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Could more sleep help to relieve some of your TMJ pain? 

A good night’s sleep is truly worth its weight in gold, and while it may not be the absolute solution for your TMJ pain, it can certainly help to relieve some of it. This is because a lack of sleep can actually make your pain worse. Sleep disturbances or deprivation can affect you in many surprising ways, and it can even increase your inflammatory markers and estrogen levels. While estrogen may not seem like it is related to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), studies have shown that both female and male patients who suffer from TMD have abnormally high levels of estrogen.

Sleep disorders and TMD make a vicious cycle. 

Not only does a lack of sleep make existing TMD symptoms worse, your TMD pain can also lead to sleep disturbances. The pain from TMD might keep you up at night, and the architecture of your mouth may put your tongue in a place where it ends up blocking your airways while you sleep, which could end up making you snore and disturbing your sleep. Not only does a lack of sleep exacerbate TMJ pain, it can also lead to many other health issues, so if your TMJ pain is keeping you up or your sleep disorder is making your TMJ pain worse, contact us to get the treatment you need right away.

At James Otten Dentistry, our goal is to help patients who want to take a more active approach to their health. If you are sick of suffering from TMJ pain or if you’re struggling with snoring when you sleep, it’s time to turn to us to get the TMJ and sleep apnea treatment you need in Lawrence. Schedule your appointment today!