Association of masticatory muscle activity with sleep arousal and other concomitant movements during sleep

Haruna Miki, Hajime Minakuchi, Mayu Miyagi, Emilio Satoshi Hara, Shuji Shigemoto, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Kenji Maekawa, Yoshizo Matsuka, Glenn T. Clark, Takuo Kuboki

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Objective: This study aims to verify the associations among sleep bruxism (SB), sleep arousal (SA) and concurrent body movements. Material and Methods: Subjects underwent a standard overnight polysomnography test and audio-video recordings. Sleep quality was evaluated according to the Rechtschaffen and Kales criteria, while SA was determined as per the American Sleep Disorders Association criteria. Analyses were performed by an external institution after masking of the subjects' information. SB was assessed based on the presence/absence of rhythmic masticatory muscle activity (RMMA) episodes, which were identified by using electromyography of the masseter muscle. The observed simultaneous movements included lower leg movement (LLM), swallowing, face scratching, head movement, body movement, eye blinking, coughing, licking, sighing, body scratching, lip sucking, somniloquy and yawning. The LLM was determined visually, as well as through an increase in the tibialis electromyogram signal. Other movements were visually assessed using audio-video recordings. The incidences of all the simultaneous movements were compared between RMMA with intercurrent SA (SAwRMMA; RMMA episode derived from a masseter electromyogram showing more than 10% of maximum voluntary contraction) and SA without RMMA (SAw/oRMMA). Results: Fourteen subjects were included in this study (females/males: 4/10, mean age: 31.5 ± 5.7 years). Among these, LLM, swallowing, body movement, licking, body scratching and lip sucking were frequently observed in SAwRMMA episodes than in SAw/oRMMA episodes, significantly. However, the non-specific simultaneous movements were higher observed in SAw/oRMMA episodes than that in SAwRMMA. Conclusion: Our results suggest that SB is concurrently activated with LLM in relation to arousal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of oral rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • concomitant movement
  • non-specific simultaneous movements
  • polysomnography assessment
  • rhythmic masticatory muscle activity
  • sleep arousal
  • sleep bruxism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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