-X experiment this week at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
While the recent deal marks a foreign military sale for Embraer’s aircraft, the USAF has also acquired a total of 26 A-29s since 2014 to transfer to the air forces of Lebanon and Afghanistan. 
This is the second FMS deal for the Super Tucano following the sale to Lebanon. Embraer is also selling the Super Tucano independently of FMS and the USAF’s Building Partnership for Capacity program.

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Infinix Note 4 Gets High Market Attention With Fast Charging Advantage

Designed for the youths to go beyond,   Infinix Note 4 series, just released in the Nigerian market is gaining   market attention as a result of key innovative features,   especially, the   fast charger, Xpen, among others.

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While retaining   its DNA of stylish design, big screen, big battery and super-fast charge,   the product , a 4th generation of the Infinix Note Series, with the first of its kind Stylus pen ‘Xpen’ is crafted with state-of-art technology.

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At the launch in Lagos recently, the Regional Manager of smart phone maker,   Infinix Africa,   Bruno Li had told audience that Inifinix had introduced   a new era for their   Note series.

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True to his statement, the new product has a beautiful design with innovation of super-fast charge as the device   has the theme ‘5 minutes charge 250 minutes talk time’ and a battery life of 4500MAH, which charges five times faster and is equipped with Xcharge 4.0.

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Infinix Note 4 features ‘Note 4 & Note 4 Pro’, which are both budget friendly and runs on versions 7.0 Android.

Remarkable features

Crafted with finger print, the device also   comes with other remarkable features such as 5.7FHD screen, 13MP AF back camera, 8MP-mega pixels front camera, Xpen, Octa-core 1.3GHz 64bits, 32GB ROM, with expandable storage space to 128gb and 3GB RAM, 4G enabled and XOS 2.3.

The launch, which received a massive reception, also led to the smartphone becoming Nigeria’s most searched Android smartphone on Google the first time a mid-range smartphone has taken the search lead.

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Coming in three colours, champagne Gold, Ice Blue and Milan Black, customers, according to the tech giant,   customers could   pre-order the new Infinix Note 4 at all partner stores in Nigeria and get free Dual-Noise cancelling earphones or 3D speakers when they pre order before the 7th of July when it will be available in the market.

The retail price for Infinix Note 4 is N53, 000 and N58, 000 for the 32GB + 3GB and the Note 4 Pro will retail for N66, 000 respectively.

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E-Money artist, joins Anambra governorship race [PHOTO]

Music star, Kinsley Okonkwo better known as Kcee of E-Money has announced his intention to run for Anambra state Governorship election.

The singer on Thursday took to his instagram page declaring his interest to run for the position.

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The slogan aptly captured on his banner reads, ‘Peace and enjoyment for all.’

Kcee told his fans to anticipate the big announce which will be made public and officially on August 8.

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Recall that Yul Edochie had earlier declared his interest to run for the November election.

Both artists are yet to announce under what platform they will be running.

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