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Is More Sleep One Way of Helping Manage TMD Pain?
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
One of the most common ongoing or recurring dental issues that people face is TMD. From pain pills to dental treatments to special foods and vitamins, patients suffering from this disorder are constantly looking for ways to help alleviate the pain and provide some type of relief.
But as it often is with so many of the conditions which we face, sometimes nature offers a little bit of help in ways which we either don't expect or just simply forget about. One such miracle cure-all is and always has been getting the proper amount of rest each night.
The Body Needs Sleep to Heal Whether you are battling a cold, recovering from an injury, or in this case, dealing with a dental condition, the body does all of its regenerative and restorative procedures while you are asleep. And this doesn't mean the nap that you try to squeeze in during the day. We are talking about the seven to eight hours per night that is recommended for all pre-senior adults.
Best Position to Sleep in for TMD
It is also critical when getting the proper amount of sleep each night that you are sleeping in the correct position. This can be extremely difficult for people who are in the habit of sleeping in a certain position and find it difficult to switch. But in order to get the maximum benefits of sleep when it comes to managing your TMD, the best way to doze is on your back. This helps to keep the jaw properly aligned at night with no pressure or weight on it as with side or stomach sleeping.
To learn more about the effects that sleep can have on your TMD, get in touch with our offices and one of our friendly staff members will be glad to assist you.